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    I have the Ridgid Bandsaw and I've had to replace the Tensioning screw and nut twice because of the tensioning screw stripping and preventing me from loosening or tightening the blade. I definitely don't overtighten. I was taught that the tension on a bandsaw blade should always be released when not in use. This tendency to strip on the tensioning screw is very irritating. I suspect either a design flaw or a poorly made part. What can Ridgid do about this?

  • #2
    Woo,

    Turns out it was some parts out of spec. We have replaced the parts we have in stock with correct, in spec ones.

    Jake

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    • #3
      Is that a problem on all 14 bandsaws, I mean should we order a replacement part in anticipation of having this problem?

      [ 11-05-2002, 11:59 AM: Message edited by: hi ho sliver ]
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      • #4
        Originally posted by R Woo:
        I have the Ridgid Bandsaw and I've had to replace the Tensioning screw and nut twice because of the tensioning screw stripping and preventing me from loosening or tightening the blade. I definitely don't overtighten. I was taught that the tension on a bandsaw blade should always be released when not in use. This tendency to strip on the tensioning screw is very irritating. I suspect either a design flaw or a poorly made part. What can Ridgid do about this?

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        • #5
          Sorry, still figuring out how this site works.

          I have the same problem on my bandsaw. What's my next step? Is the part covered under warranty? How do I know that the replacement I get is the upgraded part?

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          • #6
            Jam,

            Yes that part is covered under warrenty. Simply call 1-800-4RIDGID and they will get a part sent out.

            Jake

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            • #7
              How far down should the tension be lowered when the band saw is not in use?

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              • #8
                Turning the tensioning a full 3 or 4 turns will do. I release all the tension on mine. Sometimes my bandsaw doesn't see use for a week or two at a time.

                Not releasing tension will flaten and harden the tires, causing tracking problems. Will weaken the blades. Next time you brake a blade, if it did not break at the weld, it's probably from not releasing tension. And will prematurely compress the tensioning spring, causing loss of tension.
                John E. Adams<br /><a href=\"http://www.woodys-workshop.com\" target=\"_blank\">www.woodys-workshop.com</a>

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