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  • Blade Tension Problem Porter Cable

    I bought a 16" Porter Cable saw from Lowe's about 5 months ago and I am having problems keeping the tension on the blades. I will put in a new blade get the tension set and start cutting and may only cut for a minute or so and the blade has lost its tension and I have to cut out the side or stop and unhook the top of the blade and reset the tension. I have a hard time getting the tension set right when feeding thru a drilled hole to do an inside cut. What am I doing wrong. I am using FD blades. When the tension is right the saw cuts great. Sometimes it gets very frustrating. Anyone else having this problem?

  • #2
    I also use this saw and had that problem at first now that I take a piece of sandpaper and sand the ends of the blades on both ends it works great. I also use fd blades hope this helps. I found that the manufacters put an oil or other substance on the blades to keep them from rusting and if not sanded they slip in the clamps.
    "Keep Scrolling Along"
    Chris "The WoodArtist"


    • #3
      Thanks alot for the responce. I will sand the ends of the blades to see if that helps.

      Thanks - Mark


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