I recently bought and set up my first ever bandsaw, a Laguna 14/12. While I understand that bandsaws make rougher cuts than, say, a table saw, my new saw is leaving quite a rough surface given the fineness of the blade I’m using.
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
- bought a third party blade (13mm wide, with 4tpi)
- tensioned the blade so that it deflects about 5mm when I press it
- tracked the blade so that the teeth are nearly centered on the tires, based on advice from the internet
- set up the blade and the guides to the best of my ability, such that they are very close but not touching
Here are some test rips I did, in walnut and construction pine.
Is the problem likely the choice of blade or setup? Or is this normal for a brand new bandsaw/blade?