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legerlumber
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tensioner hd 36

finally got my mill running trying to determine the correct tension on the blade . im thinking of welding a nut on the tensioner handle so i can use a torque wrench to get consistency. they say to tighten untill it bottoms out on the spacers its pretty tight the blade flew of not running when i tried that method . so iwent less set the tracking and ran it up to full speed all seems good havent tried a log yet .a buddy of mine made a mill years ago and the torque wrench lived on the mill. anyone else tried this ?

williambrunet
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Hi Ledger,

I just got my Lm-29 And  was thinking of welding a Nut to the tensioner as well.  I'd rather avec a constant with the torque wrench.  I just finished installing it last night - and I will try to make some sawdust today.  I will keep you posted on the results of blade tension with the torque wrench vs ''bottoming out''

sorry for my english! 

Bill
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Tracking is fairly important but I'm not so sure tension is every time I change blades mine will be different . It won't take long after sawing a while to set the tension just by feel and when making long cuts in hardwood after a few cuts I some times add a few turns to the tension when the blade warms up but not wlays.

legerlumber
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thanks for the input i guess ill just see how it goes seems to run smooth empty at full throttle . tracking seems good install out side covers and move it outside and try a log

Dan Radusinovich
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My HD36 is just shipping this week so I have not been able to see what involved but when I was at the Ag Show last month I was told from Nirwood that you take up the slack in the bolt until the washer plates touched, then 3-12 full turns. Seemed easy when I watched them do it this was

Post Oakie
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I've thought about the torque wrench idea, too.  I'll do that, next time I get the welder out.

legerlumber
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watched a vid on woodland mills tension set up they have a t bar handle with a nut on it for torque wrench and recomend 35 ft pounds

legerlumber
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watched a vid on woodland mills tension set up they have a t bar handle with a nut on it for torque wrench and recomend 35 ft pounds

legerlumber
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apparently you are not supposed to follow the instructions where it says  tighten the t handle untill the spacers bottom out. changed blades put on goldline went with the 3 1/2 turns from when the washer contacts the spring and now cutting like a charm. waiting for a log to thaw out to see how it cuts non frozen

legerlumber
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apparently you are not supposed to follow the instructions where it says  tighten the t handle untill the spacers bottom out. changed blades put on goldline went with the 3 1/2 turns from when the washer contacts the spring and now cutting like a charm. waiting for a log to thaw out to see how it cuts non frozen

zehrbrox
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I do 6 half turns (3 full). for some reason I thought this was the spec in the manual, but not 100% sure there.  haven't had any issues yet about 30hrs on the mill so far (HD36)