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Above: Setting band tension is a story all to itself. A tight tension assures a more accurate cut, but you might consider relieving the tension if the saw will sit unattended for long periods. The top adjustment knob on this machine is to set the tension; the smaller adjustment is to set the angle of the top wheel to align the band. Left: This is a new wood bandsaw from Harbor Freight in John McGann’s warehome. The four-speed Central Machine saw (PN 67595) sells for a reasonable $349.99, but its slowest blade speed is 600 fpm and its highest is 2,670 fpm. The company tells us it’s about to release an affordably priced metal bandsaw, so it might be worth it to wait a bit longer. Harbor Freight also offers a larger horizontal/vertical bandsaw for $229.99 (PN 93762) that will cut up to 41⁄2-inch round pieces with three speeds of 80, 120, and 200 fpm.