Monarch Introduces Bandsaw Precision

There’s a new woodworking tool company emerging to the world. Monarch Industrial has just launched a new product that is the answer to the most-often asked question in bandsaw setup. How do you accurately adjust the tension on your bandsaw blade? With the release of its new Tension Gauge, Monarch introduces bandsaw precision. Every woodworker now has the ability to set the perfect tension in his or her blades, and that’s way better than the on-board gauges found on most bandsaws – we know how those lack credibility.

The Monarch Tension Gauge is a highly engineered, professionally-thought-out, woodworking tool. Clip the Monarch Tension Gauge onto your bandsaw blade, and you immediately know the blade’s tension. That allows you to tweak the tension to perfection. We’ve had a prototype of this tool in our shop for a few weeks and have found it to be extremely easy to work with and dead-on accurate when resetting the tension on a blade.

You’ll need to pay close attention as you position the gauge so that you stay off any teeth – it’s better to allow the pins to rest on the body of the blade if possible, or in the gullets of the blade if it’s narrow.

Below you can view an introduction and demonstration of the new Monarch Tension Gauge hosted by Barry Schwaiger, an engineer and fellow woodworker who has huge cred in the industry (a simple Google search is overpowering). He also is an owner of the company.

What you get along with the Monarch Tension Gauge ($79.99, click here and scroll down to the middle of the page) is a simple set of instructions, which includes how to set the torsional spring that’s shipped disengaged. Also included is a chart that provides simple settings for your blades based on blade width.

As experience dictates, you can further tweak the settings until you dial in exactly the perfect tension. Write that number on your blade box or inside your machine so you can easily repeat the settings every time.

— Glen D. Huey

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5 thoughts on “Monarch Introduces Bandsaw Precision

  1. Looks like a cool product but still a tad pricey for me. I’ll stick with the “thumb” method for now. I don’t use my band saw enough to justify the cost. It would be helpful I suppose if their scale was not proprietary and actually referred to psi. Still, 80 bucks is a lot cheaper than three hundred for a dial tension meter. Im sure they will sell quite a few of these. If the price drops to the $40 to $50 dollar range I may get in line myself.

  2. Very nice, straightforward product. I question why you would knowingly exclude the many owners of benchtop machines that have smaller vertical capacity. It would appear that you’re measuring the tension in the blade against a known quantity of force (in the spring that is part of your tensioning tool) scaled by the (known) mechanical advantage of the lever built into it. Is that not scalable in some manner? I would think that it is. (I’m disappointed, because I have one of those smaller band saws, and because of the limitation your wonderful product is useless to me.)

    1. Jeff,

      It’s not that the company excluded those owners. It’s due to the shorter distance of exposed blade and how the unit clips to the blade. If you saw has 5″ of exposed blade when the guards are adjusted or removed, you could use the Monarch tool. And who knows, if this gauge becomes an industry standard method for dialing in the perfect bandsaw blade setting, the concept maybe be downsized for smaller units. If I were you, I’d stay in the loop.

  3. where can I purchase one of these gauges????

    1. Jack,

      Here’s a link (also hidden in the first line of text):

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