John K Jordan
I also still have my older USA-made Delta 14" bandsaw but don't use it much now. When new I experimented with a lot of different blades. I have a tension gauge to set the tension.
I destroyed the stock tension bracket trying to properly tension a 3/4" blade - the bracket bent. Fortunately, Iturra Design carried a stronger bracket. That, his stronger spring, and aligning the saw made an excellent machine for resawing dry and cutting green up to 12" with a riser block. After my experiments with larger blades I stuck with 1/2".