So, after reading all of the advice to ditch the stock blade of a new band saw, I picked up a new Lenox Bi-Metal today. After reading the instructions, I removed the twist tie from the new blade. Thinking that there clould be a lot of spring energy stored in the blade I tried to figure a way to control how it opened. Suddenly I was met with the blade right in the mouth and I was bleeding on my inner forearm. I was really pissed that it did no go as planned. Next time I think I will just throw it out in the grass and run... Anyone care to share your technique as to how you do it?