Craftsman BAS350 or Rikon 10-321 Quick Tension relief for bandsaw.

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Project by Paul posted 11-03-2015 12:25 AM 1727 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started with me getting tired of cranking the hand wheel on my bandsaw every time I was done with it. I had a 12” HF F clamp that broke and I simply cut it to size, drilled 2, 1/4” holes in the hand wheel and the repurposed bar clamp iron, added an oak handle and called it good.

I call it “quick” tension relief because I have not found a real quick tension relief lever on the market yet and I have not found time to hack into my bandsaw yet to make a real one.

It does work quite well however, It provides approx. 5-1 revolutions per turn opposed to the stock hand wheel.

Thanks for looking,


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#1 posted 11-03-2015 10:46 PM

Great mod! Here is my version…

I discovered that a 3/8” extension will fit in the hole perfectly. So I drilled a hole in the extension and epoxied a section of a #10 bolt into it.

I bought a cheap ratchet from HF and now I can tension and de-tension with ease. As a bonus the ratchet matches the color scheme of the band saw!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#2 posted 11-03-2015 11:09 PM

Nice mod as well Todd, I used materials I had on hand but your ratchet weld looms even easier to use.


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