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Project by tenontim posted 2368 days ago 3265 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tried to post this on Blake’s site, but couldn’t get pictures to load. I kicked the idea around of a device like the one Blake made, but settled on the large handwheel, usually sells for about $70. I bought the parts from Grizzley. Handwheel=$6.95 and handle=$1.50, plus shipping. The photos show how to do it. I added the acorn nut on the bottom to give the original rod the height it needed to clear the top of the saw. I also added the eye bolt to keep it from swinging around to much. A quick 5 turns and it goes from 0 tension to a setting for a 3/8” blade.





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Woodchuck1957

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#1 posted 2368 days ago

Interesting ideas. Looks good, and probably faster than the stock 2” plastic knob.

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Blake

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#2 posted 2367 days ago

Looks good! A big improvement over what it was. I might look into using the same thing along with my quick-release. Sounds like a great deal from Grizzly. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 2367 days ago

Do you have the Grizzly part #’s for the wheel? If not what is the diameter of the wheel? Nice post thanks.

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tenontim

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#4 posted 2367 days ago

H3189 Cast Iron Handwheel – 6” and I used the H3205 Chromed Handle – 4” x 3/8”-16. I don’t know if it’s in their catalog anymore, but should still be on the website.www.grizzly.com

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John Gray

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#5 posted 2366 days ago

Many thanks the part #’s are still good, prices went up like about everything else these days ;-)

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#6 posted 2357 days ago

A nice idea for a quick release.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 988 days ago

Thanks for the idea. I just did this modification today on my GO555.

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#8 posted 724 days ago

Older post I know, But I just got done with mine, used a swivel foot off an broken C clamp I had laying around,
and for the handwheel, a old faceplate from a craftsman 109.21270 metal lathe I had laying around, and had the
handle laying around.
post is long, but you can skim through it if you want, it’s at saw mill creek, Did have to end up pinning the acme rod into the 1/2” rod. Ended up using a wooded V block and a cup center # 2 MT for a wood lathe to drill the rod.

http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?190464-Highland-Hardware-bandsaw-tensioner

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mrbreezeet1

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#9 posted 724 days ago

that Part # H3189 Cast Iron Handwheel , they still have it, but it’s $11.XX something, and it looks cheaper made that the one the OP used.

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