Simple Bandsaw Tension Adjuster

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Project by DancingWood posted 12-24-2011 09:17 AM 2741 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It makes de-tensioning the blade after use a heck of a lot easier. It just presses on top of the factory knob (no fasteners). I thought I might need to add an eyebolt like this one. But it hasn’t needed it. I got the idea for the handle from here. The dowel is 5/8” that I had on hand.

-- Steve, Port Charlotte, FL

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 11:19 AM

Simple sweet and not a permanant modification Good job.

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 02:33 PM

Great idea. I hate those little knobs that you they put on the saws.

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 04:23 PM

GREAT !!! The answer to my prayers !!! Thanks for sharing!! My tired hand’s says Thanks!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 04:26 PM

whoever came up with those cheesy little knobs on a band saw anyway?
They should be resawed and kiln dried!

Great idea by the way!

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 04:53 PM

Reminds me of this gem I saw the other day: guy replaces a worn-out bandsaw tensioner by 3D printing a replacement.

-- Every time I walk in my shop I thank my dad, my geometry teacher, and my drafting that order.

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#6 posted 12-24-2011 06:32 PM

Great idea for on item to market. I will make one but if I was able to buy it for a few dollars I would. Thanks for posting

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 07:56 PM

Thanks for this. I have been looking for an easier solution for my 14” Craftsman bandsaw knob. This should be just the thing.

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#8 posted 12-24-2011 11:26 PM

Excellent solution!


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#9 posted 12-24-2011 11:31 PM

I’m doing this first thing after Christmas. Thanks Steve!


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#10 posted 12-25-2011 04:17 AM

Outstanding idea !!!
I love it.
Good job.

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#11 posted 12-25-2011 05:18 AM

I created a mobile cart for my bandsaw, located in my projects, added a custom light also in my projects which works awesome so why stop there, now we have an awesome new gadget for de-tensioning, thanks a bunch for this great christmas idea. :)


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#12 posted 12-26-2011 06:38 AM

The end opposite the handle had a tendency to lift up so I added a couple of washers to hold it firmly to the knob:

-- Steve, Port Charlotte, FL

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#13 posted 12-26-2011 03:41 PM

Who would think more great improvements would come from such a simple but very clever idea!
Nice update!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#14 posted 12-26-2011 03:54 PM

Great idea

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#15 posted 12-31-2011 06:20 AM

Love it, thanks!

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