Quick Tension Lever for my Bandsaw

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Project by bowtie posted 09-21-2012 11:00 AM 3228 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A quick tensioning lever for my Craftsman 12 ” Bandsaw. I pull the lever and insert wedge to lock, when detensioned the wedge hangs by blade as a reminder to tension.
their is a lot of tension on the spring your compressing.
mine is built from hickory, handle must be tough, steel would also be a good choice.
this has the potential to be a real knuckle buster!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 11:10 AM

It’s not a good project unless i leave blood on it somewhere :-)

Aways nice to be able to give it that little extra tension sometimes.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 11:31 AM

great idea. good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 12:59 PM

cool idea good job

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 09-22-2012 01:05 AM

That’s a pretty crafty solution.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 09-22-2012 01:41 AM

Plan to put new tires on my saw, tomorrow. Will be using your idea, as part of the re-do. Thanks!!!

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#6 posted 09-23-2012 02:42 PM

Looks good, going to adapt the idea to fit my saw.

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