Band Saw Blade Tension Knob

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Project by Phil277 posted 10-22-2012 09:31 PM 3220 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that I finally bought a good band saw I’ve decided to treat it better than my old one. It’s recommended that the blade tension should be released when it’s no in use. My solution was to make a knod that would be easy to adjust. This knob has a recess that fits the tension knob on the machine. I placed a reference mark on the edge of the knob. To release the tension I rotate the knob counterclockwise 4 revolutions and clockwise 4 revolutions to retension the blade. It works fine.

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#1 posted 10-22-2012 09:40 PM

neat idea. I’m not very good at releasing the tension on my bandsaw. Maybe this would help.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 10-22-2012 11:45 PM

Nice fix to an otherwise knuckle busting situation.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-23-2012 12:52 AM

Great way to go. It is easier to crank that handle with a knob on it than have to grab it tight to turn it—-especially if you have arthritis!!

Thanks for sharing you great addition to your band saw!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-23-2012 01:32 AM

Great idea, I’m going to steal this one for sure.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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