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Project by TechTeacher04 posted 03-19-2014 12:52 AM 2194 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After oggling the professionally made tensioner wheel upgrades, I made this one with parts I had or made. Only cost me $5 for nuts and the threaded eye bolt.





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rodneyh

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 01:15 AM

Can you post a couple more pics? I really need something like this as the tensioner on my old Grizzly is a POS. Thanks

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jumbojack

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 04:23 AM

Here is my take on the issue:

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 08:20 AM

Both are cool. Well done

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 10:34 AM

Jumbo: You can’t do that! NOW CUT IT OUT AND GET BACK TO WORK

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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jumbojack

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#5 posted 03-19-2014 01:56 PM

At last look I had like five braces. I gave one away to an LJ and this one. I cut the top part off just above the handle. This ended up working out better than I even dreamed.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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TechTeacher04

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#6 posted 03-19-2014 02:11 PM

Great idea Jumbo, the ceiling in my basement shop is too low for a brace. That is why I modeled mine off of a hand crank style. Lower profile yet effective. I now remember to take the tension off the blade when it is not in use.

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jumbojack

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 02:51 PM

I have a note on the door leaving my shop.
SHUT DOWN COMPRESSOR
TENSION THE BANDSAW.
It is the last thing I do everyday.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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kiefer

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 10:03 PM

Now I know where I can use the hand wheel from my vise build( V1)http://lumberjocks.com/projects/93461
Which I no longer use and this looks like something I should do .
Good Idea ,Thanks for the post .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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pintodeluxe

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 10:29 PM

Here is another cost effective option that works great on my Jet bandsaw.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/2002

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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TechTeacher04

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 10:35 PM

I did look into getting one of those. However, the satisfaction of making my own was worth the time and effort. It also helped me justify why I own all the tools that I have. :)

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Underdog

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#11 posted 03-20-2014 03:09 PM

I just made my own too. Don’t you love making improvements to your tools that save you time and energy?

Too bad the bandsaw manufacturers don’t take a hint.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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thelt

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#12 posted 03-23-2014 10:38 AM

Great idea, both are fantastic. Techteacher, I’d love to see more pictures of yours. I so want to do something and I don’t own a drill brace. I’m tired of breaking my knuckles.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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