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Posted on Band Saw or Bandsaw? And, do you really need a quick release?

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 09:57 PM

Crank- That’s a good point. Using a bandsaw tension release can cause you to forget to re-tension before you turn it back on. I doubt that would be catastrophic, but what a mess it would cause!

Of course, the Carter tension handle is designed to remind you to retighten because it has a big red grip on the end which hangs down in your face when the tension is released. Home made versions don’t usually have that.

Everyone seems to say- why not have one. I can think of a couple reasons not to- 1. Price, 2. Price and 3. Price. If I bought every do-jiggy on the market for every tool I’d be broke. So before anyone slaps down the big bucks, it better have an upside that makes it worth the price.

I have yet to hear of anyone who has ever confirmed that NOT releasing the tension between uses has damaged anything. So seems to me that it is a waste of money.

Of course, if someone gave me one I’d use it!

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