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Forum topic by BurlyBob posted 07-21-2015 01:09 AM 548 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2015 01:09 AM

So a number of years ago I picked up a Dewalt 12” band saw. Actually it’s an Atlas 912. I’m in the process of getting tuned up like it should be. I’ve replaced all the bearings, a new blade, new tires arrive later this week. What I really need is a new tension spring. I checked OWWM and a couple of other websites and forum sites. They indicate that the Carter replacement springs are a little to strong for this saw. If anyone can give me a lead where to get a new spring it would be greatly appreciated.

Burly Bob

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 01:20 AM

I can see how a spring might be too soft, allowing it to bottom out before allowing enough tension… but I’m having a hard time imagining how it could be too strong – you just don’t need to crank down on it as much as you would with a stock spring. Also, what’s wrong with the spring that is on there now (if there is one)?


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#2 posted 07-21-2015 01:38 AM

Yeah, Brad I felt that way also, so I measured the bolt. It’s 2 1/2” long, the shortest Carter bolt is 2 1/2”. I very well may settle for that and be done with it. Just thought I’d pull the trigger and see what I could find out from any other Jocks.

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 07:10 AM

McMaster Carr sells springs of all sizes and strengths.
But, they wouldn’t call it a specific purpose, as in “band saw blade tension spring”.
You would have to know the type of coil, O.D. of coil, diameter of wire, etc.

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 03:20 PM

Thanks Mike. I’ll look into it today. Got to do some weed killing first thing.


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