Bad Bandsaw Tension Spring?

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Forum topic by Bergie37 posted 08-05-2015 02:43 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2015 02:43 PM

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Hi All,

I bought a Delta 28-203 bandsaw recently and have only used it with a smaller blade. I have not had any issues tensioning it with a 1/4” blade. I installed a 1/2” blade and tried to tension, but the spring fully compressed before getting to proper blade tension. with the blade off, the wheel can be raised to the top, but when the blade is on, the spring compresses quickly. Is the spring just worn out? Is there anything else obvious that would be causing this issue? Is this a common problem? Can I buy just a new spring, any suggestions?


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#1 posted 08-05-2015 02:47 PM

Get the carter spring, problem solved. Ran a 1/2 blade on mine no problem.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 02:51 PM

I go believe that some companies like Carter sell replacement springs. I have found it’s really hard to tension larger blades on a 14” bandsaw. I can usually get 1/2” blades tensioned ok but 3/4” blades just never seem to work well for me. I recently switched out to a Timber Wolf low tension 3/4” resaw blade and I’m pretty happy so far with the results. The new blade has a pretty wide kerf which for rough resaw work I find works well.

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