Bandsaw tension assembly

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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 04-07-2011 03:53 AM 1260 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2011 03:53 AM

For those who have a 14” saw with or without a quick release attachment.
I am trying to figure out how the tension spring is used in the assembly.
Looking at some parts breakdowns I still cannot figure this out.
Question: is the tension on the wheels, and for that matter on the blade, being applied through the tension spring? Put another way, when the tension is increased, is it applied by way of increasing the compression of the tension spring?
My cheap 10” has no tension spring and is just a bolt pulling up on the yoke that is attached to the wheel hub. It seems to me that a spring there may cut down on some of the vibration.

Thanks all for helping out a confused amateur engineer!

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 04:08 AM

Fine Woodworking January/February 2001 has a great article on bandsaw tensioning and a shopmade tensioning guage. Click here for the page.

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I made one of these guages and it works very well.

Hope this helps.

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