Question: installing Carter tension rod on Griz bandsaw

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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 03-28-2013 07:55 PM 1205 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2013 07:55 PM

I just got the carter ratchet rod to replace the stock tensioner on my 14” Grizzly bandsaw. I’m sad to lose the quick-release tension function but I was having a lot of trouble with the original rod.

In installing the rod I noticed that without the buffer of the quick release assembly, the bottom of the new rod is resting directly on the painted iron of the saw case. All the force looks like it will be focused on that point. Is this right? Can anyone advise me on how they installed their ratchet rod?

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 07:57 PM

Bump – anyone here use the ratchet rod on a Grizzly other than NB?

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#2 posted 03-31-2013 03:53 PM

Elizabeth, I’ve been watching here to get more info myself. I can tell you that the 2010 Iturra Catalog mentions this. Iturra rounded the bottom of the rod and greased it to prevent a perforation which he would repair by inserting a grade 8 bolt in the hole. I’m thinking about adhering a washer to the casting or making a swivel cap like on a C-clamp if I get ambitious.

If you don’t have one, I recommend calling Iturra Design for their free catalog. They do not have a website, you have to call them. The number on the 2010 catalog is 904-642-2802. -Jack

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#3 posted 03-31-2013 11:49 PM

What they don’t mention is that it’s not the point you need to worry about. It is the wear on the threads of the nut and rod. If you tension/untension the bandsaw- as some recommend- the threads will eventually strip- or worse- seize.
I’ve been through 3 rod/nut combinations (NOT Carter brand). I finally made a tensioning mechanism from Blake's post.

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