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Forum topic by donaldpmoran posted 340 days ago 895 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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donaldpmoran

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340 days ago

I got my new bandsaw earlier this week, a G0555LANV. After unpacking it I found that the plastic tension knob on top was shattered into 100 pieces. I contacted Grizzly about it and they are going to send me a new tension bolt. The part comes as the bolt and the knob. I believe this is because there is, or was, a hole in the side of the knob and a hole in the bolt. A roll pin joins them together. They are currently out of stock on the part but are trying to locate one. Since I am going to end up getting a new one does anyone have any ideas to make the tension knob, minus a knob, functional for the time being? I really want to get it all set up and running. It’s always exciting to get a new tool and sucks when it’s one piece of plastic that stops it all. Thanks.

-- Imperfections make it unique!


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Bill White

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#1 posted 340 days ago

When I have a Grizz prob, I often call on the TECH LINE, Those folks seem to have a way to circumvent the “parts aren’t available yet” network. Good folks, and will be eager to help out.
Bill

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#2 posted 340 days ago

I own the G0555P model. Below is a quick photo of my tension knob. If your model is like mine, then your tension bolt is threaded like mine (knob has a fixed nut, screwed on the end of the tension rod and held in place with a pin). Maybe, you could temporarily replace the knob with two nuts tightened against each other onto the tension rod. Then use a socket and ratchet or box wrench to turn the two nuts to tension your blade…. just a guess…..Congrats on your saw regardless

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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donaldpmoran

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#3 posted 340 days ago

Ya, that is what I can tell it is supposed to look like from the few big pieces I have. The nut idea is a good one. I might try that. I was able to get the roll pin out so I might try to find a new knob that will fit the threads. I will probably take the bolt off tomorrow and take it down to the big box store and see what they got. Fingers crossed.

-- Imperfections make it unique!

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kdc68

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#4 posted 340 days ago

donaldmoran....Look at the Grizzly Website for your model. They may have a schematic of your saw under “Parts List”.....good luck !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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donaldpmoran

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#5 posted 340 days ago

Ya that is where I found the part number when I told them what I needed.

-- Imperfections make it unique!

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JustaLilJoinery

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#6 posted 340 days ago

Congrats on the new addition!
I guess I’m now in the G0555 club…I’m JUST about finished setting up having also just received my Woodslicer blade shipment recommended here

I was SO eager to cut something but then realized that when a friend’s hubby came over to help me get the saw upstairs, I was so worried about putting them out (they got NOTHING out of helping me) that I neglected to level the base on the wheeled base that came with. SO now that the saw doesn’t try to lean over me…I have to decide if I should just start cutting or bite the bullet and move the whole she-bang now that I realize how much the table and fence stick out into my walkway. (if you check out my blog here you’ll see that my ‘walkway’ in a 10’ room is very tongue in cheek.

One part wants to jump in and the other wants to be just ‘so’ before I get started…I totally sympathize with having to wait. Hopefully you can jig up a workaround and start having some fun.
Would love to see your first project!

-- Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. -Hubbard

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Dorty

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#7 posted 339 days ago

There should be two sets of Jam nuts on the bolt. You can just use a wrench to tighten and loosen the bolt. Channel locks will work to:)

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donaldpmoran

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#8 posted 338 days ago

The solution! Temporarily that is.

-- Imperfections make it unique!

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kdc68

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#9 posted 338 days ago

Great that you came up with a fix….now you can use the saw until Grizzly comes up with replacement parts

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Chris208

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#10 posted 338 days ago

Vice grips work great. I had them as the tension knob on my old bandsaw. Ghetto looking, but way easier to use than the standard knob.

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