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Forum topic by turnkey47 posted 12-27-2013 11:00 PM 1003 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2013 11:00 PM

went to change the blade in the bandsaw and the tension rod will not turn either way completrly froze up..was an old blade so i cut that off and tried again nothing still froze…i can see small black filings on the thread…is the rod or square nut stripped? if that is the problem will i have to cut the threaded rod in order to get to the spring and nut??


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#1 posted 12-27-2013 11:08 PM

the tension rods on these are pretty cheaply made. it will turn but it will take quite a bit of effort and mabey a vise grip. the threads strip out on both the rod and the nut. it is best to get some threaded rod and make a new nut to replace the old. put a little grease on the threads when you put it back together. it will attract dust but the dry lubes don’t hold up. I have repaired several of these.

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 11:21 PM

i tried vise grips and it would not budge was afraid i was going to snap something..if i cut the bottom off the threaded rod will the nut and spring drop out???

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#3 posted 12-28-2013 12:49 AM

Is it rusted in place or just bound up? Can you post a pic?.....might help get an answer for ya.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#4 posted 12-28-2013 01:06 AM

no rust ..just bound up tight..can not even move it with vise grips

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#5 posted 12-28-2013 01:24 AM

I’m not familiar with the Jet tension rod/mechanism. But if you can’t free it up you have to take REO’s suggestion. If you replace the threaded rod I’d go with stainless steel, and add maybe a very small amount of marine grade grease, or a very very light coat/film of Never Seize.

Again, a photo would be helpful. Would make it easier for the members here to see what’s what and likely give you more/better assistance.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#6 posted 12-28-2013 11:06 AM

i know that i will have to replace the rod and nut but how do i remove it..it will not turn even with vise grips..i don,t think a photo would help as all you would see is the bandsaw with the rod in place,the rod will not move turn or anything ..thats why i asked if cutting the bottom of the rod would allow the other part of the rod with the nut and spring to drop down so i could remove it

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#7 posted 12-28-2013 12:10 PM

There’s a product called “PB Blaster” that I’ve used with good results for loosening frozen nuts/bolts. Spray the heck out of it and let it stand for a while. Spray some more and wait again. The PB Blaster needs time to work itself into what ever fastener you’re trying to get loose.

If you never heard of it, you can get it at the big blue or big orange box stores, or most any hardware store.

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#8 posted 12-28-2013 12:12 PM

Oh, also…. when you do try to turn the visegrips, tap lightly on the top of the rod with a hammer. That’ll help to break it loose. And turn the rod in BOTH directions as you tap

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#9 posted 12-28-2013 02:46 PM

thanks for all the replys!!i cut the bottom part of the rod that let the nut and spring drop down,then i cut just above the nut,the spring dropped down and i pulled the remaining rod out..that nut was not going to loosen up!!!just have to order a new rod and will probably order a new spring too

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