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10-12-2014 10:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I have this Craftsman 12” Bandsaw:

I find the tensioning knob to be a pain, but it is not standard, so I don’t think the standard aftermarket quick cranks will fit. Here are pics of the connection and the tensioning knob—there is a slot in the connector and the knob has pins on either side of the short rod that fit in the slots. Any ideas on a quick crank-type solution?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 10-12-2014 11:23 PM

Hmmm, take it to a welder and have them weld some iron around there that you can file to fit in???

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#2 posted 10-12-2014 11:59 PM

You can make a handle from hardwood. Just trace the knob profile on an appropriate length piece and then cut it out and shape and taper the other end. Now drill and insert a dowel rod for the lever handle. To attach the cut out hole to the knob drill a couple thru holes and lock with either pins or screws. Or you can attach with 2 part epoxy. I have made these for two different band saws. Works great.

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 12:07 AM

Tap it.

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#4 posted 10-13-2014 12:08 AM

Vernon,

I think I understand, but not totally sure. Are you suggesting a wooden down with a pin through it securely attached in the middle of a, let’s say, 8” piece of wood with another dowel inserted near the end as a handle?

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#5 posted 10-13-2014 12:08 AM

Dallas,

That’s a bit too compact for me. Could you elaborate?

Charles

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#6 posted 10-13-2014 12:36 AM

I think The ones I made were no longer than 6 inches. You would use the original knob attached to the adjustment rod with this hard wood lever with the cut out knob profile attached to the original knob and on the other end is an attached dowel rod (about 3” long)to act as a lever handle. Now you just hold the dowel rod handle with your finger tips and can just easily adjust either up or down. PM if you like. It is fast and works great.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 10-13-2014 04:06 AM

I have the 14” C-Man and agree it could be better. I saw a fix in one of the Wood Magazine The best American shop specials. I have not done it yet, I look forward to what you finally do. Dan

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#8 posted 10-15-2014 01:42 AM

Vernon, I’m not sure that this is what you meant, but this is what I came up with. So far it seems to work pretty well, but I haven’t tried it too much.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 10-15-2014 11:50 AM

Good job. Looks like it will work fine. Perhaps a little easier than cutting out for the large knob. Glad to have helped. Sometimes just and idea is all it takes.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#10 posted 10-15-2014 02:33 PM

I modified my handle.

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#11 posted 10-15-2014 06:29 PM

That is nice, Whyme. We’ll see how mine holds up. It was quick and easy with scrap, so I’m good.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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