I have a problem that I doubt that anyone can help me with, but I need a shoulder to cry on.
About 6 months ago(maybe longer), I purchased a Carter AccuRight Ratchet Rod bandsaw tensioner.
It took me a couple months to get around to opening the package and installing it. I first used it on a 1/4” blade and it worked great, and made tensioning the blade much easier on my Delta 28-203 14” bandsaw.
However, a month or so ago, I put on my brand new 1/2” Woodslicer blade to do some resawing. And it took alot of tensioning to get the blade as tight as needed. The Ratchet Rod made the task much easier than it would have been without it.
Midway through the cut a I heard an incredible noise, BANG!!!, then heard more noise that wouldn’t stop until I frantically hit the stop button on the saw.
What had happened was, the bottom of the tension rod slipped off of the semi-rounded frame of the saw and slid down between the back of the frame and the top wheel housing.
It bent the ratchet rod, and trashed my brand new blade, along with the top urethane tire, which I just installed last summer.
I’m so hurt. Not physically, but mentally, and also heartbroken.
I emailed Carter, not to ask for a replacement, but to try to find out if it was something I did wrong, or just the engineering of the way the rod rests on the rounded frame, which I personally feel is a design flaw. Of course, it could be that I applied too much tension, but I don’t believe that to be the case, as I only put more tension on the blade until the cuts were satisfactory.
Anyway after two emails to Carter, I have not received a response, not even a “it sucks to be you” response.
What do you all think I did wrong?
-- Jg, Pittsburgh