I have a 1940 Delta 14" which has been restored and works like a
dream. Any comments on the Carter quick release addon?
Using the saw a lot it seems like a good idea or is it one of those
nice to haves?
Can't comment on the Carter quick release because I'm too cheap.
Instead, I replaced the knob and rod with a piece of all thread rod
and put a crank on the top instead of a knob. Three turns and it is
tight, or vice versa.
Get the Iturra catalog - They have several options - including the Carter.
I have a quick-release on the Jet Deluxe - it's nice, but the Carter
might be better. My Jet version just "loosens" the blade - it does not
release it. I always loosen the tension when finished. It's qucik and easy.
I didn't see this amidst all the spam, and I'll admit that given my
druthers I'd go with a handmade version.
However, I have a to-do list that's a few miles long and last year I
unexpectedly came into a sum of money that got my bills paid up, some
to save, and some splurge money left over. So I bought a Carter quick
It was fairly easy to install although I did have to do some drilling
and finagling. Once done it did exactly what it was supposed to, and
having that big red handle sticking up like a flag is an easy way to
reassure myself that I remembered to release the blade.And it makes
changing the blade easy.
I still think it's too expensive. The purchase was an unashamed
splurge. I should have bought something less of a luxury. But it is
one of the things I don't regret buying, use all the time, and it
after way over a year still feels very solid. If I want to kick myself
over spending too much money on something I don't need, I have to look
for somewhere else.
I don't have to look far, just somewhere else.
A knob or spinner kit will do the same for half the money
and doesn't require any mods to saw. Get a Iturra spring
and the spinner wheel and really help the saw and yourself
Phil H wrote:
For me, having a quick release is a must have. It was the first
feature I looked for on the two bandsaws I own. When I use one of
the saws, I want to just pull the lever to set the tension
and then make the cuts I need to. When I'm through using the saw,
I just push the lever the other way and I'm done. No need to remember
how many turns it takes to put the tension on, or how many turns to
From what I've seen, the Carter quick release costs about $155. If
you don't mind the cost, I'd say go for it as it makes the process
of adding and removing tension on the blade a simple, quick and
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