Anyone have an easier way to release the tension in a 14" Delta band
saw without installing the (expensive) quick release lever? I was
thinking about some kind of wheel w/handle to replace the plastic
knob. Has anyone done this modification? If so, what diameter size
crank wheel and how was it attached? I'd appreciate description,
pics, or urls. TIA
I made one that did not destroy the original knob. See @
However, I got tired of the ugliness of the kludge and bought a wheel kit
for about $20 and installed it.
Quick Crank. It was about $25 from the manufacturer. Highland Hardware
has them also, but the s & h was too high for just one item.
I just tension the blade and keep the handle facing the front. At the end of
the day, I just take it back 5 turns to de-tension. Re-tension just crank
it the same five turns. Quick and easy.
I got a piece of all-thread rod the same thread and put a
crank on the top. The crank is a 4" piece of aluminum with a
hole at each end, one end is on the rod with two nuts and
the other has a knob attached. Four turns will do the trick
to loosen or tighten.
I took a 1/8" X 3/4" X 4" piece of aluminum. Attached it to the knob of
the adjuster. My knob was metal so I was able to drill and tap one
hole. The knob is not round, it has three spokes. I put a screw into
one of the spokes and one screw drilled and tapped into the aluminum
bar and going between the other two spokes. I did this because there
was not enough room to put two screws into the knob. I then made a knob
to attatch to the aluminum bar so I can crank it.
BTW my bandsaw is a Delta 14"
I posted this yesterday....
It is not cheap nor is it a light weight piece of junk.
Consider buying the spring also:
When you compare this spring to the Delta, you get a nice laugh...
I'd love to see these, but...
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Thanks. Very similar to what I just made, except I enclosed the
original three-prong metal knob into ash wood and secured with a metal
plate without altering/marring the original equipment. My handle is a
turned wood piece with a drilled 1/4" hole down the center where a
threaded bolt secures it. I stained mine today, and tomorrow I'll
apply a finish. I don't have a camera but I could scan and post if
anyone is interested. I made it from scrap pallet ash wood, which I
see in your picture there is plenty scraps!
That was the old Gar...Shop.
All the scraps had to go before we moved - wife couldn't understand
why we would pay to move small bits of wood.
John................building up his supply of scraps again.
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