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Blog entry by Tim Dorcas posted 02-11-2009 09:30 PM 1590 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently on my website, I created an entry about several of the modifications and upgrades I have made to my Bandsaw. If you have any interest in what you can do to your bandsaw, it’s worth checking out here.

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#1 posted 02-11-2009 10:04 PM

those are pretty cool. reminded me that I can change the belt to a v-belt on mine… when the time comes… thanx for sharing.

I find the bandsaw to be my fav. tool in the shop, the most versatile, quiet, and safer then others.

it would have been funny if for the first pic on your blog you’d post a ryobi 9” bandsaw…. and the last pic on the page (after all the updates) you’d post an 18” bandsaw (buffed up).... lol

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#2 posted 02-11-2009 10:39 PM

I hopped mine up with the link belt, riser block, Carter guides, and a Rockler bandsaw table. Definitely need a tension quick release. How much of a difference does that aftermarket spring make ?

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#3 posted 02-12-2009 03:21 AM

Thanks for the comments. Honestly the OEM spring would have been fine. I do not notice that big a difference. I guess I should try a wider blade to really put it through its paces. The blade quick release definitely helps. When I want to tension the blade, I lift the quick release handle and it locks the blade at the correct tension. I manually spin the wheels a couple of time to make sure everything lines up correctly and I’m back in business. In the past I often got lazy and left the blade under tension. I don’t know if I would spend $150 to this but at $40 this is a can’t miss accessory. BTW, House of Tools in Calgary still had two left at this clearance price.

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