Band saw tensioner

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Project by tenontim posted 02-27-2008 08:33 PM 6109 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tried to post this on Blake’s site, but couldn’t get pictures to load. I kicked the idea around of a device like the one Blake made, but settled on the large handwheel, usually sells for about $70. I bought the parts from Grizzley. Handwheel=$6.95 and handle=$1.50, plus shipping. The photos show how to do it. I added the acorn nut on the bottom to give the original rod the height it needed to clear the top of the saw. I also added the eye bolt to keep it from swinging around to much. A quick 5 turns and it goes from 0 tension to a setting for a 3/8” blade.

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 10:28 PM

Interesting ideas. Looks good, and probably faster than the stock 2” plastic knob.

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#2 posted 02-28-2008 02:13 AM

Looks good! A big improvement over what it was. I might look into using the same thing along with my quick-release. Sounds like a great deal from Grizzly. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 08:01 PM

Do you have the Grizzly part #’s for the wheel? If not what is the diameter of the wheel? Nice post thanks.

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 08:46 PM

H3189 Cast Iron Handwheel – 6” and I used the H3205 Chromed Handle – 4” x 3/8”-16. I don’t know if it’s in their catalog anymore, but should still be on the

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#5 posted 02-29-2008 09:54 AM

Many thanks the part #’s are still good, prices went up like about everything else these days ;-)

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#6 posted 03-09-2008 04:04 AM

A nice idea for a quick release.

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#7 posted 12-08-2011 04:22 AM

Thanks for the idea. I just did this modification today on my GO555.

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#8 posted 08-28-2012 12:59 AM

Older post I know, But I just got done with mine, used a swivel foot off an broken C clamp I had laying around,
and for the handwheel, a old faceplate from a craftsman 109.21270 metal lathe I had laying around, and had the
handle laying around.
post is long, but you can skim through it if you want, it’s at saw mill creek, Did have to end up pinning the acme rod into the 1/2” rod. Ended up using a wooded V block and a cup center # 2 MT for a wood lathe to drill the rod.

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#9 posted 08-28-2012 01:02 AM

that Part # H3189 Cast Iron Handwheel , they still have it, but it’s $11.XX something, and it looks cheaper made that the one the OP used.

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