Quick question about the Carter QR1000 Bandsaw Tension Release

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Forum topic by jobewan posted 09-24-2015 11:33 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2015 11:33 PM

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Hey Everyone – new here. Psyched to be in the group!

I have ordered a Carter QR1000 – the ubiquitous bandsaw tension release handle for my Jet 14” bandsaw.. In the video they have on their web site and on Youtube, the operator demonstrates the benefits of the handle by removing a 3/16” blade and installing a 1/2” resaw blade. He then simply returns the handle to its full on position, puts the table insert back in, adjusts the guide height, and cuts what appears to be 8/4 stock pretty fluidly. Impressive, but I have a suspicion that he skipped the re-tension after replacing the blade. It kind of implies that the handle provides the correct amount of tension regardless of blade size, and my too good to be true sense is telling me that simply cannot be. I think he just hid a sloppy blade by lowering the blade guides. I imagine I will still be turning that knob with every blade change.

BTW – have any of you made a crank handle for the bandsaw tensioner? I have seen others and was wondering what you used for stock? Hard maple or oak would be my choices – just because they will stand up to the wear on the shaft much better than a softer wood.

Thanks folks. I am very excited to be here and look forward to many years of kibitzing!


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#1 posted 09-25-2015 12:17 AM

You are correct that different width blades require different amounts of tension. I made a crank tensioner for my old 14” Ridgid BS but I just used a plywood circle with a piece of dowel for the crank.

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