Delta 28-203 adapted to vintage factory Delta quick release tensioner

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03-02-2021 08:56 AM

I have a Delta bandsaw, model 28-203, vintage of 1989, and came across a vintage quick release factory blade tensioning device. I’ve looked at quite a few places about how these are installed, and it looks like I’m not going to be able to make this work. I might need to drill at least 3 holes in the frame, the most important one, exactly centered, in line with the axle of the top wheel, another two holes that would need to be tapped for mounting screws. The vintage lever is present on certain models of the Delta bandsaws, the 28-248 and the 28-475X. I accessed the manual for the two saws just mentioned, they show the quick release tension handle assembly already installed, and it looks like there might be two or three parts missing. Apparently the device has a block on top of the frame that extends close to the bottom of the tension spring housing, with a rod being used to respond to the positions of the quick release lever that work in conjunction with the tension spring. I’m hoping someone with far greater knowledge than myself could point me towards a solution, my hunch is that I spent a few dollars for nice industrial looking paperweight, and if still wanting to quick release the blade tension, I will either have to fabricate my own or spring for the Carter quick release handle setup. I’m going to try and attach an image or two so you all can look at this, thanks for any replies, any direction at all.

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