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bandsaw blade quick release
Mar 22nd, 2017 at 12:42am
 
I'm thinking it might be a good idea for my delta 14 in. Does anyone use one or know of them? Carter seems to make one to fit most saws. My saw will sit for months without being used.
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Re: bandsaw blade quick release
Reply #1 - Mar 22nd, 2017 at 8:50am
 
I don't use them or even like the idea of them.
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IMO The repeated application and release of tension does nothing more than fatigue the metal and shorten blade life. I see no benefit.
Your mileage my vary
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Reply #2 - Mar 22nd, 2017 at 10:39am
 
I like the quick release feature on my 14" delta. I only use it for changing blades. I change blades fairly often, the quick release feature works great, makes blade changes quick and easy.
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Reply #3 - Mar 23rd, 2017 at 12:43pm
 
My saw has one and I only use it like Bert does - when changing blades. I never bother to release the tension in between uses of my saw. If my saw didn't come with one, I would certainly not spend money on adding it.
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Reply #4 - Mar 23rd, 2017 at 12:56pm
 
Mine came with one and I use it. Cannot say it helps blade life, but the reason for it is to reduce metal fatigue.

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Re: bandsaw blade quick release
Reply #5 - Mar 23rd, 2017 at 8:50pm
 
Mine has one. Every time I use it (other than changing blades) I forget to reset it and my blade gets very angry when I turn the saw on! I no longer do that! The bandsaw tires don't seem the worse for wear.
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Reply #6 - Mar 24th, 2017 at 12:09am
 
I picked up a carter quick releae today. I just sold off my cowboy action shooting irons and have a little money to spend on my hobbies. While I was at Lee Valley this caught my eye and came home with me. Sorry it's a link,I haven't mastered photo posting yet.

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Reply #7 - Mar 24th, 2017 at 7:40pm
 
I have a little 10" Harbor Freight bandsaw that does not have a quick tension relief. Hence the blade has never been "slacked" in the saws ten year life. Other than a blade change that is. No problems.

I also have a PM1500 that comes standard with a de-tension lever. I almost never leave the tension on the blade when not in use. Do not know why, I guess because the lever is in your face with that shiny smooth chrome handle. Just too inviting to reach up and pull it. Cool
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Re: bandsaw blade quick release
Reply #8 - Mar 24th, 2017 at 7:44pm
 
Chris Neilan wrote on Mar 23rd, 2017 at 8:50pm:
I forget to reset it


It is not too difficult to install a micro switch on the release arm and wire it into the main power switch. Cannot turn the saw on with the quick release lever in the wrong position. My larger bandsaw has one from the factory and it is a simple circuit.
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Re: bandsaw blade quick release
Reply #9 - Mar 28th, 2017 at 9:50pm
 
Chris I've felt your pain.  Now I have a double folded index card held over the switch by a magnet, it says "tension blade"

However I haven't released the tension in weeks. Smiley
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