It seems I’m not the only woodworker to find tensioning and releasing band saw blades a chore. Here is a simple solution I use on my JET band saw. All you need do is buy a short length of 3/8 – 16NC threaded rod and a nut. Drill and pin the nut to the rod (or immobilize it with epoxy) and use a regular 9/16″ socket driver to change the tensioning.
– C.J. Wiesenfarth
Eagle Point, Oregon