Tensioning the Band Saw
The usual band saw tensioning devices are not only awkward to use but have no reference point. Relieving tension when the saw is idle (as recommended) is a chore, so one tends to forget about it. My solution is to make a wooden handle, as shown, to fit over the existing knob. I can now relieve the tension by cranking the handle a set number of turns and then return to the original tension by cranking the same number of turns in reverse.
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