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Most experts and manufacturers recommend releasing the blade tension when a bandsaw is out of use for more than a day. Blade changes also require releasing and re-tensioning the blade. The new Accuright Ratchet-Rod speeds up those adjustments considerably and makes them a lot easier on your hand and wrist. The kit fits most traditional-style 14-in. bandsaws with a cast-iron frame, replacing the factory tension screw, nut, and handle with an ACME-threaded rod and nut for easier rotation. Topping the assembly is a removable ratcheting knob. To change ratchet direction, you just flip a lever on the bottom of the knob.
Replacing the factory equipment takes less than five minutes. Major adjustments go very quickly, and the contoured knob fits the hand comfortably. The Ratchet-Rod has become a welcome addition to my bandsaw. It sells for $50 and is available from Carter Products (www.carterproducts.com).
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