Patrick sent in a link to this bandsaw blade quick release from Carter Products. He writes: “$150 seems a bit steep for one of these, and I can’t help but wonder if it’s really necessary to detension the blade between uses.”
I certainly haven’t heard of detensioning to extend life, but what about you Toolmongers? Is this something you’ve seen or heard of doing?
I do know that on a metal-cutting saw it’s best to blow out the rolling blade guides when switching between vertical and horizontal use to prevent metal filings from ending up trapped inside where they can “English-wheel” your blade, causing it to fail faster.