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    Steve Clardy Guest

    Calling owners of MiniMax 16's

    I installed a 1/4" blade on the impressive bandsaw yesterday.
    I needed 1/4", so I could cut out some knee knockers for a kitchen island.

    The upper/rear roller is adjusted as far forward as it will go, lacking 3/8" of making contact with the rear of the blade.

    Lower guide is fine.

    Seems the front blade guard is in the way.

    I'm thinking of taking a cutoff saw and notching the blade guard.

    Or am I missing something here

    I needed to get these done, so I went ahead and eased into them [ 1 1/2" Oak blanks] and didn't have any problems.
    Last edited by Steve Clardy; 08-06-2008 at 06:11 PM.

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    Steve, there’s something screwy with your setup. As you can see, the guard should be well above the guides. Are you sure that it is assembled correctly?
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    Bruce. It looks like its assembled right.

    It came assembled. No manual to reference to.

    Mine has 4 sections to the guard. 4 sections that collaspe into each other as the cutting heighth is raised up.
    Its all the way down now.
    The lower section is bolted to the shaft that raises/lowers the cut heighth.


    Yours is different. Plastic lower section?


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    I think mine’s an earlier generation. You can see in this blurry pic how the tab from the 4-section guard attaches to the guide post, well above the guides. The plastic part is completely independent of the telescoping part. I don’t know what else to tell you but I think you should hold off on modifying it. Something’s not right on your machine.
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    I just took a quick look at the MM web site. Their pics also show the guard above the guides.
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    friend...if you have one."
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    Steve Clardy Guest
    Ok. Yours bolts on the same as mine.
    But I have a fifth section, which is steel, that is interfering with the roller.
    Apparently your lower section, plastic, is cut out for the roller?


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    Steve, I just went out to check mine and it is the same as yours. We have the same vintage as we received them just a few days/couple weeks apart IIRC.

    I haven't tried to put on a smaller blade yet but I had noticed that there would be a clearance issue when I did.

    Maybe Sam can chime in to tell us a fix. Can you call them and talk to him?

    It doesn't look like it would hurt anything to notch the guard, to me anyway.
    Thanks, Mark.

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    I would get MM involved before making any mods....something is either wrong, or something needs to be done differently. Better to start from the way it was received...rather than where you are after modifying it.

    My thoughts.

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    track the blade in the center of the wheel instead of forward......
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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    track the blade in the center of the wheel instead of forward......
    What about the set of the teeth on the blade?
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