Last Saturday I finished the major points of the DC install. So I set my new MM-16 in place, leveled it and then took my wife out for supper to celebrate her birthday.
Sunday Sharon was fixing brunch when the phone rang and I spent the day working on some equipment at a local hospital.
Tuesday evening, I took a dremel tool, a cutoff blade for the dremel tool, a square and a extra-fine tip Sharpie....marked the back side of the blade guard and cut away about 3/8" of the rear portion of the blade guard so I can even run a 1/4" blade and get the thrust bearing up to the 1/4" blade.
Yesterday, I had some questions so I contacted Mini-Max and talked with Sam Blasco. This morning I had one other question, so I called Jim Becker.
This morning I tightened the belt tension on the drive belt and got rid of the squeel I was experiencing on startup. The belt tensioning on this b/s is a thing of beauty!
Using Mark Duginske's book and Sam's advice and Jim Becker's advice I got it going. I postioned the 1/2" stock blade that came with the saw, got it tracked and tensioned; set the upper and lower blade guides and fired it up. I turned it on and off a half of a dozen times running it for 10 seconds to 2 minutes. Each time while it was shut off I'd open the upper cover and verify that the blade was still tracking properly. Then boys and girls I made my first cuts with a bandsaw. What a thing of beauty!
I'm convinced I made a good decision buying Mini-Max!
Thanks Jim, Sam and Mark!