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Thread: Finally using my MM-16 Sam........

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    Finally using my MM-16 Sam........

    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!
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 03-08-2008 at 10:15 PM.
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    Ah...a pic would be nice, Ken...




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    No pics, didn't happen...

    Congrats on getting it up & running!
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
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    Whew! Since it didn't happen....I don't have to worry about pics!
    Ken
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    Whew! Since it didn't happen....I don't have to worry about pics!
    Good one!!
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
    --Winston Churchill, in response




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    Whew! Since it didn't happen....I don't have to worry about pics!
    Besides, by now I think we all know what an MM-16 looks like...

    Congrats, Ken! You're gonna like that saw! I have the Laguna 16 - comparable - and it's a whole order of magnitude step up from my old 14". I really liked the 14, and I still have it, but the 16" just seems so much more solid. The 3 hp doesn't hurt, either.
    Jim D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    Whew! Since it didn't happen....I don't have to worry about pics!
    Dont have to worry about cleaning up sawdust either.
    When you stop dreaming and DO get one, you're going to love it.
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    Okay Greg....Here it is.


    Sam...it was amazing....after adjusting the fence for drift....and there really wasn't much drift....I sliced 1/8" slices of the this 2x6 like it was butter. Next I'll try doing some resawing with some height.

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    Thanks again for you help and encouragement Sam!
    Ken
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    That is so great Ken, I'm sure glad to see things progressing at your shop!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Nice, Ken! A shot of the owner, making sawdust on a new toy...from the motor side. No labels to show what kind it really is....



    Be careful....you'll cut your finger off!



    Thanks!

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