See the Upgrade to my Bandsaw

Upgrades to my Jet JBS-14mw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxXe4Wi87NM

Before, you had to unscrew 4 knobs and take both top and bottom covers off, just to get inside to change the blade. I connected the 2 covers together and put them on hinges, installed a wheel brush, and a tension quick-release.
I still have to adjust all the guides and would like to install one of them fancy yellow springs and some new tires.
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Pretty cool, Mike. That hacked in tension release, though... You'll want that really rigid, of course. Interesting setup. I love the simplicity and unconventional thinking. (Also, I didn't see the pin that goes in the split table. You didn't misplace that, did you? That's what stabilizes and aligns the floppy ends.)
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MikeWhy wrote:

Yeah, I just threw that together to see if the concept would work for that saw. It does and I'll do something more "right."

Hmmm, got me thinking now. I don't see one. I juts looked and I see a hole, may tapered. So there should be a steel pin that goes in there? Does it just wedge in or what?
That table is cast iron, it's pretty stiff, but like I said, I see a hole. Strange enough, it still had most of the protective goo from the factory.
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The pin holds the 2 leafs in alignment. It has a tapered shank and a hex head to break its grip so you can remove it. It's not a big crisis. Just get one on order and put it in when you get it. Try here first: http://www.wmhtoolgroup.com/Parts.aspx
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MikeWhy wrote:

Thank you, sir. I can just barely make out the part number on the grainy, virtually unreadable manual wmh emailed me.
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MikeWhy wrote:

I'll definitely get one of those.
I ran a straight edge across the table and it caught at the gap. Then I stuck a steel center-punch in that hole (fit perfectly) and the straight edge slid across without a hitch.
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Looks like you have been looking at the Laguna saws. ;~)
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Leon wrote:

Seriously, no. But tell me why. I just googled and it appears they make Festool look like Fisher Price. :-)
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Laguna has the double door set up, both open at the same time. One 1/4 turn on a top and bottom side knob unlocks the top and bottom door. The left side blade guard, like yours, also attaches the top to the bottom door, like yours. I find that only using the top door latch is completely adequate for keeping both doors closed. Both doors opening at the same time is a cool safety feature, you don't close the bottom door, stand up, and conk your head on the bottom of the upper door. I was not sure I would like that feature until I realized that there is no need to lock both doors and have not yet knocked myself silly. If you dreamed this up yourself, you are thinking like the Laguna people. ;~) Now get a set of ceramic guides! If you really want to spend some money on ceramic guides take a look at the aftermarket Laguna 10 point ceramic guides, I love them.
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Leon wrote:

I just assumed they were all like that... connected together, that is. Even my junky 9" protech had connected doors. I thought about fabricating a turning latch using the same knobs, but those magnet catches were pretty cheap. They're a bit ghetto, but they work great.

Not sure I want to spend as much on guides as I did for the saw. :-) Think I'll go with graphite and spend some money on a new spring and blades.
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-MIKE- wrote:

The doors on my MiniMax are not connected together, and I've never thought much about it... I have yet to conk my head on the upper door, but I suppose there's a first time for everything. :-)
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LOL, Strangly enough I looked at MiniMax at their home office in Austin TX about 3 years ago. The sales man was showing me the incomplete demo model and I knocked my head on the upper door. I suspect that I would never do that again.
I bought the Lagune, not because I hit my head on the door of the MiniMax. The guides were the ultimate deciding factor.
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