About a month ago I got a call from minimax asking if I was interested in
purchasing the new highly sought (he told me so!) after ceramic guides to
replace the bearing guides that came with the machine.
I said sure. What the heck. While I was satisfied the overall performance
of the machine, the one thing that irritated me was when re-sawing, the
blade would get kind a toasty and, well, you know what happens. I was using
Pam to spray on the blade which did work wonders in keeping the blade cooler
but Pam is kinda messy and I would spend considerable time cleaning Pam off
my machine as it tends to attract saw dust.
Anywho, while having my Pam conversation with the mm salesman (he'd never
heard of someone using Pam before) he told me these ceramic guides might be
the solution in replacing Pam. Well, this certainly would get my wife off
my back as ever time she wants to make cookies, she has to go out in the
shop to retrieve the Pam. That's another story I guess.
To make a long story short, I hooked up the new ceramic guides and WOW!
Salesman was right. Night and day difference and no Pam. I resawed the
tallest and hardest wood I could find in my shop (maple). Like a hot knife
through butter. If salesman calls you or even if he doesn't, get your hands
on these ceramic guides. You definately won't be dissapointed.
Cost of guides? Kinda spendy. $95 for 4 of them shipped to my front door.
Was it worth it? No question at all. A resounding yes.
Most expensive way to grease a pan available. If you want to oil the blade,
turn the saw off, take some olive oil (PAM?) on a paper towel and rotate in
reverse to grease up.
Do the same with WD40 after cutting damp, acid woods to hold the corrosion
on the blade.
Great for turners who tend to load the one side of the blade, and also to
cut wet wood.
I did, however, post a warning here for those using the ceramics as thrust
bearings. The "cold sparks" produced will light up dust just like flint and
I'm still using the thrust bearing. The ceramics are only on the sides. I
must have missed your post on the sparks. Thanks for the heads up! It's
always a good thing to keep the shop from blazing heatedly.
Of course I always have Pam to cool things down <grin>
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