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MiniMax Bandsaw

by ToolCaddy
posted 01-02-2018 12:06 AM


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TungOil

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#1 posted 01-02-2018 12:31 AM

I have the same saw. I was told if it won’t start to be sure all of the doors are tightly shut and to blow out all the safety switches with compressed air. There is one on each door and also the brake lever. You might try that first.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 01-02-2018 11:51 AM

Tung oil has the right first steps, one of the switches is probably open.

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ToolCaddy

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#3 posted 01-02-2018 12:42 PM

Thank you for your help. I blew all dust out of the saw and examined the switches that control both doors. I am not able to see the switch that controls the brake but the area is free of dust. I can hear the switches close as I shut the doors slowly. The brake moves easily and seems to return to its “full off” position. I would like to look at the “on-off” switch as it does not feel like it is making contact. I am reluctant to do anything that may void the warranty and I do not have the right tools to remove the switch cover. The manufacturer uses specialty screws that are obviously designed to stop a hobbyist from removing the cover. Is it possible that the motor has a reset button or a fuse?

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 01-02-2018 01:27 PM

I won’t be able to get to mine and look today, It’s the older model and may not be quite identical. I did look in the manual and found this really, really useful advice: Problem: “motor won’t start”, suggestion: have electrical system checked by qualified personnel”. I’m guessing a phone call to them won’t net much better advice, but it’s worth a try. If it’s new there should be some warranty coverage you can use….and your concern about voiding that is valid. I doubt there is a fuse in it anywhere, but there may be a reset button on the motor (that’s the part I can’t check).

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TungOil

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#5 posted 01-03-2018 12:32 AM

Reach out to Sam Blasco if you are still having trouble. PM me if you need his contact info. He’s very helpful.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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ToolCaddy

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#6 posted 01-03-2018 03:10 AM

Thank you. I contacted him today. He sent an email with some ideas. The tech for SCM thinks the problem is in the safety switch that operates with the foot brake. Sam also believes this is the problem. I have done several voltage tests. I hope to speak to the tech again tomorrow. The technical support services are good but the process is slow because I do not have cell coverage in my shop and I can not talk to the tech while I am at my machine. I also needed some time to borrow a digital voltage meter.

On the bright side——I am learning a lot more about my saw.

More soon.

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 01-03-2018 04:19 PM

Main thing is to make sure the brake switch “clicks” when the brake is released.I remember I had the same problem with my new MM16 about 10 years ago. The brake switch was the problem and an easy fix.

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ToolCaddy

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#8 posted 01-03-2018 04:25 PM

Yes. We went through the brake switch issue in detail. It does close properly. As it turns out, it is the main on/off switch. They are sending a new one under warranty.

Thank you for your help.

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