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Forum topic by Padraic482 posted 10-03-2016 01:30 PM 314 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-03-2016 01:30 PM

As a newcomer, it would be rude of me to critique the rules, so let’s just say I find the requirement that you have to have made 5 posts before you can send a message to anybody somewhat bewildering.

Here’s the question: What’s an easy way to tension the belt on a Grizzly 0656 jointer?

There’s a guy here who already knows the answer. I know that because he said it in one of his posts. But I can’t send him a direct message until I’ve made five posts of my own. Why? Beats me.

In any case, this is Post #1.

Glassyeyes, if you’re reading this, I mean you.

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#1 posted 10-03-2016 02:12 PM

Welcome to LJs. Might be a good idea to just ask your question in a forum with the information on the subject line. That way you will get the best opportunity for help.

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#2 posted 10-03-2016 02:12 PM

If you’ve ever been on a forum without such a system, you find that you get a lot of bots PMing you about how to make money at home, brides for sale in different countries, or how someone stole tour identity and they can help you if you just send them your name, address and ssn.

Trust me, as annoying as it might be when you are new and want a quick answer, this system is better.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#3 posted 10-03-2016 02:58 PM

I hope you find your answer even though you felt you needed to critique the rules.

I find it much better to just ask the question rather than start with a negative. I hope you find the forum helpful.

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#4 posted 10-03-2016 03:43 PM

Don’t take this the wrong way but could that information be in your owners manual? If you don’t have one, you can download one here,

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#5 posted 10-03-2016 03:48 PM

Actually, I was sort of hoping to draw the attention of the one person on the forum who had already stated in another post that he’d found an easy way to tension the belt.

Redoak, thank you for the advice. I hope you didn’t feel too severely criticized and I wish you a speedy recovery.

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#6 posted 10-03-2016 04:10 PM


You would think it would be, wouldn’t you? All they tell you to do is push down on the motor unit, which is kind of absurd because of its location. They also tell you the belt should be tight enough that pushing it with a finger at ‘moderate’ force will produce 1/4” deflection.

Right now, I’ve got a clamp reconfigured as a spreader pushing down on one side of the motor and a scissor jack holding up the other end. The belt still easily gives about 3/4”.

I don’t know how critical any of the above is. It’s the first jointer I’ve ever owned.

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#7 posted 10-03-2016 04:13 PM


Thanks for the explanation. I guess I can just chalk it up to my own inexperience. I’ve only been on one other site of this sort and never encountered the problem, which isn’t saying much because I wasn’t very active.

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#8 posted 10-03-2016 11:02 PM


I found glassyeyes’ review of the Grizzly 0656X jointer from 2011 but failed to see a narrative describing his method for tensioning the belt. He did post three photos evidently showing how he tensioned the belt. A LJ did comment on his cleaver belt tensioning solution, so perhaps this is the post you saw. Hope this helps.

I looked at his profile page and his last post was a reply where it sounded as if he was selling off his equipment. Therefore he may no longer be active on the LJ site.

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