|Forum topic by Padraic482||posted 10-03-2016 04:58 PM||157 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-03-2016 04:58 PM
Just got my very first, brand new jointer, which requires some assembly. I’m finding the belt-tensioning part to be particularly challenging.
Grizzly recommends a tension that will result in 1/4” deflection when the belt is poked with a finger at ‘moderate’ force. To achieve that, they advise you to simply push down on the motor, the weight of the motor alone apparently being insufficient to produce that result.
The motor’s in an awkward position for pushing to begin with, and it’s going to require more force than I can apply with one hand to get the belt that tight, the other hand being required to tighten the bolts to hold it in place once the tension is achieved.
Right now I’ve got a spreader clamp pushing down on the side of the motor that the pulley is attached to and a scissor jack holding the other side up in order to keep the motor from skewing.
If anybody’s got a better method, I’d love to hear about it.