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Forum topic by Clarence posted 02-07-2011 07:57 AM 918 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2011 07:57 AM

I share the frustration of Jeff, the previous poster who is flummoxed by the difficulty of getting his jointer adjusted correctly. In my case, the job of making micro-adjustments is a challenge for a guy with old, weak eyes.

My specific question: others have talked about “rolling the blades” to top dead center. I know what that means, but I find it difficult to turn the cutter due to the tension of the belt. I would tug on the belt, but I can’t reach it underneath and see the blades too. I try just poking the cutter with a small wood strip, but the cutter “lurches” and doesn’t turn smoothly as I’m trying to make the blade kiss the bottom of the straight edge. I’m sure I’m missing some simple trick here.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 08:26 AM

not sure what jointer you have, and if this is universal to all or just to specific sizes and models. I have a standard 6” and when I bought it I went through everything before I used it. One thing I thought was wrong for sure was the belt tension. It just seemed way too loose. Upon reading the manual, I was wrong. It was suggested to have about 1” of flex in the belt, which I felt was way too much (kinda still do). So I left her alone and have never had any problems. The reason I say this is because you say ”I find it difficult to turn the cutter due to the tension of the belt”. Maybe the tension is too high. Just my guess but might be worth looking into…

-- Childress Woodworks

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 08:44 AM

Take the belt off while you set the jointer knives. If you have the proper amount of slack in your belt you should be able to roll it off the side while you rotate the pulley. At least I can on mine. Then your head will move freely.

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 12:54 PM

On my last jointer I had to put a small wooden wedge between the cutterhead and table to create some friction that would hold the knives at top dead center. The other option is as mentioned earlier of loosening or removing the drive belt. It sounds though in your case that can be more difficult than on some jointers. I’d think about cutting a wedge first. Maybe that will do what you need. It’s free anyway!

-- Tom Hintz,

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