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Forum topic by NineWood posted 10-13-2018 02:13 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NineWood

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10-13-2018 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: fs 35 fsb 35 minimax mini max

Hi Everyone. I just bought a Mini Max FSB 35 (which looks to be almost identical to the FS 35) jointer/planer combo machine. It’s a little different than any other jointer that I’ve set up, so I am having trouble during the adjustments to get the tables co-planer, and I am hoping someone smarter than me can help.. The outfield tables are set as far as I am concerned, so the in feed tables need to be adjusted.

The in-feed table sags at the back, so it needs to be shimmed to compensate for that. I have shimmed the hinged side and gotten that side all set up. However when I shim the back of the non-hinged side, the front foot pops off of its resting plate. I have included some pictures.

I am shimming in between the table and the bracket that mounts the table to the hinge. This problem also appears if I shim at in between the feet, or if I shim underneath the metal piece that the feet rest on. I’ve also checked and the tables are not warped.

To be clear the gap is not present when there is not a shim in place. It’s big enough that I can fit a .004” shim through it. The result of the foot lifting up is that the front to of the table lifts up, essentially negating what the shim is supposed to do. I can pull the front of the table down with the threaded hole and the bolt (see below),

but that’s not really a good solution because then I will have to re-setup the jointer tables every time I want to switch between jointer and planer modes. Any suggestions?


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#1 posted 10-13-2018 02:37 PM

I’ve not worked on a Mini max planer jointer. So I cannot help but I can advise that your Aluminum straight edge not considered precision. When I’ve set up a machine with a precision straight edge from suburban tools and check it with a lee valley I get a very different reading.
Maybe I have a bad one?
Gook luck hope you get it working good. :

-- Aj

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#2 posted 10-13-2018 02:45 PM

AJ, Thanks for the advice. I am using a Lee Valley Straight edge, so I don’t think this a precision issue.

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#3 posted 03-10-2019 11:25 PM

Hi all
I have to thank you for the pictures, I have this machine also have not had a chance to go to deep in it but it seems the drive wheel kinda slips so I thought it was missing something but looks the same as yours the rubber drive tire just rides on the steel shaft so I guess some adjustments may work it seems the wood gets stuck easy
Bob

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#4 posted 03-12-2019 02:24 PM

Hi Bob. I am a little embarrassed to say that I have not gotten my machine fully tuned up, so I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet; I am still dealing with the alignment issues above. However, a few things might help you. I have heard that if the wheel stays engaged for too long that it can develop a flat spot in the rubber. I’d check that first, because that might be the culprit. I had some problems with wood getting stuck on my machine. There is a shaft that has a tension spring that the wheel carriage rides in. I would check make sure the feeder wheels move freely up and down it. Mine were stuck so I had to use some lubricant to reduce friction so that they could travel freely. Also, check the spring tension. They might be applying too much or too little. Those are the issues I’ve run into with the planer so far.

Something I wish I had known. If you don’t have the factory knife setting jig (I don’t), set the knifes to cutter head, and not the out feed table, and then align the outfeed table to the cutter head. I made the mistake of using one of those magnetic jigs (which aren’t really long enough for our machine anyway), but my outfeed table was few thousands off of the cutter head. It was fine for edge jointing, but that error propagated through to the planer when I was planing, and my work was coming out slanted.

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#5 posted 03-12-2019 08:37 PM

Thanks for the help I will get a look at the things you mentioned hope some lube will work

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#6 posted 03-12-2019 11:55 PM

Have you called Sam? He is usually pretty responsive to these questions or will point you to the right tech person to talk to.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-13-2019 12:22 AM

Hi Tung. No, I haven’t contacted Sam. What’s his handle so I can direct message him?

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#8 posted 03-13-2019 01:03 AM

PM sent

-- 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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