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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:46 PM

Any good ideas?


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:52 PM

Level table and this :

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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:54 PM

I bought a cheap balancer many years ago. It works fine. The big thing is to take equal amounts off the opposite ends of the blade. If the blade is cracked or thinner on one end get rid of it and buy a new one. I like these because it shows balance all ways.   balancer.PNG    Good luck.       Roger.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:55 PM

Level table and this :

 

I bought a cheap balancer many years ago. It works fine. The big thing is to take equal amounts off the opposite ends of the blade. If the blade is cracked or thinner on one end get rid of it and buy a new one. I like these because it shows balance all ways.   attachicon.gifbalancer.PNG   Good luck.       Roger.

Do you guys mean the aluminum one, or the plastic one? I have a plastic one and have found it to be unreliable.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:56 PM

 Saw you coming , fast finger-typing-fu,....


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:56 PM

Yes, aluminum, as we found out, plastic suxs.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 08:58 PM

Thanks, I wondered if the aluminum one would be better.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:03 PM

One thing I wonder though, if the hole in the blade does not quite match one of the steps on the balancer, could it throw of the balance? I have had this happen with my plastic one(the edges of the steps start to brake).
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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:07 PM

 

Yes, aluminum, as we found out, plastic suxs.

 Hey Trowel you tossed your plastic one in the trash too? I would pound a nail in the wall before I would buy another plastic one.
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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:12 PM

One thing I wonder though, if the hole in the blade does not quite match one of the steps on the balancer, could it throw of the balance? I have had this happen with my plastic one(the edges of the steps start to brake).

Cheap, i chucked it after a few months of use.

 

 
 Hey Trowel you tossed your plastic one in the trash too? I would pound a nail in the wall before I would buy another plastic one.

Yea, aluminum one i have had for 6 years now. Nail in the wall is a neat trick my uncle tought me.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:22 PM

But what if you have a "star" shaped hole?


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:24 PM

MTD star holes will still sit fine on the steps.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:28 PM

MTD star holes will still sit fine on the steps.

Thanks, but I meant the nail method.


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:36 PM

Ah, no, this was before the MTD universal star hubs.

 

I did at one time make one because my father told me it could not be done, using a long heavy nail (4 '' spike) driven through the bottem of the table (counter drilled small hole first) so it protruded through the top and using my fathers lathe spun down a small chunk of hardwood into a cone, found true center and coutersunk several stepped holes 7/8 of the way into the cone.

Worked ok, shut him up for a while :D


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Posted February 27, 2014 - 09:53 PM

Growing up, we always used the edge of a putty knife, centered under the hole. It was only good for one direction, but accurate down the length.

I have a metal one now. Much better than guessing.
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