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Tool Maintenance

Tool Status Trello:

Dust Extractor (sanding room)
Remove filter and vacuum out every month or two to maintain functionality of dust extraction. 
Should be mounted on the ceiling for optimal extraction

Dust extractor (table saw & jointer)
Agitate daily but turning handle ten times in each direction. 
Shake until minimal amounts of saw dust fall from the upper portion into the bag. 
Replace bag when it gets 3/4 full
Make sure bag is on straight with 3" overhanging 
Make sure all knobs are tight

Festool Vacuum
Check to make sure vacuum bag is not full.
Change bag periodically or when it fills up.
Extra bags stored on hand tool shelf.

Planex (Drywall) Sander
Drywall specific, large sander
More pads under the hand tool shelf beside the box where it is stored.

Table Saw
        1. Turn Machine off with switch, and lockout by unplugging from wall. 
        2. Ensure splitter is in at all times
        3. Clean table saw using vacuum and air compressor to remove all buildup from in and around the blade
        4. Vacuum chamber under the saw

        Saw Stop:
        1. Find out who set the SawStop off and why
        2. Charge that person $250 for replacement blade and stop, or start 5 month payment plan)
        3. Undo bolt on the right of blade
        4. Lift the entire blade up from the axis (it is in a retracted position when the saw stop goes off but can be lifted up a few inches)
        5. Undo red lever on the right of the Saw Stop
        6. Pry off blade and saw stop- pressing evenly back and front, and putting pressure only on the blade and the saw stop against the rim of the table, not the other parts inside the                 
        machine. It will be a bit stiff but gradually it will all pop out.
        7. Remove red lever for re-use in next saw stop.     
        8. Replace table saw with new blade and new saw stop


        1. Turn off and unplug machine 
        2. Vacuum out all small dust within the bandsaw and around. Use air compressor for deep cleaning and to remove fine buildup. 
        3. Turn big knob (on underside of upper arm/face of the machine) left to loosen the tension of the blade. 
        4. Replace blade with new blade. Aim to have the gullet of the blade centred on the wheel
        5. Loosen all knobs and guides (above and below the table)
        6. Adjust tracking by hand, turning the wheel until it consistently remains with the gullet centred on the wheel. 
        7. Tighten bottom wheel to prescribed tightness based the table that is one the saw (i.e. 20 for 3/4")
        8. Turn wheel by hand 20x. You should not hear anything, and it should have a smooth fluid movement with some momentum.
        9. Set guides so the ceramic side plates are close to the blade but not touching (under 1mm from blade) and behind 

Belt Sander

        1. Push lever on the top to the left to loosen the belt and remove the old sanding belt
        2. Lower bed fully to expose the sanding belt all the way to the bottom
        3. Place new sanding belt on, roughly in the middle of the belt (even on top and bottom)
        4. Move lever to the right to tighten the belt.
        5. Move belt by hand to test tracking and ensure, before turning the machine on, that the belt is in one stable position (or it could fly up or down and cut into the machine or at you) 
                -Fiddle with screws to change the angle of the belt roller and therefore change where the belt sits while tracking by hand
        6. Turn machine on to test that tracking is stable
        7. Set bed height



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