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  • BT3X00 Shim Maintenance Aid

    My 7 year old BT3000 finally refused to raise or lower the blade and I had to do some shim maintenance.

    So, I came back to bt3central to review recent articles on shim maintenance.

    David Green's article on using the BT3100 parts is part of my long term plan http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=33948 (parts are on order).
    Mark Stripes article on shim maintenance was very helpful. http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=27266 I really liked his idea to use 1 1/2" 10-24 screws to help get the guide holder into place.

    While looking for longer 10-24 screws I found a 3" piece of 10-24 all-thread rod and thought that would work.

    Here is a picture of the rods holding the flat shims in place.
    Note: insert shims then screw in the rods.
    http://www.bt3central.com/attachment...1&d=1196694745

    As you can see the rods give you four alignment posts to help ease the guide holder into place.
    http://www.bt3central.com/attachment...1&d=1196694745

    This is the only deviation from Mark's very detailed procedure.

    Thanks to Dave and Mark for their help.
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