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    Advice For Using A Mint Tractor

    I ordered a mint yesterday any tips for using it???

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    Follow the instructions - They are simple and well written

    If you find you are not quite getting the stylus in the absolutely correct position, take a break, have a cup of tea and the go back with a clear head.

    After you have done it a few times it gets easier
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcmusic View Post
    I ordered a mint yesterday any tips for using it???
    Patience, patience and more patience. Its painful, boring, laborious but once you hear your cart "properly" aligned it will be more than worth it. Once you get used to the Mint all you need to do is ensure that the cantilever is parallel to the fine black lines at the 2 null points after checking that the stylus is accurately tracing the arc etc
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    Whoops, wrong thread, I was prepared to discuss previous experience with John Deere, MF, Ford, etc. tractors... Using them to align your phono cartridge would probably provide very low output noise but low signal as well so I do not recommend them.

    I agree it is a bit of a shock to hear what a difference a good alignment can make (either type tractor).
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    My advise is not to use unleaded gas.

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    According to the other thread I started, it really doesn't matter anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Breuninger View Post
    My advise is not to use unleaded gas.

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    "Junior", really? Hmph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Breuninger View Post
    My advise is not to use unleaded gas.

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    how long did it take you to dig up this pic? Maybe you could have just not replied!!!

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    Here is a photo showing the relative curves traced by my 9" SME V and 12" SME V-12 arms on the Mint protractors. Note how much flatter the 12" curve is and the overhang distance from the spindle hole.

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