Well, it’s finally assembled. It didn’t take quite as long as six hours like some forums were claiming. Aligning the blade to the mitre slot was not difficult at all, especially with the use of callipers. Setting the blade perpendicular to the table was a cinch as well with my digital angle gauge from Mastercraft. The Accufence took a couple of days to get here, but it to was simple enough to put on and tune.
I didn’t have too much to complain about during the assembly process. As long as you were careful to follow instructions it wasn’t difficult. My only two quibbles about the entire thing were the fastener descriptions and the assembly of the Herc-U-Lift. The fasteners came in two separate blister packs and were labelled fairly well, however the manual itself wasn’t as accurate and descriptive when calling for them. It would have been far simpler to additionally provide a unique label for each fastener and call for those in the manual; perhaps a part number.
The Herc-U-Lift section of the manual was a little more convoluted. Having marked many papers in my time, it was very clear to me that this section of the manual was not written or edited by the people that published it. The call for fasteners was even more challenging than in previous pages and it was even less descript of bars and rails that all looked the same in the diagram. I have no problem discerning a triangle from a square, but when you have 6 square tubes similar in length with different hole configurations as their only birthmark you, can see where someone may have trouble with this.
The Accufence arrived in three boxes; one for the mitre slot and the other two for the fence. These instructions were clearer and did well to accurately describe each part, however the diagrams left a little to be desired (not something I was overly concerned with). Although you could drill the holes for the fence rails with a regular drill, I suggest using a drill press with a fence after figuring out the bolt hole positions. The instructions call for you to drill the same holes on the rear guide fence, but the Ridgid TS3650’s holes on the back side don’t line up with the ones on the front, so a second setup was needed for that. Once on and tuned, the fence is dead accurate and seems extremely beefy yet remarkably light.
For what it’s worth, from start to finish, assembly was no more difficult, and far less confusing than setting up my son’s baby swing – if you want difficult-to-assemble, put together children’s toys and accessories.
For now I’ll have to refrain from making any comments on my system’s production performance, but I’ll keep you updated as I continue to work with the saw to completely redo my shop work bench.
I’ll also try to post some pics next time.
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