I felt like a kid today! We went around to the properties we maintain and played “Pick Up Sticks”! What a good time that was. Oh, did you know that sticks are actually made of WOOD? Here in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, there is no snow on the ground. Which means I ain’t plowing! Very short work weeks, maybe 10-15 hours a week! Yee Haa! So we took this opportunity to get some brownie points with our customers, that and the Boss Man wanted me to do some actual work, as I AM on salary. Can you believe that? He wanted me to perform actual manual labor in exchange for money. Un freakin’ believable!
I also got to play Hercules today. I had to get my new (to me) table saw out of the garage, across the driveway, over the lawn, then down & through a bulkhead door and into the basement shop. I was not alone in my endeavor. I had the help of a friend, shouldn’t be a big deal. Now then, I’m not a big guy, 5’ 8”, 150 lbs. (but I can pull my own wieght) my eager assistant however is smaller than I. I sure hope he can handle this! Sounds like fun!
Well, First things first, remove the rip fence, turn the saw over, undo 4 sets of nuts & bolts, remove the base. NO PROBLEM! We lifted, the now legless, upside down table saw (remember folks, whenever you are lifting a potential hernia, lift with your legs, you want to avoid the hernia). NO PROBLEM! Time to leave the garage and venture across the driveway. Have you ever noticed how SLIPPERY a driveway, covered with a layer of ice is when it’s 37d F outside with a mist in the air? No slips, spills or drops, we made it safely across the drive. NO PROBLEM! The lawn proved to be a cake walk, (pun intended). NO PROBLEM!
Here is where the real fun begins and if successful, the end of the story. It is time to bring this massive (to me) hunk of cast iron & metal, wood slicing machine down the bulkhead stairs. Having never set the saw down, we needed to flip the saw on it’s side, so it would fit through the bottom door. We adjusted our grip and got the saw repositioned. That was easy. NO PRBLEM! My partner, in this undertaking, took the first step (backwards) down the stairs. This left me at the top & short end of the ordeal. This necessitates me having to be bent over to carry the weight. Remember, when I said to lift with your legs? Well that also means DON’T lift with your back! Deep in the back of my mind, I invisioned bad things happening. I mean you hear about accidents all the time. However, we are at the point of no return. We must get this down the stairs, as up would be fighting gravity. Step by step, we inched our way down the stairs. When/If we get to the bottom of the stairs, we will actually be in the basement. Amazingly, no slips, trips or falls. We safely lay the saw down. No Problem! What, you were expecting one of us to slip, trip or fall and break something! That’s just wrong! Shame on you!
Here is the saw upright & in one piece!
My Dysfunctional saw:
The upside down main body,
with it’s severed legs!
Having had dinner, I’m now resting comfortably watching TV, throwing back a few “Cold Ones” and blogging of my day. I’ll be right back, gotta get another beer. PROBLEM! It seems my back has tightend up and refuses to let me move! Can someone please get me several beers & a Motrin? Please!!!
Once I finish building my air cleaner, the next task at hand is to thoroughly inspect, clean, and “dial In” the saw. The belt will be replaced with a link belt, to improve performance. I will also need to order the blade gaurd, which is still available from Sears Parts Direct. However, it’s mounting bracket is missing & that item is “No Longer Available”! I’ll have to either hunt one down or fabricate my own. Eventually, I want to build a work station to replace the original base. I’ll include a flip up/down outfeed table, DC and either a router table or downdraft sanding table. Well, that’s the plan at least!
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow!