Outfitting the workshop #7: Uncrating a tablesaw on the installment plan!

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 05-06-2011 05:54 AM 1846 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well its been about 4 weeks since I asked you folks questions about buying a tablesaw, thanks TomfromWinnipeg for the advice on Felder! So I bought myself a General 50-200 2hp saw and arranged for my brother in law to drop it off with his truck. Of course Dave (my BIL) can’t just drop everything and bring it by (one of the downsides of living about 3 hours away from family) so it took him about a week to get the time to come out (I really appreciate Dave taking the time to load, deliver, and unload my saw!). By that time the flood here was a clear and present danger so my work hours went through the roof and I only managed 10 or 20 minutes here and there (often after some 18 hour days) is a real bad idea to start wielding heavy blunt instruments when you dead on your feet… But today I had a good two hours to uncrate and install the saw onto the Shopfox mobile stand. It looks fantastic sitting out of it’s crate!! Now I am pumped and want to set it up properly but I guess I have to get some sleep to get back at it tomorrow. I’ll have to take some pictures once I’m a little further along setting it up.

One interesting thing to note about the mobile stand, for some odd reason 5 of the 16 bolts had 13mm heads while the rest had 12 mm heads? I am not sure what the purpose of that was, maybe just an error in packaging. ANother error in the manual was the length of bolts listed in the parts manual. They actually only listed only on size of screws (in two places like they should have been different sizes but actually shipped bolts of different lengths. I sort of ignored the instructions after puzzling over which screws should go where and just went with what looked logical. It seems to work well and is dead stable as I’ve been playing around with it a bit. The real test will of course be when I run some wood over the saw. The magnetic leveling screws are a neat use of magnets.

Thanks again Tom for the tip!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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