Rebuilding the Bear #2: Christmas Delay

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Blog entry by Jon McGrath posted 12-26-2010 11:33 PM 1067 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Quick update = Christmas and all that comes with it put a damper on shop activity this past week. With that comes all the storage bins, etc. laying around, under, etc the saw and shop – so will get some good present photos during the next week. I did however find a picture of what this saw looked like brand new in 1986 only to find it is not the same, motor on mine mounts low but to the rear of stationary stand, while photos I find always show motor mounted directly underneath the saw, with the stand having a cut out for the belt to travel. Going to call Grizzly tech again and see what I can find out.

But this made me realize that 1986 was the same year I graduated High School, so even more to push this project – I may not be as pretty as a new graduate today either – but hopefully like this Saw, we earned our rust and grays and still can go pretty darn good! LOL.

SO until next time. Hope you enjoyed/enjoying your Christmas and looking forward to a New Year of opportunities.


-- Jon

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 05:52 PM

keep us posted when you get back to it. I’ve fallen behind on restoring my jointer with the cold weather myself. good luck!

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 11:45 AM

I know this is an oldie, but did you ever have luck tuning this saw?
I just picked up a G1012 recently, and going through re-tune.

Works fine with smaller blades, but didn’t like the 1/2 Timberwolf I threw on. I know several reviews saying this frame wasn’t strong enough, but I figured it could certainly handle at least a 1/2 – 3/4. I’m not expecting full tension on a 1”+ plus but figured I could get a 1/2 to resaw clean.

right now has a decent vibration to it – hope to clean that up.

-- Shane - Dublin, OH

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