Hi folks. I have been preparing one half of a 2 car garage for dedicated 4 season workshop space. Put up an insulated wall, repainted, installed great lighting, installed a big window, and last weekend completed the installation of 4 dedicated 15 amp circuts, and 3 single phase 220 v 20 amp circuts for the power machines. (I was very fortunate there was ample space in my breaker panel…)
So – I’ve been ordering tools. After almost a year of research, and lurking around this and other woodworking websites – I settled on mostly Grizzly equipment. Yesterday was delivery day! How exciting! Except for my drill press being backordered till April, I was greatly anticipating the arrival of my G0514×19” bandsaw, my G0690 10” tablesaw and my dust collection system. I have put off purchasing a jointer and planer until I get the shop benches and cabinets built, and see how “roomy” the remaining space feels…
Well the truck driver says he has bad news – something was damaged. “Crushed” would be a better word. The pallet with the dust collector was smashed down to about half of what the proper height should have been. So I started taking photos of all the cartons – just in case something else was damaged. Good thing I did.
I live in the mountains, and on an inclined street. So rather than push the equipment uphill in the truck to unload it, the driver elected to park so that it was downhill to the lift gate. With just the 2 of us to keep a couple of 600ish pound machines from running away and falling out the back was quite exciting – I wish someone was videoing – it would have been both scary and hysterical!
We get the bandsaw crate to the garage door – it was way too tall to fit! After way too much discussion, I took a circular saw and cut the top 6 inches off the crate, and moved it in. Driver creates a damage claim and departs. I am left alone to explore and examine all that was delivered. I have been waiting for this day for almost 20 years!
With such a small shop space – I wanted everything movable. I bought mobile bases for both saws. I’m now realizing that without 2 or 3 more strong men, these tools will never move off their pallets and end up on their bases.
So I spent the last 4 hours of last night opening boxes, and reading assembly instructions. Today I will be cleaning the cast iron tables, and hopefully by the end of the day, I will have gotten a little help moving the saws to their bases, and mounting the heavy tables and wing tables to the saws.
I will try to post regularly as the shop comes together – maybe my experiences will help someone else. The next month or two will be very exciting indeed!
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