Most reviews of the assembly complain about how hard it is to get the cylinder compressed. I think it comes “sticky” and when I leaned on it a couple of times I freed it up and it was easier to move. That wasn’t the hardest part of this.
The hardest part of the assembly was carrying the machine down to the basement. That took two weeks. Really it only took my 19-year old son five minutes, but that’s how long I had to wait for him to come over (finals at college were his priority over woodworking – go figure). I was afraid I’d fall down the stairs and nobody would be there to help me.
The second hardest part was removing the tool from the box. I did that by myself and it was a struggle. Here it out of the box.
Here’s the parts that come with it. The white boxes have the bits in it.
The most confusing part was attaching the spring clip. They have a picture which doesn’t make it clear (at least to me) that the spring clip goes into the rod.
You can see it pretty well in this picture if you know where to look.
Here’s a marked up drawing showing how the straight part of the spring goes into the ball.
Here it is fully assembled.
The manual says less than 30 minutes. That assumes a smart monkey. It probably took me 45 minutes. Most of that was trying to interpret the instructions.
-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.