My shop is about 40 minutes from town. So when I got a great deal on a saw and I wanted to get it set up right away, I didn’t want to wait a week or two to get a couple buddies to help me. I wanted to do it right then! Home Depot used a fork lift to place it in the back of my truck. It would be up to me to get it out.
So the first step would be to disassemble the packing as much as I could to lighten it.
Starting with the metal frame…
There were actually several distinct boxes within the crate and if I could get them out separately I would make the rest easier.
Having lightened it as much as I could I grabbed a couple of oak boards, 5/4×10” x 10 ft long and the saw at this point was light enough that I could tip up on one side at a time and slide a board under each runner.
Okay, at this point it gets a little dicey. I want to inch the saw backwards until it just tips the boards and then slide it down the incline to the shop floor. One piece of advice, make sure the boards are the same length off the back of the truck.
So you can see, I missed disaster by only a little bit!
Actually the toughest part was tipping the saw on it’s side to remove the skid from the bottom, and then getting it back upright.
Then the directions for assembly… Notice the following picture. The packages of parts are labeled “For Figure A, B, C” but in the manual the figures are numbered! What fun!
But to make a long story short, I eventually got it together and all set up.
Note: This was actually in 2009 and the shop has changed a lot since then. But I think the experience is still instructive. I don’t recommend this technique to anyone!
-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.