Last night I got the main part of the saw assembled including the extension wings, rails, and extension table.
Getting the extension wings on by myself was a bit tricky. They are really heavy and I had to hold them up with one hand and get the bolts threaded with the other. I almost asked my wife to come help but then I remembered the last time she helped me in the shop. (Good thing she doesn’t read my blogs :) )
If anyone else does this, do not put the motor cover on when the instructions say to. It gets in the way of bolting down the wing and can easily be put on later.
The insert is really well designed. It’s a solid half inch thick, unlike the sheet metal insert that came with my General saw. It should be real easy to make my own zero clearence inserts with the way this is designed. I especially like the bracket that is used to remove the insert and to lock it in place.
The inside of the saw is also really well designed. I’m not a mechanic by any stretch of the imagination so I’m really qualified to asses something like this but the parts all look a whole lot beefier than anything in my General saw. And the way the dust hose is a solid connection straight to the thing that wraps the blade (whatever it’s called) looks like there will be virtually no sawdust going into the cabinet. When the blade is set to 90 degrees, the motor is almost completley out of the cabinet which should reduce the amount of dust getting onto the motor and if I ever do have to do any repairs they should be real easy.
The extension table looks a little flimsy when you see it upside down. It’s only a 5/8 inch top with 1 1/2 inch pine ribs. It would be a whole lot beefier had I built my own. It feels much stronger than it looks though so we’ll just have to wait and see how well it holds up. It does have levelers on the legs though!
Here’s the whole saw so far. The unblemeshed cast iron top is really a site to see. I think it only took me a few weeks to accidentally drag a screw across my general saw top and put a nice scratch in it. I hope this one lasts a little longer:
-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.