|Project by lightweightladylefty||posted 05-29-2010 06:45 AM||4008 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
About a year ago I purchased a used Grizzly 1023 tablesaw which had been poorly maintained. The previous owner had sawed mostly pine and must never have cleaned it. All the parts were caked hard with pitch and sawdust and the entire base was packed full of sawdust. I spent many hours cleaning it and removing the rust from the top.
When I got the saw, the switch was mounted similar to the photo in the back of the Grizzly manual (photo top right) except that the mounting plate was reversed to make it easier to reach the screws, but making it protrude an additional inch. It was in the way every time I tried to walk around the saw, catching my hip on it. And the horizontal location did not lend itself to intuitively knowing which button to push to turn it off.
Since I was unhappy with that location, I decided to remount it similar to the mounting shown on the front page of the Grizzly manual (photo middle left), except I extended it out on a bracket making it 3 inches closer to the front since, for me, it was virtually unreachable so far back. After attempting to use it in that location for the past few months, my husband and I decided it was an accident waiting to happen. The reach was inconvenient and we would invariably fumble for the off button and have to bend down to look. [Oops! There goes an eye.]
So before disaster occurred, I rewired the switch; (it was previously wired out both ends). My husband made another mounting plate so I could hang it vertically behind the front rail. I then made the flip-down red stop, and we are quite pleased with its performance.
Center right photo shows the bent hinges I found (25 cent each) to attach the safety stop. Bottom left is just another photo angle and bottom right show the safety stop flipped up. I routed two L-brackets into the back of the wooden safety stop, then spray-painted it red (to please my husband). ;-)
Any of you Grizzly 1023 owners out there: do you actually like Grizzly’s mounting options? We’re perplexed that they have manufactured a saw model for so many years and not provided a better switch location.
(Some might not consider this a project; but for me IT WAS A PROJECT! . . . and it does include a tiny bit of wood. Besides, projects are a little faster for me to upload with dial-up.)
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