First Project With the New Powermatic Table Saw #6: Mobile base tested

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Blog entry by psient posted 03-13-2012 12:12 PM 1932 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After gusseting, I put the ratcheting casters on the mobile base for the Table Saw. I stood on the base and it did flex when all my weight was focused mid-span. However, with the weight distributed there will be no problem.

I am not happy with the configuration of the casters. I have decided the thumb-screw is a better deal so I’ll use the ratcheting casters for another project.

I’ll complete the welds on the base today and take a photo so ya’ll can look at it and give me feedback. I am debating on whether to buy a sand blasting outfit at HF or just wire-brush it best as I can and let it go at that for painting. Maybe I’ll get to the point of slinging the saw onto the base today. It depends upon how much time I have.

Yesterday I learned something about my welder:

First, you have to really fuss with the settings when you are new to this machine. Because it has no digital display for amps and wire feed, only volts and amps, the tutorials on You-Tube are not all that clarifying beyond the obvious. Second, if you loop the wire feed-line to the gun a couple of times the, wire will not feed continuously. Day before yesterday I had looked at the wire feeding rate and to my surprise, the gun wouldn’t feed when under resistance. After some adjustments it worked. Then yesterday it happened again. That’s when the light went off and I understood it was the loops in the feed-line. I’m still making stupid mistakes like forgetting to turn on the gas before I start welding.

All this learning is making for some aggressive grinding on this base. Nobody told me that welding was such a grime producing enterprise. Yesterday my wife dubbed me the ‘chimney sweep’ because of the grinding soot on my face and body.

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