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#1 posted 05-03-2010 06:00 PM

Ya, I just built mine a couple of weeks ago. I too with throw my considerable weight on the ‘these instructions suck’ bandwagon.

Leftover parts: Yep, I had a few bolts and washers left over. I went back through the entire build process with a fine toothed comb and couldn’t find a home for them. The saw works great, nothing rattles or falls off so I think I got it all right.

Herc-u-lift: I like it, I have no issues with it other than the fact that it’s a little unsteady when moving it across uneven ground, tends to be a bit wobbly. Since I don’t intend to move it at all, I’m happy it’s there in the event that I need to move it, but won’t be affected by any inadequacies it has.

Hercu-u-lift bolts: I found this confusing as well, until I built the base and played with it. You have to keep put the nuts on just until they bind up on the nylon insert in the nut. The bolts should have lots of play. The amount of play allows the mechanism to buckle out of the way when the saw is on the stand, but stay in line for when you engage it. You can definitely overtighten these….and you’ll find that it doesn’t end up dropping much when you disengage the lift. The guys at Home Depot who built the floor model overtightened them and the whole things only dropped about 1/4” when disengaged. They extended the leveling bolts to the max as I suspect it didn’t come up off the wheels after they built it.

Hex/allen bolts sizes: Heck ya! This annoyed me big time. I figured they would include the right sized allen key, despite including 6 of them in total. I did not have the right sized one in my shop, but I had a few extras that were slightly larger, so I just ground one down to the right size. I did find this pretty wierd, but it worked eventually.

Congrats on the saw…a couple of weeks with this saw and I’m very happy with it myself.

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