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#1 posted 02-23-2016 06:46 PM

I started the other thread with the same question. My saw is a different model #, but I couldn’t tell you what the difference between mine and yours is. I’m almost done with everything, just a couple of minor things to complete it. I planned on doing a blog once I’m done, but I’ll be glad to share some of what I’ve found while doing this.

The base I’ve made is open using parts from a flip top stand I had built, then found I didn’t really need. I had originally planned to have the saw sitting so the belt ran down the side of the stand, but decided against that since it’d throw off the center of balance. Instead, I centered the saw and cut a hole in the top large enough for the belt cover to fit with enough room to remove it. Also, I got a Portamate mobile base to mount the stand on so the mobile part of mine is different from what you have planned. The top is 20”x 20” and the saw is very stable. I’m not sure how much of that is due to what I’ve built it from (double layer 3/4” CDX top, 4×4 legs), but even on the mobile base I don’t have any problem with balance.

I wanted to keep the belt cover (and like you will be putting a link belt on it) as-is but one thing I found that was a problem for me was that having the top 1-1/2” thick, the motor had to be mounted with the bump out on the top of it (the capacitor I think?) almost right up against the underside of the top. Even then, the shaft of the motor sat on the opening of the back part of the belt cover opening for it. I ended up having to grind the opening for the pulley and shaft a little larger to keep it from rubbing.

Another problem I ran into was the cord from the saw switch to the motor has a plug that looks like a computer cord to power supply plug. Once the motor is below the saw the cord is too short. I debated on using a computer cord to replace the cord from the switch, but even though it’s the same gauge wire, I decided it was too light weight. What I did was go to the home center and buy a power tool replacement cord (the specs between the two cords is pretty much the same, 16AWG3X SVT). Using that cord I’m wiring the motor directly to the switch with no plug in between.

I should finish everything soon and will then start on what I need to get done to the saw itself, and once I do I’ll blog everything with a few pics. Good luck with yours and hopefully I’ve been a little bit of help.

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