|Review by charlie48||posted 06-28-2010 06:17 PM||4098 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
I finally decided to make the switch to a cabinet saw, thinking maybe magically it would make me a better woodworker? well I think the jury will be out for awhile on that one, but like the tool man Taylor I do have more power!
I had it delivered to my local lumber yard, I cant thank them enough for helping me out this way!!
I had these visions of my brand new magical saw comming in all dented and broken,but it arrived in great shape, so thanks to all the drivers that cared for my new toy on its journey from MO. to Wi.
The lumber yard loaded it on my truck and I was off,scrutizing my plan to get it off the truck,because I had no help,I had to build an elaberate skid system to get it off my truck , but that could be another blog.
Now to put it together.Under the heavey carboard box was a wooden frame attached to a pallet,now for sure my fears of bent and broken pcs. vanished.Now the saw is on the floor after carefull measurements,because I didn’t want to move it again!!!
The extensions went on without a hitch,because a few weeks ago I watched a vidio on FWW web on how to assemble a saw, and picked up a great tip on how to put on the extensions without help.next the fence assembly,and the wooden extension table went together with no problems.next was the riving knife,now I was ready to level and square eveything up.I leveled the extensions to the saw, a few hits with a rubber hammer did the trick, a steel rule across the extensions and saw measured .0015 out of flat, worked for me.Next the blade, it was sqaure,then on to the riving knife, it was out so per instructions I bent it,easy fix.Now to the fence, it was .015 out, so a few tweaks later it .001,BUT the poly fence face was wavy by .010 to .015, So out come the deck of cards,I couldn’t get it perfect but after an hour of loosening bolts and insurting pcs. of card stock and retightening I got the waves much closer together,and about .004 from high point to low point on the waves, but after cutting a few boards that come out flat I was OK with the fix.
It was a fun build up even with the few problems, but when I turned her on and she come life,all the problems went away!! Man what a saw!!! even with the Grizzly blade it cut like a dream,I can’t wait to put a good blade on.I think I have to order thick kerf kerf blades as the riving knife is .100 and my thin kerf would be trouble,I don’t think they make a thinner riving knife? but I’m working on that. I gave this asw a 4 star rating because of the few problems I had,but I can’t see myself giving anything a perfect rating. Anyone wanting a very good saw cann’t go wrong with the Grizzly G0690 or G0691.
-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.