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Forum topic by t2krookie posted 02-22-2010 02:59 AM 907 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2010 02:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: go690 shopfox 690 new tablesaw setup

Well the confirmation on delivery was made a couple of days ago, and my brand spankin new

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to my shop ,(hopefully) is on its way by ground freight from grizzly. I would greatly appreciate any advice on set-up and additions. I have a rather small shop 18×19 two car garage, but it is all mine at least for the time being. I have in mind an outfeed table, and perhaps a dedicated under table dust collection, as well as the Wixey Digital fence readout , but would like to hear what options I might have not thought of. I’m by no means anything more than a dabler in wood but would like to bring myself up to speed. So again, set-up tips , options to think of adding, and opinions on which table is best. I do like to do a mixed bag of projects from desks to beds and other small furniture items. No small item stuff at this point. Thanx in advance for your opinions.

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 05:17 AM

I have no experience with Grizzly, but the Jet I bought last summer came with excellent setup instructions.

My only compliant was that they had packed most of the assembly hardware inside the front fence rail square tube, but didn’t mention that in the instructions. Since installing the fence rails comes late in the assembly process, I pirated several of my metric bolts and nuts – and made two trips to the hardware store – before I found everything.

As far as options:

- An outfeed table isn’t an option – it’s necessary. I have my saw set up at the garage door, facing into the garage with my outfeed table/assembly table/workbench/junk collecting table sitting in the middle of the garage.

- A rolling stand with locking wheels is definitely handy.

- Dust collection is a good thing – although the saw cabinet will do a good job of collecting sawdust.

- I also got a tenoning jig and have used it enough to wonder why I hadn’t bought one long ago.

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 05:29 AM

I have already sent for the btc 3000 mobile stand. I know its a tad overkill but had seen another post on bad experience with a cabinet saw and the 2000 so went for more rather than what is the supposed rating. Outfeed table I already knew would be a necessity, but was interested in those available comercialy if possible, or perhaps the roller outfeed from grizzly. Please do keep the sugestions on acessories and set-up comming.

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 05:48 AM

If you have the space, I have found that just having a 4’ x 4’ work table made from some 2×4`s and a 3/4 plywood top works well as an out feed table and can also be used for assembly and some machining work. I will sometimes pull mine around to the side of the machine to be used for stacking parts when doing batch machining on the table saw or when cutting bead for glazing window or door sash. It is plenty strong and stable for ripping full sheets and heavy lumber.

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 05:49 AM

First thing I’d do once its set up is make a stack of zero clearance inserts for it.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 02-24-2010 06:53 AM

I would ask one specific question. The shopfox is comming with cord but no plug. I need to wire a 220 circuit but was unsure which plug is best. It comes with a 10 gauge 12 foot cord but obviously i need to wire in the male and disconnect. Any sugestions? I had in mine the small diameter 20 amp 220 three pronger (if that makes any sense). Also could use the answer to the flipp up roller extention versus simple outfeed extention. Was thinking a sturdy outfeed table so as to have more workspace, but the rollers really make sure nothing sticks when it shouldn’t. Opinion on these two things?

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