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10-28-2011 04:13 PM

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I got this table saw in exchange for straightening out the lighting in a friend’s equipment barn. My previous and only other table saw was what can only charitably be called a piece of cheap junk. It was a $50 garage sale mistake – plastic case, tiny pot metal table, cheap ass inaccurate fence, flimsy damn stand. That being the case, it was a rare occasion when it was used. I made a magnanimous gesture and gave it to my least favorite brother-in-law.

I’m thinking a few accessories could make this one usable. What essentials do I need to transition from a RAS jockey to a table saw aficionado?

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#1 posted 10-28-2011 04:16 PM

Not a fancy saw but that’s a good fence on it. I forget what the brand
is but it is one of the better fences.

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#2 posted 10-28-2011 04:23 PM

What’s all this talk!?:) I think that’s a really nice saw! I can’t remember the name of the fence either but I’ve played with one before. Extruded aluminum and a strong bite. Long rails. It’s an attractive saw to me. What’s she got under the hood? Converting from the RAS to the TS are you? Build a cross-cut sled first. I love my RAS but a nice crosscut sled is a thing of beauty. I’d say square this baby up, give it some grease, a polish, at worst a belt and you’re in business.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 10-28-2011 04:31 PM

congrats on your upgrade. Really nice is relative to what kind of saw you had before. This sounds like a good improvement.

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 04:43 PM

looks like a great deal!

I’d start with tuning it up followed by a zero clearance insert and a nice cross cut sled as Al mentioned and/or a good miter gauge.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 04:46 PM

I hope your brother-in-law don’t read this.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#6 posted 10-28-2011 04:52 PM

What essentials do I need to transition from a RAS jockey to a table saw aficionado?


Wow, what a find! Well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 10-28-2011 05:04 PM

The fence is made by Excalibur (never heard of them) and looks to be as square as my kids think I am. The saw is Grizzily with a 2hp belt drive. Built in 1986. Made in Taiwan but what the heck, it seems solid enough – cast iron, steel and 12 gauge sheet metal – no plastic.

Definitely need that sled or I’ll never retire the RAS from cross cutting dimension stock. I’ve gotten the surface rust off the table and slicked it up. Belt has been replaced. Greased up the things that looked like they would appreciate it. The down side of the grease was that there is no blade height lock and now I wonder if the dado-ing other depth sensitive cuts might not be as carefree as I’d like. I can hang a weight on the adjustment wheel but that seems a little trailer park-ish. (who am I kidding, that’s right in my wheelhouse)

Relatively speaking I’ve moved up to to a F-250 from a pair of worn out flip flops.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#8 posted 10-28-2011 05:57 PM

Excaliber-the Rolls Royce IMO of fences. I don’t know if they are still produced but back in the day they were very expensive-read very good. A little finess to get it properly setup and adjusted but on the plus side does not need continual fiddling.
I build a dedicated saw to slice banding and was extremely fortunate to acquire a display model of an Excaliber fence. I have used the saw for years and honestly dont think I have ever had to readjust it. I saw .040 thick strips with it so any out of adjustment will show up immediatly.
As long as your arbor and brgs are good you have a great saw setup and it should do you proud.

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#9 posted 10-28-2011 07:13 PM

Keep the RAS for the dados. You’ll like the Grizz, and parts are available.
Great catch.


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#10 posted 10-28-2011 08:23 PM

Hey, if that saw is too good let me know. I will find a saw to trade for it then you will have an appreciation for the “Green Saw”. LOL This should serve well for a long time. Most of our tools perform as well and we can make them perform. I would take that saw in a heartbeat. Happy for you!

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#11 posted 10-28-2011 08:33 PM

Congrats on the score, looks like a nice saw. The fence and extension look good. Has to be a million times better than the saw you used to have. Good luck getting it tuned up and making some dust.

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#12 posted 10-29-2011 02:54 AM

Considering how much new ones cost, it looks like you made a great find!

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#13 posted 10-29-2011 03:40 AM

Wow, what an upgrade from your former saw! Very nice setup. Definitely worth getting it aligned well and putting a good blade on. Congrats and be safe.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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