|Forum topic by Matt Przybylski||posted 970 days ago||5169 views||3 times favorited||26 replies|
970 days ago
1) It took me forever to get the caster system correct. I put it together like the instructions outlined and got the saw upright. It didn’t work. I flipped it back over and took three more cracks at it. As it turns out, the rear axel had to be rotated 180 degrees to work properly (something I realized far too late and now after Googling see I’m not the only one that had this issue) and the front axel didn’t have the leg connectors connected the right way from the factory. Since this took about 4 tries to do, I ended up accidentally stripping some of the allen head screws that hold the leg assembly together so taking the legs apart is no longer an option, but at least the whole bottom part of the saw is working properly now so unless I need to take it apart to return it, I shouldn’t have an issue there.
2) I had a bunch of residue on the cast iron top. I tried a bunch of household cleaners (grease lightning, CLR for stainless steel, and rubbing alcohol) but couldn’t get it off (only slightly). As you can see by the image, it’s still on there quite a bit.
How can I get this stuff off?
3) This is my ignorance probably but again I’m new to this so please be gentle with this one. On the bottom of the riving knife assembly there is a “thing” that sticks out and has some orange rubbery/plasticky thing on it. I don’t know what to call this but it’s on there pretty good so I assume this shouldn’t be removed so I didn’t try. Anyway, this is preventing me from pushing the blade far enough on the arbor so that it’s even and tilting the blade. I can’t imagine any way (and trust me I’ve tried) to get the blade on the arbor properly so please either tell me I’m a moron and how to do it or that I’m not crazy and something is wrong here because I’m all out of ideas.
4) The directions specifically state that the arbor washer (domed end) should face INWARD towards the blade. It was facing outward before I took it off the arbor and I can’t fathom in any way that the directions are correct in this. Am I crazy?
5) The steel side tables aren’t level with the table. This could be my error though I’m not sure how to correct it, but basically the outsides of the tables move upward so when you place a straight edge on the saw (in my case a 4’ level) the level is off the table in the middle and sits on the edges of the steel tables. I’m almost positive this is my error but again I don’t know how to correct it so please do advise.
So, that’s it so far and I haven’t even begun to install the rails because before I go through the trouble I want to make sure I’m not beating a dead horse.
To be perfectly honest, this has kind of taken me aback and has made me feel like I shouldn’t even be using power tools because I’m either a) an idiot or b) don’t know how to categorize something as my error or factory error.
Any help and guidance on this is greatly appreciated.
-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com