Hi, guys, I’m new around here, most of you probably don’t even know me, but I’ve been watching for a while.
I like how you guys are like family around here. If someone really needs help with a problem, you are all quick
to come to the rescue with helpful advice that the rest of us learn from too. Most of you are very polite even when someone is trying to do something stupid and they only want you to validate their idiotic idea. You gently try to nudge them in the right direction. If someone posts a project that looks like it was done by a third grader, you guys don’t laugh, You pat them on the head and say “good job.”
What really reminds me of home is how, when somebody does something so good that it makes us
all jealous. Those are the ones you guys make fun of. I don’t have the woodworking prowess to rub that in your face, I’m just a newbie. Same goes for the ability to answer any question with sage, awe-inspiring wisdom, I don’t have that either, I’m just a dumb redneck.
I found out quickly, that I’m just out of my league when arguing politics with some of the higher educated members. The only thing I really had left, was a tool gloat. I needed some anyway, so why not find
a good deal and make fun of everybody that way. Some of you guys find some really good deals.
Then everyone tells you that you suck, and that they hate you. It’s all good fun, especially when they act like they got screwed and then surprise everyone With how little they really stole it for. I thought I’d found just such an opportunity. Lucky me? Yeah, right!!
I guess I should have done more research before I purchased them. I wanted a drill press I could put in my small shop. I found what I thought would be a good one. I’ve heard of guys paying six or eight hundred for a drill press. I was able to get this guy down under three. So far, I’m doing pretty good. Then he says he has a table saw, too. Oh, cool!
It was disassembled, into several piles so I couldn’t try it out. I found a good brand name, saw a rip fence and miter gauge, no blade but I had an extra Avanti at home, no big deal. I asked how much for both. I hate to admit how much I really paid, just suffice it to say. after drooling over those saws at Woodcraft, it sounded like a great deal. With a drill press to boot, What a bargain.
I’d just got that free tax money, so I ran to the bank, before I missed this one. I made it back
just in time, somebody else was looking at my tools. We loaded it up in the truck and flew home. This was gonna be funny.
I had a name brand table saw, with a better rip fence than my old Crapsman. It was disassembled and had some rust, so maybe I could post it as a tool build or restoration project. Show off my skills with the WD-40 and a wire brush, maybe do some painting, too. Brag about my restoration skills. I was excited.
You know how that feels, right? Then, I started looking for the directions. What? No directions?
How am I supposed to build a table saw without plans? I went back, but they were moving
stuff and couldn’t find them. Oh well, I’ll find some on the internet.
I finally found someone who would mail me a hard copy, so I didn’t have to run back and forth to the computer, to see what came next. While I was waiting for the mail, Istarted doing my research. Oh, crap!!
I thought Deltas were good tools. Everyone around here seems to think they’re just Chinese junk,
and they don’t seem to like the Delta fences either. At least I got a drill press, let’s see how good it is.
Oh, Hell! It’s made in Taiwan by some company I never even heard of. I bought one to fit the space, but it’s a bench top.
Now I found out that they are not worth it either. Not as stable as a floor model,smaller table, smaller chuck with less stroke, light weight construction. Yep, mine has all these flaws too.
The real problems started when the plans arrived.
It only took a day or two to get the stand assembled. Then I grabbed the saw and threw it up on the stand. It felt too light, so I flipped it over.
No blade and no MOTOR, either. No wonder it was so cheap. How do you find a motor for a discontinued Chinese saw?
I thought about trying to find a machine shop to make a bracket, so I can hang one of those HF motors on it. But they don’t have onewith the right RPM’s anyway.
I have a busted lawnmower, do you think they can make an abapter kit to mount a 5 horse Briggs&Stratton, that way I can use the throttle. Or should I just throw it away?
I fully expect you guys to make fun of my dumb ass, my wife sure has, but I can take it.
After all, if you can’t make fun of yourself, how can you make fun of everybody else.?
Go ahead, maybe some of you have some good ideas. too. All comments are welcome, I won’t get my feelings hurt.
I’ll be away from the computer, so I can’t reply for a while.
I’ll be able to see your comments
on my phone, so you won’t go unheard.
Maybe you can give me some ideas. At least you should get some laughs. Thanks.
-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.