|Forum topic by ampedup||posted 06-09-2013 11:49 AM||3733 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
06-09-2013 11:49 AM
After spending several months reading some excellent reviews from the different threads I thought I would join and try and give back. Calling myself a hobbies might be stretching the definition a bit but I enjoy the satisfaction of a finished project that has been built with my own two hands.
After using a very small Craftsman contractor saw for many years and as my projects became larger, I decided I needed to upgrade. The upgrade was not only to improve the functionality of the saw but for safety reasons as well. Pushing larger stock on such a small table will quickly cause you to pause and start counting fingers. This also helped selling the financial advisor (aka the wife) on the purchase as well.
Once I knew what saw would fit my current needs and budget (Grizzly G0715P) I spent the next several months (ok more like 6+ months) researching and reading every bit of information regarding the saw and its competition. That is how I stumbled across the forum and the wealth of information it provided.
One of the main requirements I had for the saw was the ability to add an outfeed table that would fold out of the way when not in use (working in a two car garage and not willing to give up any parking space). During my research, I didn’t find anyone using such a table with this particular saw. However, I wasn’t to alarmed, I just figured everyone (but me) was blessed with great woodworking skills and could make beautiful outfeed tables that would trump anything mass produced. It wouldn’t be until months later I would uncover the actual truth.
The day finally came for me to place my long awaited order with Grizzly but before doing so, I wanted to be reassured the HTC H8875 26” outfeed table would work with the G0715P hybrid saw. Although this statement wasn’t a lie, it wasn’t the complete truth either. My saw arrived on a Friday and I quickly got busying getting it all set up. Saturday morning I stepped into the garage fully expecting to finish up by installing the outfeed table. However, it became quite obvious that the mount provided wasn’t going to just “mount” to the back of the saw as I originally envisioned. Deciding not to get my engineering degree during my college years I decided it might be best to call Grizzly just in case I was misreading the instructions. Customer service explained that I would need to speak to tech support but they wouldn’t be open again until the following Monday. Monday finally came, took forever while my shiny new saw was just begging to be used, and I was on the phone first thing with tech support. The gentleman quickly confirmed what I was dreading to hear. Yes people, it’s true…the HTC H8875 outfeed table won’t work on the Grizzly G0715P table saw without MODIFICATION.
I absolutely hate returning things but here I was with a $260 table that couldn’t be used in its current condition. Do I dare start hacking it up in hopes that I can make it work or do I just settle for the fact that it just won’t work? A few days searching the internet for options, taking measurements and speaking to people that claim to have a little knowledge of structural integrity. I decided the best option was to grab my side grinder and a new cut-off wheel and hope for the best.
Here is the problem created with the G0715P
You can see how the factory mount has a small void to fit some saws but not quite big enough to fit the space needed for the G0715P
The good thing about the mount is you have just enough room to cut out the excess metal between the two support beams.
It’s important you center the templet with the box on the back of the saw cabinet so you will have the proper clearance to mount the base.
Test fit to make sure the base will clear the box. If you’ve measured and cut everything right, the mount should snuggly fit the sides of the box. I also left the templet in place for the test fit to make sure my holes lined up. Minor adjustments to the templet might be needed to get everything aligned as needed. It’s important to take your time here as the holes you drill for the top mount is very important to the final position of the table
Now some might notice that we have cut away a section of the base the incorporated two of the six mounting locations. This is where my own ideas and confirming with people with some engineering knowledge comes into play. I too, was worried about the implications caused my cutting away the two mounts. To remedy this issue, I purchased 2” x 1/8” thick flat sock to use as internal bracing for the mount.
and after a little paint to make it look nice
By mimicking the vertical mounting locations of the table mount I was able to transfer that information to the flat stock and tie the top and bottom mounts from inside the saw cabinet. I had to trim the top corner of one mount and the bottom corner of the other mount to get them to sit flush to the back of the cabinet.
Table installed and appears to be structurally as strong as the original mount . The only negative side effect in encountered from this modification is the time it took to get everything squared up and level with the table saw top. With the original mount, the 4 upper mounts are what helps with leveling. this is why making sure the top “two” holes are perfectly parallel with the table is very important so please take your time.
Need to add a few more things to the saw and I’ll have it set and ready to go.