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84 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: humor

I figured I would share my experience tonight so others could laugh as well.

While changing arbor extensions to go from my 14” blade to a small 10” blade to rip some 2×4’s I noticed what looked like a washer sitting in the bottom of the cabinet in the sawdust. A retrieval magnet also grabbed the bolt that went along with it.

After a few choice words I decided the only thing to do was to open the cabinet, clean it out and try to find where the bolt came from since I doubted that it was an optional thing on a 5hp 14” saw. After taking my router enclosure off and router base, I clean out the loose sawdust and blew everything off. After the dust settled I crawled inside and searched for the open bolt hole. After few minutes of searching and a close inspection of all the internal parts, I found the where the bolt came from.

After a few more choice words, I wiggled my way back out of the cabinet, grabbed the bolt, washer and ratchet, from the top side of the saw (through the insert opening) I proceed to install the bolt that would hold the splitter back into its hole and tightened it good.

As I proceeded to re-install my router table setup I kept thinking, if I would only have looked a little harder before I could have saved myself an hour or so of messing around. I guess on the bright side, now I know what the inside of my saw looks like. ;-)


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kirbi69

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#1 posted 84 days ago

could the splitter ( i assume its also called a riving knife correct?) have fallen off during a cut? that could be very dangerous.

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toolie

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#2 posted 84 days ago

I guess on the bright side, now I know what the inside of my saw looks like.

you mean you owned a 14” cabinet saw and didn’t know what the inside looked like before you had to looking inside?

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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generic

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#3 posted 84 days ago

No, the saw predates the riving knife. And while I may hear about it, I do not have the splitter installed. Neither did the previous owner as it is still sealed in its original packaging. It was just the bolt and washer meant to hold it in place.

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generic

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#4 posted 84 days ago

I have only had it for about 5 months and I have looked in it a couple times, but I had never actually crawled inside it and studied it this closely. Do people usually crawl inside just to check it out?

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NiteWalker

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#5 posted 84 days ago

Not necessarily crawl inside, but it’s good to know what’s under the hood and know haw things operate behind closed doors.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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generic

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#6 posted 84 days ago

I agree. I had looked it over before, read the manual and studied the schematics. I’m an engineer by trade and a farm boy at heart and have worked on lots of machinery. Before using the saw I looked it over pretty close to make sure there wasn’t anything glaringly wrong.

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 84 days ago

I usually fix things with a hammer. It’s pretty satisfying until you have to fix what you fixed with a hammer.

With a bigger hammer.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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#8 posted 84 days ago

The BFH is the best tool in the tool box. ;)

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#9 posted 84 days ago

If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem.

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TheFridge

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#10 posted 84 days ago

In 14 years of electrical work there has been nothing I couldn’t fix with a hammer and duct tape either :) you just need duct tape.

-- "We build our workshops. Then we enjoy the fruits of our labor by laboring for more fruits." - Me

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