The Saw #1: The Beginning

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Blog entry by Mike C. posted 02-24-2015 11:17 PM 1636 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Starting from complete scratch sounds like a daunting task as it will be full of mistakes. After much research, I decided on the Ridgid r4512 table saw to be my first.

The first mistake I made was hurting my lower back getting this 268 pound monster in my VW hatchback. Once I got home, the question remained in my mind, “how am I going to get it out by myself?” Cut it out, thats what I did. After about an hour, it was out and my back was sore, but I was determined.

The table bed was upside down though on the floor. How was I to flip it? I got some rachet straps and bundled the styrofoam encasement that the table saw was in and flipped it. Second mistake, my back, hurt again.

During some off time, mostly at lunch while at work during the week, I read through the manual and decided that there would be no way to stand this bad boy up once the legs were on by myself. I would need some help. But, I could put as much together as I could before that stage. Plus, this would give my back a break for 5 days.

Here is a pic of the unboxing.

More to come as the next weekend approaches.

-- Capt Mike

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#1 posted 02-25-2015 02:07 AM

I was in the same situation with the same saw and with a bad back. I screwed an eyebolt into the ceiling right above the saw. Then I hooked a chain fall in the eyebolt connected the hook to the saw and lifted it about 3 feet into the air. I then twisted it right side up and then lowered it to the floor. This gave me no problems with my back.

-- Drexel

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#2 posted 02-25-2015 02:32 AM

Backs aren’t what they used to be. Says mine after I lift a unisaw top with extensions still on.

Good luck with the saw.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 02-25-2015 03:48 AM

Very brave and determined woodworkers indeed

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Mike C.

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#4 posted 02-26-2015 04:49 PM

yeah. didn’t have a chain fall, plus never used one before. My buddy came over and we made easy work of it.

Brave and determined? More like a kid at Christmas with a new bike. Just too excited. haha.

-- Capt Mike

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