New Shinys!! #3: MINE MINE MINE MINE MINE!!!

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Blog entry by Jeison posted 04-10-2010 05:02 AM 5314 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So today I made the last layaway payment (finally!) on my craftsman table saw and went with my brother in law to go pick it up. It am biiiiiig and it am heeaaaavvvyy. Nearly 400 pounds of pure win :D

I already have my old Skil benchtop packed up to go on ebay, I get a kick out of the sheer size difference….

So prolly this weekend I’ll be puttin it together, then the first things I’m going to make are some ZCIs and a ramp (you can kinda see that the concrete pad its sitting on now is about 3” higher than the garage floor.

Actually, first I need to build a simple router table, THEN i can make the ZCIs. THEN i can make a tapering jig to make the ramp. Gonna be a busy weekend :D

And I get my first salary check next week, I already have a good Freud thin kerf combination blade, but I do want to get the PALS trunnion bolt replacements, and prolly a link belt. Oh and an Oshlun dado stack. I think everything else I need at this stage I already have. Oh I do need an adapter to go from the 4” DC port to my shop vac. Oh and a good extension cord, the one I have is too low a guage to feed it properly. I should make a list….

But hopefully I’ll have that all set up this weekend, then next weekend I can make the inserts and ramp and whatnot. Course, I need to get my truck fixed before I can bring home the wood to actually build anything big LOL.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 05:15 AM

You are going to be busy… good for you…

-- Be safe.

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 05:34 AM

look like fun!

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 05:44 AM

Nice! I just got done setting mine up last weekend. I scored a smoking deal on mine too. I found one through at a nearby store for basically what you paid that had been special ordered but then the guy decided he didn’t want it for some reason so it was actually brand new, in the box, never opened. I had them roll it out to my truck right then, score!

I’m sure you’ve seen the reviews of this saw out here that say the assembly instructions suck, and they’re right, but I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it all out. My tip, once you get to a point to take off the back panel, just leave it off until the end. I think I took the thing off and put it back on 5 or 10 times (and with 6 little bolts it gets real annoying). I’ve just tested mine out a bit but I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.


-- Marc,

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 02:23 PM

Woo Hoo. From boards to dust to make.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 07:54 PM

yea I figgered the assembly instructions would be near worthless (they almost always are) but I’m not too worried. My gramps was fond of saying things to the effect of “if you can’t figure out how to put it together, you shouldn’t be using it in the first place” :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#6 posted 04-11-2010 10:11 PM

WOW thats a heavy sucker. I just got done assembling the bulk of it (just need to mount the rails and wings, but I need a break lol!)

I can confirm the instructions are damn near worthless, but on the bright side, along with the diagrams its a snap to figure out (theres really only one way everything fits together.) The mobile base is pretty much the only thing you need to put together. The caster/lifter sets are pre-assembled (it was confusing because the instructions want you to assemble them, took me a while to figure out they were talking about stuff that was already done “OMG I CANT FIND THESE PARTS!! oh wait do they mean this…), as is the cabinet itself. Once the base was put together the only hard part is lifting the cabinet (HEAVVVYYYY make sure to have help!! I struggled for an hour with it before I gave in and called my brother in law lol!)

Anyways once the base is assembled, its just a matter of mounting it to the cabinet and then flipping the whole assembly on its feet, then mounting the rails and extensions and little things like the rip fence holders and such. Everything looks in good shape, I almost panicked when I couldn’t find the riving knife assembly until I discovered it was already mounted LOL. Also was missing a few nuts and washers, but it all happened to be parts I had extras of (they were all common parts you could buy for a few cents anyways)

I was going to pick up a link belt for it, but I don’t think I’ll bother just yet. It has a very very short belt thats difficult to get to (I’ll post some pics little later for anyone whos interested) and looks like it would be more trouble than its worth if theres nothing particularly wrong with the stock one. The dust collection should be awesome, other than the front slot for the handle wheel the cabinet has no other openings, and has a built in funnel to channel sawdust out the bottom (I’ll post pics of that too), I just need an adapter to plug in the shop vac (its like $5 from woodcraft).

OH another awesome thing, when I bought it, I also signed up for Sears “Shop Your Way” rewards thingy, well apparently from buying this I have a $30 credit on the card, so I figure I’ll use that towards one of those Craftsman phenolic ZCIs. Could make em myself, but I figure this is good since its basically gonna be free, and I have yet to set up the router table. Would save me some trouble as I get set up.

k, time to go finish up.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#7 posted 04-12-2010 02:49 AM

i can’t wait to see it set up and the work you turn out

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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