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#1 posted 08-05-2009 06:43 PM

Woodwrecker, yeah, that 15% off was a great deal, huh? Hi Don. It appears to have been at least a chipper. It may have been one of the blades too. Thanks. kolwdwrkr, it was getting late (for me) so I thought it best to leave the situation and try again the next day. Then I thought, why not throw it out to the LJ community. Voila, an immediate resolution to the problem. That situation you described is very scary. Glad to hear he wasn’t hurt. Hi Charles. Thanks for checking in on me. Knottscott, thanks for the information. BTW, I found the review I was looking for on the EB-3 and you were right…it wasn’t you! LOL. Grizzman, thank you. I guess I got off pretty easy regarding this error. I openly admit to not reading the “guide” carefully. I have re-read it and I am going to quote a bit of it: 1. Work Safely followed by valuable and appropriate safety information. 2. Use Both Outside Blades 3. Clean Well 4. Setup: “Use the chart on the next page to select the components needed for width of dado. After cleaning, place the first outside blade on the arbor, being sure rotation is correct. If chippers are being used, place them on next with the teeth of the chippers in the gullet of the outside blade. If more than one chipper is used, rotate every other chipper 45 degrees. Install other outside blade being sure that the teeth of the last chipper are in the gullet of the outside blade.” Had I read this carefully I would have picked up on the words being sure rotation is correct. Instead, I relied on my interpretation of what “outside” meant and never thought about rotation. While I take full responsibility for my error I do think the guide could be far clearer and, in fact, I think they should have a separate page labeled, “Installation”. They could highlight words in bold or red lettering. I plan to write to Freud to suggest this. Again, my error but they could do more to help customers avoid such a mistake with warnings, cautions, etc. The box or the front of the guide could say, “DO NOT OPERATE UNTIL ALL INSTALLATION STEPS HAVE BEEN LEARNED.” Thanks again everyone!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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