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Forum topic by Chadecoen posted 04-26-2020 12:29 AM 1665 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chadecoen

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04-26-2020 12:29 AM

Received my new Harvey Table saw earlier this week and been assembling it this weekend. So far so good. Seems very sturdy and heavy duty. Crated and on a pallet and all boxes packed very neatly with everything labeled. ABF Freight couldn’t have been nicer and drug it up the drive and put it in the garage for me and then wouldn’t accept a tip! OMG, the grease. Must be 3 different kinds, runny grease, sticky grease, and slimy grease. What a mess! Even came with two throat plates and a pretty nice set of wobble allen wrenches..

Still undecided on the high-low fence as it looks like it will be more difficult to build jigs for but maybe installing some t-track or extrusion on top and side will even it all out and provide more options. Needed a little tape for the cast wings to line up, but then they lined up perfectly flat.

I was very impressed how heavy the miter is didn’t realize it would be a cast piece also. The pull pin to change angle isn’t centered and won’t operate correctly so hopefully they’ll send me another.

I am about to start checking fence and table for parallel and what not tomorrow.

So so far I am loving it but my few issues are: One of the pages on the instructions printed illegible and I cannot tell why they included a second thinner arbor washer. For a dado stack maybe? The miter gauge issues, and the measuring tape if installed at zero (fence against blade) over hangs the the other end of the rail by 4 inches. I’m sure Harvey can tell me what I have done wrong when I call on Monday.
Pics and more saw adventures to follow:

Anyway, hope this helps someone looking for a saw as I couldn’t find much on Harvey when I discovered them and as I go along and becoming more convinced what a value they are.


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Dustjunkie

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#1 posted 04-26-2020 02:39 AM

They have the manual online, maybe you can find the page you cannot make out. It looks like the washer is for the dado blade flange. Nice looking saw.

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#2 posted 04-26-2020 04:30 AM

id love to hear about the saw once get it up and running,please fill us in on the performance,i mean the price is killer,but is the quality?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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tvrgeek

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#3 posted 04-26-2020 10:32 AM

If my new C-14 band saw is as good as I hope, I wil be looking at their table saw.
As you get further in, might I suggest you post in the “reviews” forum?

Coffee time. Then change the plug and fire the BS up.

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controlfreak

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#4 posted 04-26-2020 10:47 AM

Looks impressive and that was before I saw the price. I can’t wait for a review.

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Chadecoen

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#5 posted 04-26-2020 12:20 PM


They have the manual online, maybe you can find the page you cannot make out. It looks like the washer is for the dado blade flange. Nice looking saw.

- Dustjunkie

Thanks! I suspected that’s what it was but didn’t see the manual online. Can you share a link? Thanks again!


id love to hear about the saw once get it up and running,please fill us in on the performance,i mean the price is killer,but is the quality?

- pottz

Haven’t turned it on but if weight, fit, and finish are any indication this thing is a lot of saw for the bucks. The movements are buttery smooth so far.


If my new C-14 band saw is as good as I hope, I wil be looking at their table saw.
As you get further in, might I suggest you post in the “reviews” forum?

Coffee time. Then change the plug and fire the BS up.

- tvrgeek

Part of learning my way around I guess, sorry. Maybe admins can move the post to the right spot? I look forward to hearing your report on the BS. A real bs is on the list of upgrades planned for my garage.


Looks impressive and that was before I saw the price. I can t wait for a review.

- controlfreak

Thanks! I’m pretty tickled so far. I can’t wait to put it to work. I mean, bang for the buck seems like a good choice. I posted elsewhere asking questions about a grizzly and Laguna ts, I think it was @tvrgeek that mentioned Harvey and I am glad he did. Seems like there are not a lot of choices but are a lot of comprises on a sub $1000 table saw. Took a chance though cause I couldn’t find squat about them on line. Free shipping was icing on the cake

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tvrgeek

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#6 posted 04-26-2020 01:51 PM

First cut review of the C-14 is over in the review section. Can’t wait for my thinner bands to get here to try more free-hand and curves.

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controlfreak

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#7 posted 04-26-2020 04:28 PM

Does Harvey Ambassador have any mobile base accessories or options? I didn’t find any on their site.

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Chadecoen

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#8 posted 04-26-2020 05:16 PM



Does Harvey Ambassador have any mobile base accessories or options? I didn t find any on their site.

- controlfreak

Right! They must be working on their web presence cause their website seem lacking to me.

I also didn’t see a mobile stand on their site but the instruction book for the saw included some accessories one of which is the MB-600 mobile base. But the only reference I could find was:

https://harveywoodworking.en.made-in-china.com/productimage/SBHEnMQTutUV-2f1j00GjgTNPIKhlzS/China-MB-600-Woodworking-Table-Saw-Universal-Mobile-Base.html

I have emailed them for more info, I’ll let y’all know what they say

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Dustjunkie

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#9 posted 04-26-2020 10:59 PM

The manual is at harveywoodworking.com look under products, find your saw and scroll to the bottom of the product page and you will see the link to the manual.

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Chadecoen

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#10 posted 04-27-2020 12:22 AM



The manual is at harveywoodworking.com look under products, find your saw and scroll to the bottom of the product page and you will see the link to the manual.

- Dustjunkie

Wow! I either missed it or they have already revised their site since I bought it. Thanks for that!

We’ll see how great their customer service is when I call tomorrow with my issues.

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#11 posted 05-02-2020 05:26 PM

Chadecoen

Have request for you:

Would like some measurements on fence?
What is size (L x W x steel thickness) of the front rectangular tube used by fence?
What size (L x W) is the square tube supporting the aluminum fence?
What are the long and short side lengths of the aluminum fence rail?

Can you also post a picture of the underside of the fence head that rests on the rectangular fence rail, to show the glide pads?

Thanks in advance!

FWIW: The ‘Master-Rip’ fence provided by Harvey has the Hi/Lo, and sliding fence bar; safety features required on European table saws. It appears to be a cross between Biesemeyer T-Square and discontinued Delta UniFence. Would be nice to have ‘new’ Unifence sold in US market. If the dimensions are compatible with standard biesemeyer rails, might try ordering one?

Thanks for sharing, best luck with new tool/toy!

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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tvrgeek

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#12 posted 05-02-2020 05:37 PM

They don’t seem to sell mobile bases, but there are a lot of fine aftermarket or DIY for much less than typically charged.

Next tool project it to build a resaw sled for the bandsaw as I just harvested some very nice oak. I figure I can whack out a few quarter sawn boards and stack in it my storage for a year. That is if I did not destroy the band. I went to do a slot in an old axe handle and surprise, buried out if sight were two nails.

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Chadecoen

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#13 posted 05-03-2020 11:13 AM



Sorry for the OT, but it has to be said.

- MrRon


Thank u for your opinion Mr. Ron. I find your post about as offensive as you seem to find China. Not only did it not have to be said, it shouldn’t have been said here. Please keep it on topic or refrain from posting in my threads. Thank you

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controlfreak

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#14 posted 05-03-2020 11:18 AM

Have you had a chance to decide how you feel about the fence yet?

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Chadecoen

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#15 posted 05-03-2020 12:10 PM


Chadecoen

Have request for you:

Would like some measurements on fence?
What is size (L x W x steel thickness) of the front rectangular tube used by fence?
What size (L x W) is the square tube supporting the aluminum fence?
What are the long and short side lengths of the aluminum fence rail?

Can you also post a picture of the underside of the fence head that rests on the rectangular fence rail, to show the glide pads?

Thanks in advance!

FWIW: The Master-Rip fence provided by Harvey has the Hi/Lo, and sliding fence bar; safety features required on European table saws. It appears to be a cross between Biesemeyer T-Square and discontinued Delta UniFence. Would be nice to have new Unifence sold in US market. If the dimensions are compatible with standard biesemeyer rails, might try ordering one?

Thanks for sharing, best luck with new tool/toy!

- CaptainKlutz


Have you had a chance to decide how you feel about the fence yet?

- controlfreak

Thanks y’all, sorry I haven’t had a chance to fool with it more. I got as far as aligning the blade and fence and had other obligations pop up keeping me out of the garage.

I did stumble on bora PM-1100 mobile bases at the home depot for $35 bucks each. Ordered two for delivery but so must have a gazillion other folks cause they went on back order pretty quick so who knows if I’ll actually get them.

I had contacted Harvey via email about the miter and measuring tape. Numerous calls at various times a day throughout the week never got answered. Says vm is full so can’t leave a message. I did finally email the marketing rep I originally spoke with and got a prompt response that he’d copied another dept and I should hear back. That was few days ago, no response yet. Trying not to be discouraged as they might not have anyone working right now either. Just hoping it isn’t their usual way of handling questions.

Fence – I’ll try and get some more measurements and pics of the fence for ya.

From a build and assembly perspective I’m still convinced it’s a whole lot of very stout saw for the money. Can’t wait to actually use it though

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