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I ordered a new table saw last week, and Sears informed me that it would be available for pickup in two weeks. So I was surprised to get a call yesterday informing me that the saw was ready, a week early! Weekend plans out the door, I picked it up - with the help of a couple of husky clerks - and brought it home. That sucker weighs over 300 lbs! As anyone who has dealt with Sears knows, "some assembly required..." I assembled the beast, aided by a large volume of beer, as instructed by the manual. All went well until the part where I'm supposed to turn it over; the instruction, quite reasonably, start with the unit upside down until the legs are assembled. What to do? Its 300+ lbs versus my 135 lbs. It's an easy call as to which of us will win the gravity game.
I tried levers, I thought about using a cable puller attached to the roof beams, but none quite fit. After an hour or so of fiddling with different ways to improve my leverage, I remembered a useless piece of kit I bought last year to move a pair of engines for a 1936 Ford, then put away for lack of any other purpose:
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I like Craftsman, always have. My old saw is a rusty old beast I bought used a couple of decades ago, and since one of the next projects I want to tackle is new kitchen cabinets, I needed something that cuts accurately and smoothly. The old one was good enough for building fences, but cabinetry requires a little more precision.
Last week I got my lady a 29' travel trailer for her to make into an office. At $400 it was a steal, even though a couple of spots on the floor are rotted out. She's been ripping cabinets and beds out of it this week, so we can get to the floor today, so I've loaded up the old saw on the trailer to take up to her place today. She's going to need one, I think, and she's wanted one for a long time.
You wouldn't happen to know a source of cheap trailer jacks, would you Mike? We want to get the wheels off the ground so they don't rot, and county regulations won't let us permanently install the thing. It's about 5,000 lbs, 29' long, with two I-beams underneath it running lengthwise...
Last week I got my lady a 29' travel trailer for her to make into an office. At $400 it was a steal
Damn hope you don't get arrested?
Coincidentally a friend of mine was given a 34' camper in excellent condition, with a roll out living room.
Roger Wright wrote:
I've loaded up the old saw on the trailer to take up to her place today. She's going to need one, I think, and she's wanted one for a long time.
Now that's a true girl friend, one that tackles that todo list herself instead of expecting you to do it. That leaves you to the more important projects like drinking bear and watching football.
Roger Wright wrote:
You wouldn't happen to know a source of cheap trailer jacks
No can't help you there I've never had occasion to need them. Do you plan on putting a strapping solution on it with all the wind y'all have out there? I don't think the straps and earth bolts, or whatever they call them cost a lot and might save it from rolling. Just a thought!
Roger, that's a mighty fine saw you've got there. I hope it works as well as it looks. Your dad's advice was correct. I have some 30 power tools of various types and I've standardised on Festool now. As they say, if you buy cheap, you buy twice; the first outlay to appreciate you made the wrong decision and the second outlay to let you know you should have done it right first time.
It must be nice to have that sort of space around your home. What's this gravity malarkey you refer to? Is it something we need to know about?
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Sadly, I do not have enough space around the home, but with enough pushing and shoving, I can usually make room for any project. That makes nearly everything take about twice as long as it should, but it's worth it. As long as I can keep the good stuff out of the weather, I'm happy. And when I need the room, I push the good stuff outside - since the weather is rarely a problem here - and carry on.
By the way, gravity is the only reason I need a ladder...