Got a phone call from a good friend the other day. He is a member of the forum and had been watching this thread which is what prompted the call.
We had a good discussion about some issues in regard to changing blades on the large 17" saws that we both have a copy of. The end result of the discussion was that a second saw really is not needed. My wife was glad that he called by the way.
After some reviews of what is required to change blades and all we came to the conclusion that a blade change should be done much easier than what I had been doing. So, I'm going to do some practice at what we discussed and see if I can change blades a bit easier.
Changing blades of the same width is not an issue, it's when I have to go from a blade of one width to a blade of a different width that has been the issue as I have been taking the table off of the saw in order to set the lower thrust bearing to match the difference in the blades. I'm going to see if this adjustment can be done without taking the table off of the saw. I should say, I want to see if I can find an easy way to make that adjustment without removing the heavy table.
Does anybody want to speak to their experience at what I'm talking about?
The next issue would be that of going from a set up using a blade stabilizer to a blade that needs the guide bearings to be reset after they had been backed off when using the stabilizer. Setting the lower bearings may not be quite as easy, but will have to see.
Again, any comments?