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Default It was like Christmas Morning....

And all through the wood shop... All was quiet except clanking, groaning and wrenching.

My saw delivery was pending to be delivered between 12pm and 4pm. I had to go to the VA for 9:30am appointment for my yearly physical. Sharon stayed home, just in case I the delivery was before I got back. I gave her instructions on what to look for for damage.

I got home and there were the shipping cases in my driveway. I was excited. As I walked around to the back, I started getting a bit anxious as I noticed fork marks through the case. I asked Sharon if she noted those on the delivery. She thought those were handholds. Took pictures. Took the shipping container apart...

Luckily there was no damage. Forks went through. But that was a side where parts boxes were. So everything was far away from where the forks went through.

Unpacking and assembly was an adventure. I probably should have waited to borrow a cherry picker from Greg... But I didn't. I used straps under each leg and walked the half-ton saw off the pallet onto my pallet jack, then moved the saw on the pallet jack into the shop. During assembly, I had Sharon help me set the sliding table into place. I keep trying to ignore that I have a bad back. Heavy I can deal with (mostly), but along with being heavy, It is just too long and awkward for anyone to get set on there accurately on their own. You know I looked at the machine tag this morning. It says the machine weight is 365kg. I'm thinking that is just the base sysem. The bill of laiding said with everything that shipped in this order, it was over 1100 pounds. Lagune says the base saw without options is 1056 pounds.

I am ecstatic. It is together and tuned in. I'm sure I'll tune it in more later as I go.

Then I had to get some DC going initially to take care of the saw. Initially, I set up a manifold, which I have hoses coming from. It's sitting on my shop floor taking up space, but it is working for now.

I'm already thinking I need to move my RAS back towards the garage door so that I can move the table saw further in. Once I do that, I could move my MIG welder, oxy/acet, tanks, thickness planer and DC unit back. That would give Sharon more room for the laundry, me more winter room and the ability to move some of that outside in the summer when I'm working.

The 48" fence is tight in my shop. I ordered it, but isn't due until the rest of the order gets here in 2 to 2-1/2 months. Can't wait. Otis was right, I should have waited to get it all at once. I guess I can just appreciate it more now.

I'll write a review on it next week.

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That's great Mike!! Glad there was no damage. Speaking of taking pictures--can you post a few??

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That's great Mike!! Glad there was no damage. Speaking of taking pictures--can you post a few??

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I can't honestly say there was "no" damage... but everything was minor and acceptable.

I took pictures. They started a trouble ticket and were going to send things out for it. But I stopped the tech and told him what "I" wanted to do to make my own repairs... and he has compensated me well for doing so. Heck, I have skills and could probably do a better job and it's all done now (already). He was going to send me out a clip-on table and extension table, but those were already in my order. I settled on some of their spendee blades, a different kind of flip stop and some spare parts. They're even sending out touch-up paint.

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Explanation of / key to pic's:

Pic's 1-4. is the saw. Pic 1, I had to back up 1/3 into the driveway to get it all. It's a monster. Pic 4, you can see the rip fence and guide rail. That guide rail, manual says use 2 people to mount. It feels like about 80 pounds. See the main part of that rip fence (blackish-dark gray)? That is cast/machined cast iron... and weights more. The fence extrusion is 43-1/2". With that 48" crosscut fence, the saw is 110" wide. The sliding table is 66" long and total effective slide (stock) is 46" if you are scoring and 53" with a 12" blade. A bit more if you used a 10 blade or remounted the crosscut fence further back than stock.

Pic 5. I drilled and tapped new holes for the rear sliding table stop...

Pic 6. This is where the rear manual slide catch is. Release the catch and the table is supposed to go back further... But where the stop was, it only let the table go back another 3/8"... With where is "was" or with the table all the way forward, I couldn't change the main blade without putting the arbor down a couple inches (about where the arbor locking pin was at it's full reach). I could quickly see that this was going to be a problem when I went to put a dado on. So I moved the rear stop back until the front of table was even with the rear of the blade insert (9'back). Result? Look at the next 3 pic's.

Pic's 7-9. This is how far back the table will now go to change a blade. The slide stop still stops at the position at Pic 5... then you reach under the slide and release it and slide the table back to the slide stop. Now look at Pic 9. Their tech tried to tell me that that wasn't possible. That you couldn't mount the split scoring blades set with a 12" blade mounted... I can assure you there is plenty room there. (With a hair over 3-1/2" cutting depth!)

Pic 10. Is the main power panel. Main power is the big turn switch. Start and stop buttons for "power" to the selected motors. Small switch for the scorer. Main blade can turn on alone or both the main and the scorer. Main blade has to be selected for the scorer to come on. Emergency button cuts all. Another Emergency button on the right front.

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Congrats Mike, but I do have to say that looks like a lot of saw for the space you have it in.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Glad to see that the saw finally arrived, Mike.

Now the fun really starts.......

Pity about the wait for the rest of the 'bits'.

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Congrats Mike, but I do have to say that looks like a lot of saw for the space you have it in.
Thank you. I always said things were tight in my garage. Yes, I still have some shifting and moving around to do. Sharon was pondering if she wanted to sell her Wolfe Sun Bed. I grinned but didn't let on how much that would help me... She doesn't want to use it because it sucks up power big-time. But she is still attached to it. That would free up a whole lot of room!!!

I said in my last thread, if I moved my radial arm saw and moved my saw back to where that is... Then maybe I can also move my 250amp MIG (cart w/ 2 bottles), oxy/acet. welding tanks, thickness planer... That way, if there is good weather, they would be on the door side of the saw to move them out into the driveway. (Then if I had a carport....)

Also in there (besides many tool boxes and a generator) is a frig, 2 deep freezers, a washer, a dryer, the spare range (functional). The spare oven comes in handy when we make berry and apple pies a dozen at a time.

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Mike, saw looks/sounds great.

On a SAFETY note, do I see a propane tank in your garage?

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Mike, that is an awesome saw! I've never seen a saw with two blades like that. What's it's purpose?
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