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:-( Table Saw Parts are not Here Yet

I called the company that I ordered the parts for my table saw and then have not arrived or even gotten a ship date for them yet – bummer. 

I am going to give them another week and a half and then if they are not here by then I am going to cancel my order and go with one of the other companies that I found online. 

I really wanted to support a local company but I may not have that option.

Table Saw Parts Are On Order

I finally got the chance to take my abused table saw apart to see what parts needed to be replaced. Basically all of the motor mount pieces need to be replaced since it seemed that the saw landed right on that section as it hit the ground.

After searching the internet high and low I finally found a local company that had the best prices for the parts that I needed to fix my table saw.

The parts that I ordered are:

  • 509491 – Support, Motor Base
  • 818527 – Spring
  • 509494 – Base, Motor
  • 509492 – Insert (Includes Set Screws)
  • 824340-6 – Rail RearAcc

The total for all the parts came to around $125 which put the total cost of the saw at $350. This is still a whole lot cheaper then the $500-$600 original price of the saw. The parts are supposed to be in within the next week or two.

Yeah! I Got a New Table Saw, But I Broke It

Black-and-Decker-table-saw I had been scowering Craigslist for the last few weeks looking for a new table saw. My current saw is no more then 2 years old but it is a beginner’s bench top saw and I have been hitting the limitations of it in the last few projects that I have worked on. The biggest limitation is that the table itself is pretty small compared to a contractor’s saw. In fact in comparing my bench top saw to the new saw the new saw is almost 2 times bigger. This makes a big difference when doing various cuts. The other thing that I really did not like about my bench top saw was the fence, it was never square. Every time I wanted to cut something using the fence I would need to take extra time to make sure it was square and the correct distance from the blade.

rigid-table-saw-TS24241 Over the last few weeks a few Rigid contractors saws had come up on Craigslist and I seemed to miss out on each of them until yesterday. Yesterday I scored a Rigid TS24241 which is a one generation old fixed base contractor’s saw for $225. This saw was at least $500 brand new so this was really a great deal. I picked up the saw without a hitch but the ride home was something else.

NOTE – I write the next part with my head hung in shame. I wouldn’t normally share a huge screw-up like this but I am so that it can hopefully help others to slow down and do things the right way.

Here’s what happened AFTER I picked up the saw…

The guy I picked it up from had it in his truck on it’s side with the front of the saw facing down and the motor facing up. I did not notice if he had the saw strapped down or not. I knew that it was top heavy so it made sense that you would want to keep the center of gravity as low as possible so having it this way instead of standing up seemed to make sense. I pulled my brother-in-law’s truck right up to the back of his truck (tailgate to tailgate) and slid the table over to my truck.

I did not tie it down.

I got out of the parking lot and took my second turn near the freeway and the saw rolled out of the back of the truck and into the road. It scared the hell out of me. I got out and thank God the saw did not hit anyone or any other cars. There I was standing in the middle of the street with a ~300lbs saw that I could move or get into the truck on my own. Fortunately there was a guy across the street at a gas station that saw what happened and ran over to help me get it back in. We both strained to get it back in and this time I put it in with the table down with the legs standing straight up. I collected the various pieces of the saw that broken off or flew out with it and pulled into the gas station to assess the damage.

All told this is what got damaged/broken –

  • The motor mount broke
  • 1 leg got tweaked
  • The rear aluminum rail for the fence got bent on both ends
  • I put a crease in the corner of the cab on my brother-in-laws truck
It was terrible. Here I had just scored a great saw and within 5 minutes of owning it I break it.
 
Once I got home I searched the internet to see if I could find parts for it and luckily I found a couple of different sites to order parts from. All told it is going to be about $70 to fix the saw and an afternoon of sanding/priming/painting to patch the damage to my bro-in-laws truck.
 
The moral of the story is that safety is king even outside of the workshop.

Latest Addition to the Shop – A Delta Jointer

IMG_0090-1 I had been frequenting the Craigslist postings for a jointer over the last few weeks to try and score one for my shop. The jointer is the last big piece of equipment that I needed for my shop (although I wouldn’t mind upgrading a few pieces that I already have). The main reason that I wanted a jointer was due to the experience that I had while building my brother-in-law’s mobile bar. The wood that we had selected were standard 2" x 4"’s and not until later in the project did we discover that they were not consistent in their widths and thus causing us alignment issues. By having a jointer I can still use inexpensive wood but get it cut to where I could avoid the inconsistencies cheap wood can bring.

I had almost purchased a smaller Delta jointer last weekend but then decided against it. It was workbench model (no stand) that was a generation older then the small Jointer that they currently sell at Lowes. While it was only $130 (compared to $220 for the new one at Lowes) I had read that people had not been too happy with this inexpensive jointer. The may thing that people did not like was the fact that fence is difficult to get square. Several folks recommended getting the next step up if you could afford it as it would be a better long term investment and save a lot of frustration. While looking at the $130 unit from Craigslist I could see why people had that issue and decided to wait until a better unit came along.

While looking at Craigslist yesterday I came across a new post for a previous generation jointer that was a step up from the entry level one. It was a Delta 37-190 and the guy selling it was asking $175. I called up and told him I could pick it up that night to which he agreed. When this until was brand new it went for about $475 while the newer version is going for about $400 at Amazon. At his house I discovered that he was selling it because he had bought a bigger and better Jet jointer. He ran a few boards through the one that he was selling to show that it worked and I handed over the money . I loaded my new toy up in my brother-in-law’s truck and took it home.

The one thing that I can say about this jointer is that it is heavy. Amazon lists it at 212lbs and I believe it. From what I have read the heaviness comes from the fact that it is made out of cast iron. This is supposed to make the surfaces more accurate and therefore your cuts come out better. This is one more advantage this jointer has over the smaller Delta model as it is made of aluminum.

Along with the jointer the guy gave me a diamond blade sharpener and a blade alignment jig which was really cool and unexpected. He did mention that the blades needed to be sharpened so It looks like I will need to learn to sharpen and align the blades before I do any cutting. I am looking forward to see what my new toy can do.