Friday, May 16, 2014

Setting Up A Grizzly G0691 Table Saw

I've been looking around for a table saw since my first time squaring stock without one.  After some patient waiting, Grizzly finally started their summer sale and i hopped right on it wagon.  I ordered the G0691 for the following reasons
  • 3 HP Leeson motor
  • 82" combined work area.
  • Same fence system used on the Laguna table saw
  • Compatible with the Shop Fox mobile base
  • Comes with both blade guard and riving knife.

Shipping and Packaging

Grizzly shipped the product extremely quick from their Springfield warehouse.  UPS Freight was the carrier.  During shipping, there was some sort of unspecified incident.  After a weeks wait, my boxes arrived!  The UPS delivery crew were nice enough to help me push the boxes up to my garage which is a feat considering we had to push a 400 lb box up a 15 percent incline.

I got to inspecting the packages and noticed damage to one of the box.  But luckily, none of the contents in side was harmed.


The long box the side rails were contained in.  Box was damage during transit.

The saw came in 3 separate packages.

  • Cabinet saw / cast iron tables / blade and accessories
  • Side rails
  • Fence
The cabinet saw has two bolts on the underside that is mounted to the pallet.  So be sure to undo them before trying to lift it off the pallet.  They are on opposite corners.

Cabinet saw with cast iron table.  It came on a pallet.

Fence

Assembly

My wife and I managed to lift the cabinet saw off the pallet and onto the mobile base.  The film on top is a sheet of wax paper with machine oil coating it to protect from rust.
Cabinet Saw


The wax paper was removed and the machine oil was cleaned off using some Pedro's Lime Cleaner.  After cleaning, I used some Johnson Paste wax and covered the surface to prevent rusting.  I like it because it's not greasy like WD40 and it doesn't react with wood such as leaving a stain.


The cabinet saw comes with cast iron wings needing to be attached using 3 hex screws per side.  The cast iron wings are about 60 lbs each if I had to guess.  Since I was installing this alone, I used my Rockwell stands to help assist the placement while I tightened the nuts.  I didn't tighten the screws initially, just enough to bear the weight of the wings.  Afterwards, I used some jointed lumber and clamped them against the cast iron table on the main cabinet first using two clamps, then followed up with clamping the wings.  This was done to ensure the wings were flush flat with the surface of the table.  I got lucky and did not have to shim the space between the wings and the main table surface.  Both sides were installed this way.

Also make sure the wings are equally flushed on both the front and rear edge.

Jointed lumber used to ensure flat surface assembly.

Right side installed completely.  Left side with wing loosely installed.

Both wings installed.
The railing for the fence was also installed with the help of the Rockwell stands.  I love these stands because they have micro height adjustments.  I positioned one stand all the way to the left of the rail and the other one to the right of the rail after I had loosely installed the bolts on the rail on to the cast iron table.

The hardest part installing the rail was making sure that it sat just 3/16 inch below the table top.  Make sure when you tighten the bolt, you tighten from the back side where your nut or bolt is not touching the railing.  This will give you a better chance of none movement of the rails after your final position check.

Position of Rockler stands to help with the install.

After bolts being tightened, alignment check for 3/16 inch below table height.

Another shot of the stand holding the railing.

For the install of the extension table, I once again used the stands set to an arbitrary height.  Once i dropped the table panel in, I did the a preliminary height adjustment to get the bolt holes lined up.  Once those were lined up and bolts/nuts were loosely tightened, I followed up with a final height adjustment to get the table top flush with the cast iron wing.  After thing were flush, the bolts were cranked down.

Position of my stands for the table panel placement.
 Aligning the table panel with the cast iron wing.  I did not use the jointed wood method as before since precision this far back from the blade is not necessary.  But I did use a jointed wood and slid over the crack multiple times to make sure it would not catch in either direction.

Used my long level to give me a rough gauge of being flush

Table top installed and fitted to the mobile extension
The fence install was pretty difficult.  It did not come from the factory with preset alignments.  After I plopped the fence on to the rails, the rail was way off with the outer portion of the fence pointing to the left side of the table by 3/32 width for the run of the table.  Took me a while to get the hang of table adjustment. Basically, for fence adjustment, to pull the fence back straight from a left bias, you need to loosen the right peg on the outer face and tighten the right peg on the inner face of the rails.  You should do it in that order.  The first action gives you a picture of adjustment, and then the second action forces the alignment and also the tightness of the slide of the fence on the rails.
Fence unboxed

Fence post alignment and pulled all the way to the edge of the blade.

Sighting the marker on the ruler.
Installing the riving blade was fun since Grizzly didn't provide enough instructions on it.  The riving blades fits in between these two metal clamps.  The fit is pretty snug from the factory so you might need to adjust the middle hex screw if you were standing from behind the table on the left side of the blade.  A half twist counter or clockwise is enough for this adjustment.  On the right, there is a spring loaded elbow ping that you use for the locking and unlocking for the riving blade or blade guard.

To install the riving blade, pull the elbow to the right and towards you to have it held in unlocked position.  Push the riving blades between the two clamps.  Then push the elbow pin away and let it retract into the riving blade assembly.

Just do the oppose for uninstalling.

Riving blade holding assembly. 

Closeup shot of the spring loaded elbow pin.

Blade guard installed.
With everything done and cleaned off.


Mobile Base

It took me a while to gather this information.  So this might benefit some one out there looking for the same topic.  The mobile base is a Shop Fox D2057A and D2259A extension kit.  You really want to get them together because when you are putting D2057A together, one side of the base consist of a bar from the extension kit.  If you wanted to upgrade later, it would be a nightmare because you would need to lift the cabinet out of the mobile base before you can begin with the upgrade.