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Another Day Out

Following on from a recent trip down to Plymouth to purchase a pillar drill; I spent Friday driving around the southern counties of Wiltshire and Hampshire, after winning an Elektra Beckum PK200 table saw [now branded Metabo] in an eBay auction (I had a few other items to drop off while I was down there.).

While I am officially breaking my own rules by introducing a table saw in to the setup of my current workshop, I must stress that I only expect to use this saw occasionally. I still like using my large bandsaw to rip solid wood roughly to size before planing. This new saw will be used to cut sheet materials accurately and cleanly to finished size (something I’ve always struggled with in the past). As I’m sure I’ve said before; I really don’t think there is a more efficient way to work with sheet materials. Even a decent plunge saw and guide rail setup will only really be of use for the initial down-sizing of a larger sheet. Speed-wise, it cannot compete with the efficiency of a half-decent table saw with a fence setup for repeat cuts.

What I have got here is essentially the basic unit of this saw, which would ordinarily cost £400 brand-new today – I payed only £52, plus the cost of travel! 😎 At some point, I will look to add the width extension to this setup although, I think you also have to buy the base attachment rails before you can physically add any of the accessories to the machine… 😛 I don’t think I’ll be splashing out on the sliding table – I don’t have the space and I plan to make a simple sled, anyway. I see no attraction in the length extension, either, since it doesn’t seem to offer any support to the offcut to the left of the blade…?!

As for getting it off my workbench (!) and keeping it clear of the floor, I intend to build my own cabinet stand from MR MDF, rather than to pay over £100 for a pair of folding legs. Something straight-forward so that it can be wheeled out easily, like this:

There’s an irony to all this, in that one of the items I was dropping off in Wiltshire, first thing, was a large toolbox chest, which I had sold in order to free up space… Guess where my table saw is going?! 🙄 😀 I haven’t yet decided how I’m going to hang my blades as the collection grows… While I do like the Blade Hold design, I seem to remember that they are quite expensive? Must remember to drop them an e-mail.

In the drawing above, you’ll have to appreciate that it still needs four castors underneath and, with the saw on its own standing at 330mm tall, I’ve designed this so that it’s working height should be about 5mm clear of my workbench. I don’t let to set things ‘flush’, in a space where the floor is far from level or even. But, as I said earlier; I think it will get most of its use on the driveway, ripping up sheet materials with an roller positioned for outfeed support.

It can’t stay where it is right now, for much longer. Even though, I do have someone coming to collect my old pillar drill this afternoon! 😀

One of the reasons that I got this saw at about one-eighth of its current full value is because the seller had been experiencing some problems with this saw; most likely, it was something to do with the motor. A brief search for “PK200” on the UKworkshop forum will tell you there is a history of motor ‘issues‘ with this model. I had some trouble getting it started on Friday night but, since then, it’s been performing a lot better. Click here for more details and a four-minute video on the Wood Haven forum. So, I’m almost at a loss to understand why the seller felt he had to replace this with a brand-new model…

I’ve already checked the brushes and there appears to be plenty of carbon left:

You first need to tilt the blade to 45°.

In fact, I spent most of yesterday morning (in what felt like Wintry conditions! :?) giving the insides of my new saw a good and thorough clean. Getting all the old pitch, resin and rock-hard sawdust off wasn’t easy though, I highly recommend CMT’s blade and bit cleaner [I’m sure it used to be much cheaper?! :shock:]. Whenever you buy a used machine, you want to make sure that any gears and cogs are clear of sawdust for optimum performance and easy operation:

These cogs function the blade rise and fall.

You see, when a saw like this is used on-site – and, most probably, without the aid of dust extraction – fine dust and wood waste can get just about everywhere!

There is an “emergency stop” cover missing from the front of this NVR switch. It would be cheap enough to replace, if not for the cost of postage, which virtually doubles the cost! If I end up requiring anything larger from Metabo, I may add it to my basket. In the mean, I’ll try to fabricate something from scraps of ply, rare earth magnets and some old hinge.

As far as the journey went, I arrived at my first destination in Wiltshire without any trouble (…well, I had been there several times before! ;-)) and, even when I realised I was driving away towards Devizes instead of Salisbury, I still managed to find my way and reach Ringwood (Hampshire – where I collected the saw) within Google Maps’ designated ninety-minutes! 😎 Travelling along the M27 to Romsey was a piece of cake. My reason for stopping off here was that Bob [9fingers on UKW] had very kindly offered to look at the motor I recently destroyed on my Hegner HSM disc sander…

Did I not mention that? 😳 There’s more info., here, on The Wood Haven. That’s why my sander is currently in the following state:

Disc sander with a difference!!

I still cannot thank Bob enough for his assistance and we both have our fingers crossed for a successful outcome! I’m also grateful for the tour of both his workshops (wood and metal). Trust me; the man has a solution for everything!! 🙂

After that stop, I was running a bit late […Bob likes to chat! ;-)] for my trip up to Andover to meet David Stephenson; a young furniture maker with his own workshop who’s been “stalking” me on Facebook for the last eighteen-months or so! 😀 His workshop’s in a great little environment; surrounded by multiple other crafts with frequent visitors to the site and his workshop. But, like so many of us; he hasn’t yet solved the puzzle of timber storage!!

I do admit to getting lost somewhere between Romsey and Andover – all I know is that I ended up driving the wrong way for about twenty-minutes! Things weren’t helped when I realised there were roadworks surrounding my destination in Weyhill. Even with all the signs for diversions, I couldn’t quite find where I was looking for. At least the drive back, up through Marlborough and on to the M4, was straight-forward. Though, there was a backlog of traffic through this village and also leading up to the motorway junction, which didn’t help. 😦

I do wonder whether it would be worth investing in a SatNav at some point, if I only so that I can find out where I am when I do get lost… Google Maps print-outs don’t always give you this information, unless you print lots of them and in various scales. Perhaps I just need a compass – or, at the very least; a decent road map!! 🙄

Sometime next week, I intend to take a glance over some of the main features of this saw, as it is in its most simplest form – stay tuned for that!

Thanks for reading.

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4 responses to “Another Day Out

  1. big soft moose 27/09/2010 at 21:46

    I always take the “emergency stop” front covers off my/our NVRs, as I dont like them and IMo they just get in the way – consequently we probably have several knocking about, so if you remind me of your address(by email) I’ll send you whichever i can find

    • Olly Parry-Jones 28/09/2010 at 08:34

      Thanks for the offer, Pete.

      However, I fee like having a go at making something like this, which looks as though it allows you to push the green button without having to lift the ‘paddle’. I’ll attach it either with a few rare earth magnets or, if that doesn’t work, I’ll have to bolt it through.

      Olly.

  2. Dane 18/01/2011 at 14:58

    Heard of the EurekaZone system? I’m not a shill but am a recent convert – I hope. It is intended to be a table saw replacement. Time will tell if that’s true for me…!

    • Olly Parry-Jones 18/01/2011 at 17:26

      Hi Dan,

      Thanks for your message.

      Yes, I have seen various bits and pieces on the Eureka Zone/EZ Smart system. While it has some interesting ideas and I do believe it could be a good solution when working with sheet materials on your own, for general ripping of solid wood, it just seems less efficient than a table saw or bandsaw… Perhaps I’m missing something. I also know that there have been some problems getting hold of this over here in the UK but, I’d rather stear clear of that subject, which has caused several heated “discussions” on UK forums, in the past!! 😯 😉

      Olly.

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