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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Table Saw Recommendations
« Reply #30 on: July 27, 2019, 09:19 AM »
"I don't have an automatic chair, so I have to roll the wheels myself.  I have used just one hand to roll the chair. 
It is a very slow process because when just one wheel is rolled, the chair goes in the opposite direction generally."

I read this and thought "Is there a way to link the two wheels together so force applied to one is transferred to the other wheel?"

Then I thought what about a shaft with a small wheel that contacted each of the chair wheels that could be engaged/disengaged as needed to allow for one-handed operation (patent pending  [smile] ). Sort of like the way you can lock an axle differential so both wheels turn together with no slip.
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Offline SonOfMI

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Re: Table Saw Recommendations
« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2019, 06:56 PM »
The Bosch 4100 is the winner.  With all of the woodworking stores here plus several Lowes and Home Depot I was able to compare a bunch of DeWalt saws, the Bosch 4100 and the SawStop jobsite as well as contractor saws.  DeWalt has that slick fence, but I could not find a single one that had a flat top.  Every Bosch saw i checked had not only a flat top, but each was also setup spot on for miter slots to blade, miter gauge perpendicular to blade, and fence parallel to blade.  The same can be said for the SawStop saws.  The Bosch saw came with a stand that when it was collapsed and laid on the ground, put the saw at the perfect height for me to work with it.  If ~ 10 display models from DeWalt do not have flat tops, I'm not about to put money on them to have a flat top should I purchase one of their products.  I skipped the SawStop because I just cannot talk myself into dropping at least twice as much on them.  So I printed out a 25% off coupon Harbor Freight emailed me just before I made my decision and picked up a Bosch 4100 from Lowes.  I know Peachtree Woodworking sells Bosch products including the 4100 saw, but they won't accept Harbor Freight coupons plus I've had a hard time buying from them since I spent some time talking with David Keller on his dovetail jig vs Peachtree and their dovetail wiz. 

After I unboxed the saw I found the top to be flat as well as the setup to be spot on.  I was quite impressed.  I've had to make no adjustments to the fence, miter gauge, table, or trunnion.  I can't say the same for my Grizzly.  Assembling the stand was quite entertaining, but I'm still getting used to doing things at a much slower pace.  I've been working on building a base set of jigs I make for my saws then will build one of my custom MFT...with a thanks to Peter Parfitt for the tools to make a super accurate hole pattern and another thanks to TSO Products for selling his stuff on this side of the ocean plus their other super helpful tools.

I am looking into the Jessem guides, but have not made a decision on them just yet as I'm still seeing how they would merge/assist with my work flow. 

Thanks to those who contributed ideas and suggestions.

If you're interested, my therapy has progressed to using a walker which I've taken up pretty well.  So well in fact that I no longer use the parallel bars to stand or walk and I've been walking some at home with the walker.

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Table Saw Recommendations
« Reply #32 on: July 27, 2019, 11:32 PM »
Congrats on pulling the trigger on a saw. I know that you will be happy to make some sawdust again! Even bigger congratulations on the progress, that’s fantastic! Keep it up!

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Table Saw Recommendations
« Reply #33 on: July 28, 2019, 07:38 AM »
"If you're interested, my therapy has progressed to using a walker which I've taken up pretty well.  So well in fact that I no longer use the parallel bars to stand or walk and I've been walking some at home with the walker. "

Happy to hear you are making progress in regaining mobility.

When you started this thread I searched through all the digital copies of WWing mags I have and could find nothing that dealt with adapting a shop to deal with mobility issues. So I wrote to Woodsmith and suggested they do some articles on the subject. Their reply was that they have been thinking along those same lines and have something coming in the near future. They didn't say when but at least they are working on it. So maybe some of the others will pick up on it and include articles in their future issues from time to time. Probably wouldn't hurt if others here were to write them (as in any of the Woodworking mags) and suggest they cover the topic.
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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Table Saw Recommendations
« Reply #34 on: July 28, 2019, 10:34 AM »
 I have read a few articles on woodworking for or about people with disabilities. Fine Woodworking if my memory is correct. WOOD magazine:

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Table Saw Recommendations
« Reply #35 on: July 28, 2019, 11:24 AM »
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 plus I've had a hard time buying from them since I spent some time talking with David Keller on his dovetail jig vs Peachtree and their dovetail wiz. 


The PT's cheapo version did have an impact on Keller's sales. The last time I saw them both at the same tradeshow, after demo, quite a number of shoppers took PT's dovetail jigs. I think Keller later also had to release a cheaper option to counter.
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