A BIG MACHINE FOR A LITTLE LADY
Faced with a heavy task, the "Router Lady" used brains over brawn.
SHOP OWNER: Carol Reed
LOCATION: Ramona, CA
Finally, my piggy bank was fat enough and the day came when the new Grizzly oscillating drum sander that I ordered had finally arrived - all 360 pounds of it! What was one weak-backed little woodworking gal to do? The truck driver wanted $35 to get it off his truck but I was ready for him.
My brother made a pair of slip-on forks for me for the bucket of the front-end loader on my tractor. They sure saved me some money too!
The crate was way too big and heavy to handle alone, so what to do? First, I called a friend. His back is as bad as mine is, but someone had to survive to call 911! Now, we got clever and transferred the box to a wheeled cart to make transporting much easier.
Next, we stripped the box. One tug on the sanderís top to get it loose from the Styrofoam quickly showed us that wily, devious, clever, and smart would have to take the place of brute force.
So, we hung a come-along to the ceiling joists and cranked the top out of the Styrofoam.
A sturdy C-clamp hooked to the come-along did the job. The next thing was to cart it out of our way.
Since I wanted the sander on a mobile base, and didnít need to deal with this well over 100-pound top at this time, we placed it on the wheeled cart and pushed it aside for the moment. The white stuff on the bottom is Styrofoam thatís stuck to the trunnions.
With the mobile base made, we cranked up the base of the sander and slid the mobile base under it.
At this point, things looked good. Now itís on to install the top.
What would we have done without that come-along? I was one happy camper. What? Wait! The wheels on the base were too big! The whole thing is too high. I just hate it when that happens!
Looks like Iíll need to jack the entire sander back up. So, I bolted a big olí U-bolt through a short piece of 2x4. The 2x4 ran across the underside of the top and the U-bolt stuck out of the center hole in the top. It turned out to be balanced quite well when lifted.
With the new, smaller wheels on the mobile base, things are better, but still a trifle high. This was the best I could do without going out and actually buying new wheels. Nevertheless, it Ďs quite workable. Later on if I should have a need for the wheels, which are now under this sander, I'll go buy others and swap them out.
Now, the top had all this gunky cosmolene stuff all over it, which needed removing. You know, thereís nothing like a retired military friend who has dealt with this stuff before!
Paul scraped it all off with a razor blade, then cleaned it with mineral spirits, and finished with a wiping coat of lacquer thinner. Then it was my turn.
Six coats of paste wax, each buffed out in turn. Thereís nothing like an electric buffer for this job. I think I heard Paul mumble something about cheating. I have NO idea what he was mumbling about!
Here it is all ready to use. As you can see from the drum, I have already properly tested it, and I am happy to report it works just fine.
This is a sturdy, well-built, heavy machine. It runs quiet and very smoothly, and I had no fit and finish problems. It sounds and feels very solid and I think itís well worth the money.. . . Carol Reed
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