Excecpt for the outfeed table, it's together...
I don't know what it is they use at that factory to serve as ersatz
cosmoline, but it works and it's great that WD 40 dissolves it on contact.
With that said, it's also great that the parts and lieces are packed
together in a really sensible manner! Kudos to Orion / Craftsman on this
point! It made assembly of the model #22124 saw so much easier!
A Word of Warning, though... the instructions do indeed state (quite
clearly, in fact) that it's a two-person job to hang the cast iron wings. I
did it alone -- both of them! -- but it took its toll from me -- those
suckers _are_ heavy and holding them up while lining up those bolts to
thread into the main table is just not an easy task.. IF you have the
stubborn determination to do it yourself, then just know that it's possible
(but it would be a whole lot easier and likely more fun to have a buddy
Once the wings were attached, the rest of the assembly actually went along
rather well. The book is pretty much clear and straightforward (something
that actually surprised me)!
The greatest areas of growls came from the part where I began to install the
Biessemeyer fence. Either someone in the tech writing department at Sears
***OR*** someone up the street from me at the Biessemeyer offices had darned
well better get there act(s) together and decide just exactly where some
certain holes should be in order to line up with the instructions!
I suspect the Biessemeyer people are to blame on this point.
Afterall, my fence was (quite obviously!) packaged up and delivered
(How the heck else would one explain three separate places on three separate
major pieces where the cream-colored paint was sort of mooshed into a
(now-dried) puddle next to a bare metal spot that obviously should have had
some paint on it?)
Also, there really is far too much factory paint in the pre-drilled holes
that cause too many minor uh... adjustments (yeah! that's the word!) to be
necessary. There is also the Groan! about the instructions where they call
for the "notch" in the front mounting rail (bar or whatever you want to call
the thing that supports to "tube").
You see, the instructions say that the "notch" is supposed to line up with
the right-hand side of the saw blade. Well, ain't that just the sweetest
thing ever?!?!! If it is supposed to line up the way the writer says, then
the folks at Biessemeyer need to learn how to drill holes just a wee bit
Hey! the whole thing really IS close (within a few fractions of millimeters
or so) but nonetheless so bloody far off per the instructions that you might
think you're going bonkers trying to do it "right"!! But hang on! These
gripes I'm expressing are more than likely isolated to just one day at the
paint booth rather than pandemic. At least I hope so (but I doubt it and
Biessemeyer better wake up PDQ.
This saw is nothing like the "crapsman" of the recent past!!!! It IS
(Hell, it's better than sweet -- It has to be -- my wife gave me mine for
Once the minor "items" were settled out and I plugged it in and turned it on
for the first time. I thought I heard the --- well I know I'm silly but it
might have been -- the Brandenburg Concerto.
That motor is solid and almost quiet! The blade just whisks the air rather
than chop at it. The miter guides and stuff are downright FUN to play with
until you figure out when you'll need / use any one of the oh-so-many
variables to pick from/
Oh yeah. The CUT of the blade -- and the accuracy of the angle??? ... Dead
ON and eat-your-heart-out-accurate. I hope to never hear from those Ryobi BT
3x wonk-heads who think that toy even comes close: it doesn't. I know --
Wrong begins with Dubya ~!~
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