Maybe I'm crazy, but I need to find a solution...
First, the potentially silly question: Has anyone tried modifying a
contractor saw to change it to a configuration more like a hybrid saw.
Specifically, I'm thinking of enlarging one side of the base to accommodate
the motor which would be relocated within it. This could be accomplished by
modifying current parts or getting a hold of stock parts from a hybrid and
"making it work".
My problem is the shop space is facing a dramatic reduction in size (read:
wife wants to park car in garage on a regular basis). My table saw has a 50"
fence and can't be relocated within the garage. So, that extra foot or so
hanging out the back of the basically six foot long unit is eating into
For reference, my saw is essentially a General 50-175 (manufactured for
another brand). I'm wondering if anyone has attempted this modification or
has any ideas how to go about it.
Other options considered but not feasible were:
1. Cutting down fence rails and aux table to fit in smaller space elsewhere
in the garage - I don't want to lose this capability and the space savings
would be minimal at best.
2. Selling current saw and buying newer hybrid/cabinet saw - The current saw
is too new to justify it and the "accountant" wouldn't allow it anyway.
3. Enlarging garage - not enough space on lot; also see "accountant" reason
Thanks in advance, and please try not to spread the sarcasm to thick - I
wouldn't be asking if you guys weren't such a creative bunch.....