Well, I'm happy to see that General Tools will soon be producing a line of
lowered woodworking machinery suitable for individuals in wheelchairs,
people who like to sit, or who happen to be of lowered stature. As far as I
know, they're the only company in North America who will be mass producing
woodworking machinery of this type. It's about time. Eventually, I would've
bought a 650 tablesaw, now it will be an AC650 tablesaw suitable for use
from my wheelchair.
Wed, Nov 28, 2007, 2:49pm email@example.com (Upscale) doth sayeth:
Well, I'm happy to see that General Tools will soon be producing a line
of lowered woodworking machinery suitable for individuals in
wheelchairs, people who like to sit, or who happen to be of lowered
stature. As far as I know, they're the only company in North America who
will be mass producing woodworking machinery of this type. It's about
My joints give me seven kinds of Hell if I stand in one position
for long. So my router table, planer, and scrollsaw, are at heights
where I can sit using them; I do tend to use those for longer periods.
I don't usually use the bandsaw for more than just a cut or three, so
it's at standup height - for now. Same with the drill press. My bench
saw is on a stand at standup height, but don't use that for extended
periods. Same with the wood lathe - altho I've ben thinking about a
tall stool for chair for that - but may just chop the stand shorter.
Any tool stands in my shop are made by me - from sheet plywood.
They're strong, light, steady, and inexpensive. I can make them any
height I want, and if the height is not right, I don't hesitate to make
changes. The lathe stand is 3/4" plywood (I think), and doesn't
vibrate, wobble, or move around. And cost probably around $10 to make..
You'll never get anywhere if you believe what you "hear". What do you
- Granny Weatherwax
As with most of the machine tools I use. My current tablesaw is a
contractor's version so it was just a matter of cutting a few inches off
each leg of the stand. However, for the longest time I've been wanting a
General cabinet saw. Regular discussions with General both online and at
trade shows about lowering one of their cabinet saws have been frequent. My
biggest complaint was that doing a height change on a cabinet would likely
void any warranty a new saw would have. Not now.
And, let's face it. Aside from the cost of retooling some less important
parts of their production line, it will be a win, win act for them. It makes
them look good. They will be at the forefront of the industry leaders in
this area ( at least when it come to the mass producing part), and there is
an existing under developed market for them to sell to. I can't envision
much of a downside to this.
Lastly, considering the age and condition of many of the people in this
newgroup (me included), machinery of this type will make it less
uncomfortable to continue with our woodworking hobbies. If or when I can't
do my woodworking, I better have something equally interesting to replace it
or I won't have much incentive to go on.
Thu, Nov 29, 2007, 1:32am firstname.lastname@example.org (Upscale) doth sayeth:
<snip> My biggest complaint was that doing a height change on a cabinet
would likely void any warranty a new saw would have. Not now. <snip>
If or when I can't do my woodworking, I better have something equally
interesting to replace it or I won't have much incentive to go on.
Huh. Never thought about voiding a warranty. I don't have much
faith in warranties anyway.
That's OK, when you get too senile to do anything else, you qualify
to go into politics.
Even Popeye didn't eat his spinach until he had to.
Well, I have to admit that I've benefited from them several times. (after
I've jumped through all the hoops involved in getting warranty service). As
far as a table saw goes though, a warranty is just a little more piece of
mind for a relatively expensive purchase. And, we have seen the occasional
comment here about cracked trunions.
OneWay lathe maker has a NEW! sit down version of their various
Not sure how a joiner could be used from a chair but I know of
several folks who do it from a wheel chair. Wheelchair folks
are a very creative lot - at least the ones who sees challenges
as good things - just like some of us "other people".
Most of my power tools that require SEEING where the cut
is going to be made are all set up high - stock surface at
sternum height or higher. The drill press table is at about
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