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    Alan DuBoff is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Yates-American G-89 whirling to life...with chutzpah to spare...

    As many others, I had wanted an older table saw, 'ya know...one with chutzpah, and I think this rates pretty good on the chutzpah scale.

    I've been using a Ridgid 3612 contractors saw for the past year+, and I'll have to say it's been very good to me. I was able to accomplish quite a bit with it, and it helped me get my feet wet into woodworking once again, after a long haitus with it some years ago.

    The 3612 was a 1 1/2 HP saw, and the G-89 is a 5 HP 3 Phase machine.

    The 3612 was a 10" blade, the G-89 will take an 18" blade, but the manufacture only reccomended using a 16" blade on it. I have a couple 16" blades, and some 14" 24T rip blades which I'll use for ripping.

    It was quite a bit of work to get 3 phase working in my garage, which I have a rotary phase converter for, as well as get the machine together and whirling, and I mean the 16" blade really throws some wind around. This saw takes a minute and a half to stop spinning down after the power is shut off. It is a real quality machine in all counts, and will serve me for many years to come. I can't imagine replacing this machine, unless I was to find a slider of similar quality.

    I haven't worked out the splitter/riving-knife, and still need to get a functional guard working. I may replace the fence also, haven't decided yet.

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    Wow Allan, that is some upgrade!!

    So do you need to put a fence and extentions etc on it?

    Cheers!
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    Stu,

    I don't know yet. The fence that is on it is very heavy, as was the original guard. Lee Styron is working with me to create the splitter/knife and guard. It will attach to the stock post and crossmember.

    I was thinking of mounting a beismeyer or similar (maybe a accufence or Xacto, General, HTC, Incra, etc...), as they seem easier to adjust...in fact, I was looking at my Ridgid fence thinking it would make a decent fence for the G-89...

    Right now the stock fence is good on the right side, if I move it to the left side of the blade it's out quite a bit, so the front rail might not be dialed in properly for both sides.

    I have the table dialed into the miter slots, and the fence dialed in on the right side of the blade. Problem is that it's right tilt, so I could need to use the fence on the left side of the blade to rip bevels. I haven't done too much of that though, I mostly rip at 90 degrees.

    This has so much power, it is amazing in comparison...The 3612 is a very capable saw though, I was very happy with it. This saw takes me into a complete different class of machine though.

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    That's an impressive saw Alan. I doubt there's much that saw won't cut. 16" blade...WOW!

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    Ya, finally got that 'little' saw going huh?

    Anxious to see it completed and photos. I know your happy. I always have a big grin when they come to life.
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    Ed,

    Those 16" blades are so massive in comparison to a 10" blade, the difference is astounding.

    I put my contractor saw on craigslist and already have a buyer.

    Jeff, this project has taken a while, as it required getting the garage wired properly for 240v, as well as the rotary phase converter. Roger Van Maren had helped me with the wiring on the starter/switch. When I get the new guard for it, with splitter/knife, it will pretty much be complete, although it's gonna be my only table saw after tonight.

    I'm on the fence about another fence... will use it with the stock fence and see how it goes. Rips like a hot knife through butter.

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    Alan how about some more pics ?? The top & blade look great but more interesting pics are to be had I'm sure.
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    nice saw alan! but even nicer is 3-phase your shop will never be the same now that you have the ability to power "big" stuff...congratulations on both! tod
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    16"-18" blade . You could use it for resawing.. I need to get over to California and pick up my Ollie, before the guys storing it sells it on me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bart Leetch View Post
    Alan how about some more pics ?? The top & blade look great but more interesting pics are to be had I'm sure.
    There's a bunch of pics floating around...

    There's some pics on my owwm.com page.

    There's also a couple different pages on my own website:

    http://www.softorchestra.com/woodwor...ates-american/

    http://www.softorchestra.com/woodworking/tools/ya-g89/

    Tod, having 3 phase opens up a giant door to machines, at less cost in most cases as they can't be used by most home shops due to converters and/or having 3 phase in a commercial environment.

    Don, Ollies are nice, I'm sure when the time is right you'll get it and use it. I was trying to get an Ollie 88D not long ago, what a beast. It had a sliding table, dual arbor, what a machine...was trying to trade 250 bf. of hard maple to a school for it, but the woodshop teacher decided to go with another offer. Ollies are nice, one of the saws I cut my teeth on as a kid. This G-89 is not disappointing in any way.

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