I spent the afternoon today with Mohammad Madha helping him pick up his new (barely-used) Grizzly G1023SL tablesaw.
Mohammad lives about an hour south of me, and the tablesaw was about an hour south of him, so after I picked him up, the first order of business was lunch. He treated me to a feast at one of the finer Pakistani restaurants in SoCal. (Sorry, inside joke.) The food was very tasty, and I brought home enough leftovers for two or three huge dinners. I learned today that although they are somewhat similar, one of the differences between Indian and Pakistani cuisine is that Indian food uses lots of vegetables and chicken is the main meat dish, but Pakistani food has fewer veggies and includes a variety of other meats like beef and lamb. My kind of folks.
With the help of the seller, we were able to get the saw loaded with no major problems. We removed the mobile base extension and turned the saw 90º in the remaining part of the mobile base to facilitate rolling it onto the truck. (The lift gate came to the rescue once again.) Once we got to his house, we had to do a bit of maneuvering to get the saw turned and set on the mobile base correctly, but after a few minutes of head scratching, we did it without having to work too hard.
And for the skeptics, here's a bit of proof:
I want to point out that if you look on the floor in the picture of Mohammad, you can see actual sawdust on the floor of his shop. Granted, that's just sawdust that fell out of the saw as we were moving it, but now his shop has been officially "dusted" and is one step closer to being a woodshop. Getting the 220v power run to his shop will be the next big step. The poor guy has a shop full of great tools, and nowhere yet to plug them in. That'll come before too long.
On the other end of the woodworking spectrum, he loaned me a nice Bailey No. 7 hand plane that I can use for a project I have in mind as soon as I do a bit of cleaning and fettling to it. I'll post pics of it when I have a chance.
It was great seeing you again Mohammad, and thanks again for the lunch.