Can anyone tel me why the band saw and the table saw have differant heights? Heck, why is the table of my shaper at a differant height than my joiner? Every time I use one of those piece of equipment I need differant hieght infeed and out feed tables! When you run a couple of hundred bd. ft. at a time it’s not just a minor inconvienance.
Evan if I were doing one piece on the band saw, I wouldn’t expect to be able to hold both ends of a 8 foot bd. as I saw the piece, (let alone some of the 16 or 20 foot pieces)
While I have mastered the skill of the 10 minute infeed and out feed tables, It still bugs me that I can’t do it once and be done with it!
DON’T, get me started on how dumb planers are!
Table top/portables are very smart. The bottom is a fixed height and the motor etc. rides up and down to remove the material as needed. It doesn’t matter what the thickness is. once you set an infeed/outfeed table you don’t need to make any adjustments.
The rest of them are so stupid! every pass needs a differant in/outfeed height. While I shove shingles in under the 10 foot rollers to make those height adjustments, if they are a little off then it’s too easy to get snipe.
That’s fine as long as the wood you plane is one thickness, what if you go from 4/4 to 8 inch thick stuff? then you need to come up with a completely differant height set of saw horses or cut them off lower and put blocks under them for the taller work height needed for thinner stock! If stationary planers were built like portables you wouldn’t have the constant adjustment.
drill presses too are poorly designed but then I’ve ranted enough, the real problem is that we no longer build tools in America. If we still did then someone would recognize how badly desined these things are, build a better set of tools and then let the rest of the world copy us…..