Wednesday, September 27, 2006

the saw


well, i finally got a table saw. i have so many plans that i can hardly wait. i bought it from lowes--that place sucks. i bought it the other day and couldn't fit it in the kia because it was full of a pile of omelays. i specifically asked them if they had another one in the box and they said yes. when i came back they only had the floor model. i complained, they said they would wave the assembly fee. i didn't want it assembled because it surely wouldn't fit in the car. after much pleading and haggling i managed to borrow a crescent wrench and partially dis-assembled it. i asked for help to load it and the sales guy said "sure someone will be right with you." no one ever showed up. some other customer walking by helped me.
when i got home i had to dis-assemble it it further because it was put together incorrectly and out of alignment. what a bunch of idiots. at the end of the day i have a completely re-assembled table saw and it works like a champ.

after spending the afternoon messing with the saw and it's frustrations we got a changing table/dresser from sears for the baby via UPS. this too needed to be put together. mind you this was not your simple ikea style assembly it was a convoluted set of instructions referencing parts that were slightly different from the illustrations. so different that them alignment of the slides was a guess. of course after completely assembling it i realized that my guess of the three possible positions was wrong. i needed to take all the slides back out and move them one hole position deeper.

having lived within a few miles of an ikea store spoiled us for great prices and the obvious ease of their assembly instructions.

10 comments:

Danielle said...

Positive to all this is that you got it home and it is what you thought it would be. That would totally suck if you went through all that then the saw was crap.

Ed Abbey said...

Reminds me of a time when I bought my gas grill at Lowes. It was on sale and came with a free tank of gas! Again, all they had was the floor model which wouldn't fit in my car without disassembling. The ended up waving a delivery fee and said they would deliver it next week. When they delivered it, they said I had to bring the tank back to the store for the free refill since they couldn't deliver a full tank. So I loaded it in my car and went back to the store. When I relayed my request, they disappeared and came back with a rusted out tank that they wanted to swap with my brand new one. They said they don't fill them but only swap them. I kept my new empty tank and went home. I haven't been back to Lowes since.

squire said...

A table saw is one of the best purchases a homeowner can make.

Hal at Ranch Ramblins said...

I have yet to see an item assembled by store employees that has been put together properly. And I'm sure they always end up with left-over parts, which you usually need to re-assemble the item correctly.

uncle matt said...

I'm speechless...Ikea rules!

karl said...

yeah, i have been wanting, waiting and lusting after a table saw for well over a year now. it would really suck if it were crap.

for uncle matt's benefit, the saw is a whole three horse power. the table is big enough to rip a sheet of plywood in half--lefty or righty. plus, it just looks cool.

uncle matt said...

COOOL! I'm gonna get one just like it!

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BeanMama said...

Yay!! You needed a table saw.

pablo said...

I have a truck and a load of wood that needs cutting. I'll be down there on Saturday.

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