1.1.1 Required Tools

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This is a photo of most of the specialized tools needed to properly install and align a Felder Sliding Table Saw, Shaper, or Saw/Shaper Combo.
A dial indicator on a magnetic base and a good 4 to 6 foot straight edge is really helpful.
If the machines arrive on pallets, they will be secured with steel clips holding them down to the pallet with #30 Torx screws.  A Torx wrench is needed to remove the machines from the pallet.  A Torx bit that chucks to a drill is really handy for removing all the screws.
Below is a list of the more unusual tools and sources of supply that will be handy:
  • Open-end and box-end wrenches from 6 to 19 mm. plus 22mm and 32mm (32mm is used on the Jointer/Planer machines only).  Stubby metric wrenches which are ideal for adjusting the trunnion on the saw. Tackling  the slider adjustments is easier with one box-end and one open-end 19mm wrench (regular length).
  • A set of T-handled hex wrenches in 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10mm.  Available from http://www.mscdirect.com MSC Model  #05345053 for $23.  The yoke on the Felder power feeders requires a 10mm hex wrench – a size not usually included in most fold-out metric sets.  The MSC set listed above includes the 10mm.  In a few places, short L-style metric hex wrenches will be required.
  • A #30 Torx Wrench is required to remove the machines from the pallets  Some smaller Torx wrench sizes are necessary for removing various sheet steel panels on the machine base. A full set of T-handled Torx wrenches is available from http://www.mscdirect.com MSC Model # 01186972 for $36.
  • A good precision straight edge at least 4 feet long (six feet is better but more expensive) is necessary to align the slider and outrigger tables, as well as the tables on the Felder Jointer/Planers.  These are available from http://www.subtool.com/stcat/frame_subtool.html Suburban Tools Model # SE-48-TS for $163.  MSC, Use-Enco.com and others are also good sources.
  • A set of leaf feeler gages is very handy in checking several table alignments.  A set that will measure down to .0015 inches is sufficient.  MSC-direct.com Model #00150607 is an adequate set at $13.
  • A machinists square with one face at least 10" and the other 18" is useful.  One of the greatest bargains for this square   Enco (http://www.use-enco.com) model # 638-7628 for $40. Alternatively, a 18" 45 degree drafting triangle can be used as a substitute.  
  • At least one dial indicator on magnetic base, or the Oneway Multi-gauge, or the Aigner Distometer is very useful.  The Oneway gauge is more useful for a Felder Jointer/Planer than is a dial indicator on magnetic base.  A 3 dial indicator setup will save substantial time in the vertical alignment of the sliding table (see the final photo in section 1.5).  Dial indicators are available from a variety or sources and are often offered as lost leader sale items.  The Enco (http://www.use-enco.com) Model #628-1020 for $40 is a reasonable choice. .  The Oneway Multi-gauge is available from Garrett Wade (model # 84K04.01) or from Highland Hardware (http://www.highland-hardware.com) model # 2289 for $75.
The magnetic base shown at the left is Enco Part #505-1845 - $75 without an indicator - and is an outstanding base.  It holds both 1/4” stem-type indicators as well as the test indicators with long narrow dovetail mount.  This magnetic base has 3 ball-and-socket swivels (one at the base, the elbow, and one at the indicator mount) that all lock from the one central knob at the elbow. This base is easy to flex around into the desired position and then lock. 
The Dial Indicator setup shown at the left is the Oneway gage.  It includes a precision machined square frame and a standard 1/4 inch stem-type dial indicator (a version that does not have a lug on the back of the indicator), and can be used in the horizontal position as shown, or vertical position.  This is the most easy to use indicator arrangement for checking and setting the tables and knife blades on the jointer/planers.  The indicator with this Oneway gage comes with a round flat-bottomed anvil which is ideal for measuring to pointed rotating surfaces such as jointer knives.
The indicator at the left is typically referred to as a "test indicator."  Unlike a stem-type indicators that measure the vertical movement of a plunger, this indicator measures displacement against the side of the measurement stylus.  This particular model resolves to under .0005 inches, but has a limited range of motion.  This type of indicator is best suited where the idea is to measure against the side of a rule, square or rotating arbor.  These units are expensive ($175 new), but can often be found on eBay.  This indicator is an Intreapid model 312-1B.
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