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Old 10-19-2008, 09:17 PM
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What was the most expensive part of purchasing a granite surface plate? The freight. When I started to look at a granite surface plate, the actual cost of the plate and base really wasn't too bad, but because of the weight and related handling, almost every place that sold them, the freight was equal to or more than the cost of the plate and base. So when I visited the Grizzly store in Muncy, Pa, it was absolutely necessary to pick up the plate and bring it home, saving the freight. I bought the model G9654, 18" x 24" x 3" piece of granite and the G9658 free standing metal base, at the time I caught them on sale for $80 for the set. The granite was packed in a wooden crate, the base was made out of powdercoated angle iron, with leveling feet, and came knocked down and had to be assembled. The bolt holes didn't line up properly and had to be redrilled and the bolts were questionable, so the were replaced. The plate weighs about 125#, and isn't easlily handle alone. the base when it was assembled, didn't real seem all that sturdy, but when the plate was installed, it became a solid unit, steady with no sway.

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Old 10-19-2008, 11:15 PM
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Nice addition Platy, I'd like to get one some day. I use the top of my table saw for now.

I see you jacked up your "Willy" as well. I should have jacked mine up higher, as it's hard to clean out under it.

Boy, that just doesn't sound right, some how.


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I have seen those before. I kinda wondered what you use them for. I thought about getting one (about a year ago) and using it for hammering on and for beating on thing, but I figured the granite top would just crack or break.
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I have seen those before. I kinda wondered what you use them for. I thought about getting one (about a year ago) and using it for hammering on and for beating on thing, but I figured the granite top would just crack or break.
Yikes! hammering and beating? They are a precision surface and are used for layout and other things that require a known flat surface.
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If you don't need a big plate, the 12"x18" fits under the free UPS shipping from Enco. The UPS driver asked "what's in here rocks?", I said yup.
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Yikes! hammering and beating? They are a precision surface and are used for layout and other things that require a known flat surface.
I use mine alot to get high spots of off of gasket surfaces, place a piece of fine sand paper on the stone face up, the slowly in a circular motion, move the part on the sand paper, constantly checking for a complete surface pattern, on the part.

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I see you jacked up your "Willy" as well. I should have jacked mine up higher, as it's hard to clean out under it.

Boy, that just doesn't sound right, some how.


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Yes, I jacked up my Willy, when I got it there was no stand, and was too awkward to use, on top of a table, so I built a base with wheels and it also holds the HF coolant system, with a built in drain back system, as the windshield bubble pump on mine didn't work from day one.

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They are great for laying hot fudge on to smooth out.
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Check with the local cemetary. They get them with the wrong name or date or someone changes one and they usually have several around. The guy who puts them is like anyone else and sometimes they just break one.
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Check with the local cemetary. They get them with the wrong name or date or someone changes one and they usually have several around. The guy who puts them is like anyone else and sometimes they just break one.
???? headstones are ground to the same tolerance as a surface plate?
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