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Blog entry by Cato posted 08-31-2009 01:33 AM 5160 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I assembled my replacement saw that HD delivered yesterday.

The new saw did not appear to have any significant design changes, but it does have much better quality control, machining, and fit. My old saw was #0534, and the new one is 06069.

It went together fast as I had done it before, but also every nut and bolt went on smooth. No thread issues at all which made installing the granite extension wiings a short task.

I figured the shoe would drop when I installed the fence as my old one took a lot of adjustment to finally get it to lock down properly and in parallel. The old one also moved a bit sloppy even though it did lock down well and hold parallel.

This fence. This fence is much much better. Someone somewhere at the OEM listened and though I am not a fan of the split rail design, with this new one the front and rear rails fit together nicely and attached easily. The fence itself was nearly dead on out of the box and needed only half a turn on the adjustment screw on the brake pad to get it parallel. It glides so much better and smoother than my old one I ran it into the blade guard trying it out. It locks very tight and I now like it.

I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. I assumed I was assembling the same saw as my old one, and would have to go through the same hassles of fine tuning everything. So far that has not been the case, and where I was never really thrilled with my old fence, the one on this saw looks the same but you can tell that the weld on the T bar is beefier, newer design on the front glide pads and nearly every issue I had with the old fence is gone in this new one.

So a good ending thus far to the recall episode. I am now glad I opted for the replacement saw, as my only other choice would have been to upgrade to a 3hp for more money. If that ever becomes a need then I’ll do it, but for now this saw will suffice my needs and is a joy to use.



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#1 posted 08-31-2009 03:14 AM

congrats, glad to hear it worked out so well! I really iike this saw!.

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#2 posted 08-31-2009 06:01 AM

I know TTI / RIdgid / Ryobi had a heck of a time getting these saws to market, and in all fairness, as much as I like them, I expected a bunch of production / quality problems in the first year of production… It’s great to hear they are ironing the bugs out of them… I might have to upgrade to that saw if and when I decide my BT3100 has had enough…. I don’t think that will be for a while yet…

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#3 posted 08-31-2009 01:02 PM

PurpLev- thanks. I’m glad its over and I am back up and running. The whole thing has put me behind on my storage shed. which I need to finish.
dbhost
- like Purp says, its a nice saw and my first saw was a good one as well, and for what I spent on it I expected the assembly and adjustment issues, which were really not too bad. This replacement though, assembled like a dream, and I may have gotten lucky, but I can always use some luck so I’ll take it.

I must say though, if TTI has reworked the machining on the fences as my new one appeared to have had then they will have a hot product on their hands, as that was the main issue with many buyers early on, and the fence is a major major point is TS acquisition.

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