Well, I picked one of these up today from HD. $184.50 plus tax. Looks like they are clearing them out. Wonder if that long rumored new BS from Ridgid is about to finally show up? Sales person said they had 3 yesterday morning. I got the last one this morning.
I left straight from there and headed over to Rockler. Picked up a 1/8 inch Olson blade.
Took me the rest of the evening, but I got it up and running. Doesn’t appear to be too bad. A little vibration, but not as bad as some of the reviews I have read. The belt was REALLY kinked up from being “folded” in the box.
It was really easy to set the tension/tracking on that narrow blade. Same with the guide blocks/thrust bearing. (My current band saw was a Hitachi 10 inch I got on clearance at Lowes for $60. It runs ok, but couldn’t handle a 1/8 inch blade. Plus, tracking adjustments on it are a nightmare!)
Since I was so tired (and we all know what happens sometimes when we get tired!), I only tried cutting a couple of scrap pieces on it before I called it a night. At 58, I’ve kinda grown accustomed to having all my fingers!
I’m hoping it will be warm enough tomorrow after I get home from work to play with it a little more and get a better feel for it.
Sorry if this should have gone into the reviews, but it’s not really a full review. Just a note to let anyone who might be interested in this particular bs to give your local HD a check.