|Review by DamnYankee||posted 01-02-2013 08:36 PM||5655 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
Recently purchased the Shop Fox W1706. I was driven to purchase this bandsaw for a combination of reasons – price ($580), reviews found on-line and by personal contacts (almost no negative ones found), features.
The saw came with a quick tension release, fence and miter. I purchased the riser kit as well.
As I just recently pruchased it and have not used it very much this review will focus on set up and initial impressions.
The set up was EXTREMELY easy as it was nearly fully assembled. I had to attach the saw the to base, attach the table to the saw and install the blade, and that was about it. The blade tracked “out of the box”. Initial test cut (pine) produced a consistent ~1/16” resaw. All before final tuning.
Adding the riser block, the instructions left a two details out. 1, it tells you specifically not to remove the blade guard (left side – guard that runs from top to bottom wheel) until step 13. You need to take it off long before then. 2, the instructions do not tell you to face the “UP” label on the riser towards the back of the saw. I initially had if facing the front and the wheels were barely out of coplanar. Once I switched the block around they lined up perfectly.
Overall the only long term issue I forsee is that the roller guide adjustments for the bottom guides are a bit difficult to manipulate as they are behind the table trunion adjustments. For those of you with big fat fingers this will be very difficult.
Features included: Quick tension release, fence, miter, closed cabinet, sealed roller guides, 4” dust collection connection, lock-out lock
-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards