|Review by PurpLev||posted 03-16-2009 03:33 PM||9855 views||0 times favorited||30 comments|
For lack of current online info on this saw, I thought someone might be of use to the bits of info I’ve been able to get on this saw after contacting SteelCity (which knows no details on this saw yet) and going to Woodcraft and seeing it live – which was very dissapointing.
The first disappointment was when I saw the photo that woodcraft posted of this new saw which was completely different then what Steelcity had posted in their ‘upcoming new products’ flyer. I had spoken to Steelcity and was told that they used a ‘temporary photo’ of a different saw since they still havent seen the new saw, and that the woodcraft published photo is the actual saw – very strange. I also found it a bit odd that I was able to go to a retail store and see a saw that the company knows nothing about it’s details since the company haven’t received it yet? (but the retail stores have…) just a red flag that went on from that moment on.
on paper it is very similar to the SteelCity Granite Top 35905, but at half the price – I was curious to know at what expanse. so here are the downgrades on this saw that SteelCity took to make it ‘affordable’ and ultimately why I didn’t end up purchasing it:
1. Saws entire body is slightly smaller, using less material, with a simpler box shape cabinet (no extrusions)
no big deal, it actually has a built in mobile base which is a nice addition
2. Trunnion is thinner, motor is 1 3/4HP, and cannot be ‘upgraded’ to a 3HP motor at a later time
somewhat disappointing, but to be honest, it would still work well for my needs, and I dont think I’ll ever be upgrading the motor only… if I were to upgrade to a 3HP machine- I’d replace the whole saw
3. Fence – smaller, lighter fence altogether. Rail is narrower, and made of thinner material, and also is made of 2 pieces as opposed to a one long piece. I did notice some deflection in the rail material when I clamped on the fence – very minimal, but it was there.
I didn’t really care much for this fence, but for the price difference, this fence was performing fairly well – no deal breaker
4. and this one was the last straw for me Miter slots are 3/4”x3/8” grooves with no T-Slot (as in other models) – I find this one to be a fundamental feature on any miter slot, and esp. on table saws. I really like to have the miter gauge /accessory secured in the slot so that it doesnt just pop up from it when you are least likely to pay attention to it.
no thank you, I’ll pass on this one – one corner cut short too many
If I was a new woodworker and didn’t know better (what to look for) this one might have been a decent ‘first saw’ but after experiencing a ‘first saw’ already, I’m looking for my ‘last saw’ now, and this one does not fit the requirements. just too many things were budgeted down on it – if it was 1, or 2 thats one thing, but when it’s almost everything, I might as well get a better saw altogether. Sorry Steelcity – you missed this one with me. Almost had it, but not quite.
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