Monday, I picked up my new Steel City 35990C. With the help of a friend I was able to get the legs/wheel kit installed to the cabinet and lift it out of the bed of my truck. I will have to head to the store to pick up a few additional flat and lock washers as there were a few of each missing from the parts kit.
Assembly has gone pretty smoothly so far. I have a rolling cabinet with the wings attached but I haven’t had time to get them co-planar with the center table. There is a 1/8” diameter x 1/8” deep casting void on the right wing. I’m now waiting for a new wing to be sent out.
The saw came with a bonus pack of 2 blades and a digital angle finder. I’m not sure about the quality of the blades, but I figure they will at least be good for rough cutting. If I find I need something with a cleaner cut there are lots to choose from. After a call to Steel City to clarify the install on the angle meter I’m back to waiting for the new wing.
I’m a bit disappointed with the fence rail as I expected to be with the split design. The tape is also a bit dodgy with one end coming up. I think the split design could work with a sleeved steel tube connection that engages the first bolt to each side of the split, but instead there is a plastic bit that only engages about 3/8”. Oh, well. I was planning to upgrade it to a bigger, longer rail to take new fence any way.
I will be squaring and leveling everything even with the bad wing as the defect is far enough from the blade that I should be able to make some narrower cuts, maybe get to work on a crosscut sled and mobile base for another tool that made its way home to me this week.
Yesterday, my wife called from an estate sale and asked if I had any interest in a drill press for $80. Heck yes I do! I ran over and checked out the DP. It is pretty clean, it runs and the motor sounds good. 16 speeds from 220-4000, 7” Throat floor standing and it even has new belts.
Right next to the DP I found a board with a disk sander and buffer setup for $45. I couldn’t pass these up either. Both motor spin strong, smooth and quiet. I don’t think I could find just a single bare 1/2 horse motor for $45. They are a bit ugly, but they work perfectly.
-- Still looking for ideas and advice.