|Forum topic by KGRRSteve||posted 12-13-2012 03:39 AM||1266 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
12-13-2012 03:39 AM
On to me. :-)
I’ve been shopping for a new table saw for months, and just yesterday happened to catch a great sale price on Amazon. Picked up a Steel City 35618 for $1059, delivered. The price was so good, and the page said “1 Left”, so I pulled the trigger before I even got final wife approval – luckily she’s a keeper.
This saw looks to be pretty much everything I wanted, with just a couple of minor exceptions that maybe the good folks here can help me work through.
1. I’m not sure I have room in my basement shop for the long 50” rails. I was planning on getting a saw with the shorter rails since I don’t anticipate the need for the longer ones, and space is at a premium, but the sale didn’t include a similar machine with 30” rails. I figure one of three things will happen: a) I’ll figure out how to squeeze it in the shop and make it work; b) I’ll sell or trade the rails and guides to someone looking for the 50” and replace them with 30”; or c) I’ll do a little rail surgery with a metal cutting saw and MAKE it fit. Thoughts on those?
2. I have not seen this saw in person, so I’m not fully clear on the blade guard arrangement. I currently use a riving knife (aftermarket) for a lot of cuts, but I don’t know if the 35618 comes with a riving knife (SC lit says guard only), or if it can be retrofit? It looks like Leeway (Sharkguard) offers a knife for this saw, but does anyone know how it mounts and if it travels vertically with the blade?
3. Getting this monster into the basement looks like it’s going to be a challenge. I live on a narrow residential street and off-loading the saw from a truck and then moving it down the basement stairs is going to take some planning. I stretched out the delivery until just after Christmas to get some time to sort out how I’m going to go about it, so if anyone has hints/advice please let me know. I’m even considering coordinating a pick-up at a truck terminal instead of dropping at the house just so I can tear it down even further, put it into a small trailer or pick-up, then bringing it to the house in smaller sections – thoughts on that? I figure at the minimum I’ll need a heavy duty dolly – any other toys that might work? Hoist of some sort???
Enough for now. Looking forward to learning more from you all as time goes on.
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