Lessons Learned When Setting Up A New Steel City Model 35990C

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05-26-2013 06:56 PM

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Below are lessons learned when setting up my new Steel City 35990C

Check alignment of the motor belt pulley and the saw blade arbor pulley. Mine were out of alignment by about ¼ inch causing real headaches until discovered.

Before installing the wings, check miter gage grooves for parallel & then align the blade to the miter gage grooves. My grooves were parallel within .001 and I used a dial indicator gage with one point on the blade (marked with a magic marker) to get blade alignment to within .001.

When installing the wings, apply a piece of masking tape to one edge of the miter gage. Place the miter gage in the groove and gently push the wing against it. You’ll get approximately .005 clearance between the miter gage and the groove.

Toss the factory supplied blade and get a new one. I found the factory blade required excess power to make good rip cuts. Even the Steel City rep suggested a new blade.

If you are just visiting Lumberjocks, I encourage you to sign up. You’ll find the members to be friendly and they will offer good advice, much of it even helpful…plus, it’s free.

Lastly, I found Steel City support to be very helpful with quick response. I was sent a new belt and a new start capacitor when I thought I had a bad motor (but the problem was the out-of-alignment pulleys).

-- John H, Milwaukee, WI

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#1 posted 05-26-2013 07:09 PM

I think the pulley issue was rather major, glad you caught it. Other stuff, pretty typical stuff on assembly. Seems like they have good customer service. Hope it runs for years to come!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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