|Forum topic by Paul||posted 03-16-2014 02:53 AM||1875 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
03-16-2014 02:53 AM
Purchased a 35990G as a floor model from my local Steel City warehouse distributor. I figured I’d leave some initial thoughts of the saw as there was not much out there for information before I purchased.
Purchase cost was $500 and they threw in a free digital blade angle read out. This was a floor model that was in the front of the warehouse where customers walk in to display their products. It was assembled and explained to me that it was only used for a few test cuts. Sold! It’s essentially a new saw. They had 2 of their techs disassemble the 3 piece granite top and mobile base and fork lift it into the back of my truck.
Unlike most contractor/hybrid saws in this price range G715p etc, the steel city has true cabinet mounted trunnions.
Squaring the blade to mitre’s took 10-15 mins max. The next step, attaching the 2 granite wings. This is the only flaw I have found in the first 4 days of owning the saw. This was probably more my fault for over tightening one of the right wing bolts but I stripped the threads on one of the front right granite table wings. The granite is drilled out then filled with epoxy then threaded for 3/4” bolts. I drilled out the stripped epoxy re threaded and didn’t over tighten.
After getting both granite wings in place (They are heavier than cast iron) the rest of the setup was a breeze.
The fence rails are 2” by 2” square metal, the fence is a self squaring t style. There is a little slop in the fence when not locked down, it took some getting used to. When the fence is locked you would need to hit it with a hammer to nudge the rear end, it’s very solid!
Surprisingly the dust collection after sealing the cabinet is the best surprise about the 35990G. I spent 5 straight minutes cross cutting a 12” section of 3/4” oak ply nibbling away at it. There was practically nothing on the table top or floor.
I went with the granite top for a few reasons. It’s about 50lbs heavier than the cast iron top and reduces vibration and noise a little better. The granite wings meet at the mitre slots. This does 2 things for me, 1 there are no seams in the top, 2 the mitre slots are actually slightly adjustable.
I will post an official review of the saw after a few months of putting her through her paces but thus far I am highly impressed by this heavy contractor saw. If you have a Steel City warehouse distributor I highly recommend a call to see if they are parting ways with their floor models. At $500 bucks it’s a steal. Strong motor, no vibration, and very quite!
A monster saw in a contractor body.