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03-11-2015 02:59 PM

Hi, there is a steel city 35605 table saw on Craigslist,it is a three hp. i have tried to research it but the only thing i can really find for it is that it doesn’t have the trunions of a normal cabinet saw. Can anyone explain the down side? Should i not consider it?

What would be a fair offer for it? It is on a mobile base and it looks to be in good condition in the pictures.

Thanks for taking the time and any help you can give.

-- mike, manteca,ca.


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#1 posted 03-11-2015 03:41 PM

IIRC, that was pretty much the same saw as the Craftsman 22124, SC35601, etc. It has cabinet mounted trunnions, with large brackets that span the corners of the cabinet. Heavy, well regarded saw….also IIRC, the fence was a decent Biese clone. It was an early hybrid saw, left tilt. Most were 1.75hp, but there were versions available in 3hp, but I can’t recall which model numbers were 3hp. A fair price would be $400-$550 depending on condition and extras.

It should look like this inside:

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 04:47 PM

I have the craftsman version of this saw, I am only a light hobbiest but I think it has been great for everything I do.

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 04:49 PM

for refrence here is the craftsman one I bought, Mine was the floor model, ended up getting it for $390 because it had a cracked wing. Called the parts number and got the wing for $125 pretty much brand new $1000 saw for $500.

http://www.searsoutlet.com/1-3-4-HP-Premium-Hybrid-10-Table-Saw-22116-/d/product_details.jsp?stxt=table saw&md=srh_md&pn=1&ps=25&pid=32628&cid=1224&mode=buyUsedOnly&itemSelectionType=all

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#4 posted 03-12-2015 10:54 AM

.......It has cabinet mounted trunnions, with large brackets that span the corners of the cabinet…...... It was an early hybrid saw, left tilt…......

so if it has cabinet mounted trunions and if it had a 3hp motor, wouldn’t it be a cabinet saw and not a hybrid?

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#5 posted 03-12-2015 12:29 PM


.......It has cabinet mounted trunnions, with large brackets that span the corners of the cabinet…...... It was an early hybrid saw, left tilt…......

so if it has cabinet mounted trunions and if it had a 3hp motor, wouldn t it be a cabinet saw and not a hybrid?

- toolie

A good question that’s open for debate. The design is lighter duty than those used on the PM2000, G1023S, G1023R G0690, Jet Xacta, General 650, Unisaw, Laguna Platinum, Saw Stop PCS and ICS, etc, and uses connecting rods as an arbor carriage vs a one piece cast iron piece. Marketers would love to dub it as a cabinet saw, but I think it’s worth noting the difference between saws like this (whatever you want to call them) and the beefier industrial saws. Both designs can be suitable, but there is a difference.

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The new trend are cabinet mounted trunnions that look more like what’s shown below….still suitable for many applications, and a step in the right direction for typical table mounted trunnions, but still lighter duty than those found on the previously mentioned industrial cabinet saws.

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#6 posted 03-12-2015 04:29 PM

so what, is anything, can happen to the connecting rods if the trunion mounting bolts are loosened and the trunions are moved relative to the cabinet. is it possible to “twist” the connecting rods’ relationship to one another? the connecting rod nature of the arbor and motor support would seem to potentially be more of an issue than whether the trunions are mounted to the cabinet or the table.

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#7 posted 03-12-2015 05:05 PM

The old style connecting rods, especially those found on many of the 80’s Taiwanese contractor saws were somewhat prone to twisting within the trunnion which could throw off the alignment. They’re also known to bend slightly when beveled, causing heeling, which can throw of the alignment when the blade is beveled. I think the newer rods on the Steel City/Orion hybrids are indexed, so they won’t slip within the trunnion. They might still be somewhat prone to bending a bit when beveled, but they’re thicker than the old style contractor saws, plus the motor placement is a lot different. I’d rather see the one piece cast arbor carriage, but admittedly, I never had issue with the connecting rods on my GI contractor saw or my 22124.

Having the trunnions mounted to the cabinet generally makes blade alignment easier, because you just loosen the table top, and adjust that slightly instead of the adjusting the entire trunnion system. Let be known that I haven’t tried to adjust the trunnions on one of the newer style hybrid/cabinet mounted trunnions that mount to the crossbrace…..IIRC reading on one of them that the instructions were the same as with table mounted trunnions, but I can’t help but wonder if that was a misprint/carryover from older manuals that didn’t get updated correctly to reflect the new trunnion mounting system.

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#8 posted 03-13-2015 12:34 AM

Thanks to all for taking the time for your input. Knotscott thanks for your input, exactly what i wanted to know. Thanks again.

-- mike, manteca,ca.

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