It arrived yesterday at work, I picked it up today. Tonight I opened the nice rectangular box to find styrofoam with little openings here for wheels, a slot for an axle, this little compartment over here holds the table....OH MY G*D that other one was so pulverized that I didn't even know it had these little areas!
Assembly went well, I put the belt on the center pulleys. My first cut was with full weight on the saw, and it cut very well - a little loud, but I was cutting 3 inch square by .25 thick tubing. I did notice little wisps of smoke from the cut itself. I remember that on the other saw when I first tried it out. On the next cut I adjusted the spring tensioner a little and the sound was much better. No smoke either. After this cut I adjusted the switch a little. and the down-stop bolt.
I tried cutting a thin slice, and it worked beautifully! I just measured the thickness of the slice off the 3 inch tubing and it's 1/16 thick. All I can say is wow!
I'll post pictures of this tomorrow, I'm too tired tonight. I know everyone here is probably sick of yet another bandsaw picture but given the background on my experiences, I can't hold back. WOW.
This is horrible, I've only made three cuts with it and I'm already thinking of how to modify it for this or that. A little tray to catch the metal filings, a shelf to hold stuff and act as a stiffener, oh and it looks like the 5x8 size could be larger than that - I think I might be able to get 9 wide out of this if I modify the clamp. I need to go to bed. Now, if I remember correctly, people recommend changing the oil right away. Any suggestions on what kind? I'm too tired to search tonight for the answer, I'm going to bed.
On a side note, the saw came in yesterday, but yesterday was probably the worst day of work I'd had in 4 years. It was so confrontational and stressfull that I went home even knowing I could just go over and pick up my saw at the loading dock. It was so bad I gave serious thought to not going in today and sending out resumes instead. Today ended up better, but the persons I had to deal with yesterday are being let off the hook, no reprocussions. I hate the corporate world with a passion, but it pays the bills. Good night all!
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