On January 20 2008 I bought a new table saw, the steel city saw model #35915G. That is what it is labelled in the flyer but the saw has a model #35912 on the base. It is the 3hp model with a granite top and 50" fence. I was planning to buy the cast iron model with the 30" fence but the supplier Morley Miller in St George Ontario didn't have any in stock. I was willing to wait until he got one in stock, but instead he came up with a "show special". See, in Hamilton there was a wood show on from Jan 23-25 2009.
Actually I wasn't really in a hurry for a table saw, I could have waited for a month or two. When I was talking to the owner he had 2 saws he was getting ready to bring to the show. I asked him about any specials that there might be at the show because I was planning to go Friday afternoon. He said that if I bought one of the saws he was going to have on display I could get it for 10% off. Well I didn't think that was all that great of a deal and I didn't say anything I just keep looking around at the displays he had in the store. I told him I wasn't all that interested in the granite top or the 50" fence. I really wanted a cast iron top (because it was cheaper and I'm Dutch) and I have never cut anything on the table saw over 30". I kept on waiting and looking around the store while I was thinking of leaving and just going to the show to look at the other vendors. (General, Delta, and King)
I think my not saying anything for awhile might have helped because he then said hang on a minute and he went into his office to crunch some numbers. He then came out and said that if I bought one of the saws he also would pay the tax for me as well. The taxes here in Ontario are 13%. He even said that the saw wouldn't even be going to the show if I bought it. I really thought that was good because I have been at some shows where the display models aren't handled with the greatest care by the viewing public.
After I paid for it he asked me how I was going to get it home and I told him I would rent a trailer and get some help from a few friends and bring it into my walkout basement. He even surpised me even more, he said he could do even better, he knew some farmers that had delivered some equipment for him before, he gave me a number for the guys and I set up a delivery date with them and they were great. My saw was safely in my basement workshop in less then 20mins after they arrived and it only cost me $50. It was delivered January 28 2009. The trailer rental and getting guys together to move the saw would have cost me even more. (Pizza and of course Beer.)
I spent the last week setting up the saw and I can say I am very pleased. A nickel won't stand up when I fire up the saw but after 2 seconds the saw runs extremely smooth. The manuals are very well laid out with lots of pictures and good hardware is included. There were a few small problems that I had to cope with but nothing significant. Both on the front and back rail there is one bolt that doesn't line up in the hole attaching it to the granite top. It's out by about 1/16" so the head sits slightly proud, but it isn't in the way. The other thing is that there was no proper hex key to tighten the bolts on the rail to the top. Good thing I had one. The extention table was not completely flat and that gave me some problems but my dad and I worked it out.
The real difference compared to my contractors saw is the start up very quick and a lot quieter. The fence is great and locks down solidly every where along the rail. I know that this saw is classified as a hybrid, but it has more power then I'll every need. There is only one belt on the motor but it is abouth 1" wide.
You will see in the picture that I have to enlarge the opening to my shop by a couple inches because the blade is about 4" to left of the left side of the door opening. Good thing I built that opening planning on using 2 32" doors now I just have to pull some drywall down and enlarge the opening to use 2 36" doors instead. Man a 50" fence is big. I have to build all new jigs beause the miter slots are farther apart then on my other saw and it is also 2" lower. That means new outfeed tables as well.
Finally a picture to satisfy everyone.