i have been asking alot of questions about tools and tool purchases lately because i am on the verge of going full time. this tool purchasing has proven more difficult than i thought it would be. one of the things that bothers me the most about it is the lack of places to see the tools properly set up and in an enviroment that allows me to really have a look at them and speak with some one who knows anything about the tools. let's rewind to saturday morning.
i walk into a local contractor supply store, well it's actually an hour away, i have chosen this place because they carry steel city tools and i am interested in a few of their tools and i want to see them up close. so after i look around for awhile and see none i ask about them. the guy says they are out back, so we take a walk. we walk into a room that is about 12x30 tops. and is packed full if tools. to name a few.....2 delta table saws, 1 PM 2000, 1 Steelcity TS, 2 drill presses, 2 shapers, 2 drum sanders, and about 4 or 5 other machines. my first impression is that they don't really want to sell me anything because they don't even have a nice place setup. so we walk to the SC TS, tucked in a corner, it has parts and pieces from about 5 different machines on top. the guy says, "here ya go, this is their left tilt saw, we haven't had any complaints on these, normally we get complaints about the other brands" and walks away.
so i look at the saw and realize the blade is in 45 degree position, and is tilted to the right...hmmmmm....yes it was a right tilt saw. so i move all the junk out of my way so that i can see the thing. i play with the fence and it feels like it has sand caught in it somewhere. now i doubt seriously that the steel city fence really feels this way and that was part of my aggravation.
i just don't understand why i can't have a nice place to go to and look over a tools i'm about to spend over a grand on.
i realize they have tool shows for this reason, but i need to buy something now.
sorry i just needed to get that off my chest. is it like this everywhere or is it just the cajuns down here?!?
calming down now