well i made the 1 hour trip back to new orleans saturday to pick up my new toy. left early and was back ready to assemble by 8:30. overall assembly went very smooth. don't think it could have gotten much easier. ok, i know you're wondering what i assembled. so here it is, in it's temporary home in dad's shop.
as i said assembly went good, it took me and dad about 1.5 hours total. woulda been less if we had all our tools at hand, i was just so ready to get started i didn't take the time to go get tools together.
i did have one problem with the saw. when it was fully assembled and the fence was put on and i checked the measurement between blade and fence and compared that to what my cursor was reading it was way off. not a problem, there is play in the fence for that right? well yes there was, just not enough play. so even with the adjustments all the way to one side, including moving my cursor all the way over. the measurement was still off by 1/8". before getting drastic and drilling holes in my brand new saw i thought i'd call Steel city to see if I was missing something. the guy answered the phone and i said....
"hey, i need some help"
"i can help"
so i explained what the problem was and he had me re-explain to make sure we were on the same page. he said he thought the best way to handle it was to send me a new tape for the fence. he said the tape that is on the saw will just peel up and the new one can be stuck in it's place. preferably about an 3/4" of an inch over from the other one. he said he'd have it on a truck that day.
i was happy with this. i new i wasn't going to be using the saw alot for a few days anyway.
so, i went back to the shop, plugged her in and fired her up. that 3hp sures sounds alot different than dad's Ridgid.
i haven't used it alot yet, still need to build outfeed and side ext tables for it. but so far so good. the one thing i do like is the blade only takes about 4seconds to stop. much quicker than dad's at about 10 seconds.
hopefully i'll be able to give more info on likes and dislikes once i get to start using the saw.
here are some more pics for those police!!