Man... where does the time go to?..Almost 4 months already. So some impressions based on the short term.
Fit and finish...excellent..not a blem to be found. Out of the box, everything was aligned and tight and has remained so. Even the badging looks good.
Cabinet and doors fit great, close tight and stay closed. When you lock something in place, it stays in place. The saws spine is rock solid!! Period!! If you
manage to bend it, you put some serious effort into "TRYING" to bend it. Paint appears to be well done. Looks to me, that as long as you take the time to
take care of it, the original appearance should last a very long time.
Lets get the unfavorable's out of the way first.
Dislikes: Ummmmmmmm.........errrrrrrrrr..uhhhhhhhhh???? hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Honestly, there is NOTHING about this saw I do not like thus far. Seriously!
But I will temper that by saying that based on what I had prior to this one,,,there is nothing not to like. Now I really can't give a "comparison" perspective
with other saws of similar size and price. As I said earlier, I"m sure all of the saws I mentioned and researched perform well. And I'm sure all will have their
lil quips and quirks either out of the box or over time....I"m sure mine will as well...
Ohhh hey, OK, here is one.... remembered this while writing the followup. There is an occasional ODD noise when using the saw. Im pretty sure I've narrowed it down
to the lower guide assembly. I've even heard it on a few youtube video's. NOt sure what it is. To me, it comes across as a vibration induced noise. It does not appear to
have any effect on performance. More of an oddity right now, than anything else. Cept for when the Mrs. hears it...then its WHATS THAT SOUND??? SOMETHING BROKE?
YOU STILL GOT WARRANTY ON IT RIGHT??? *LOL*... guess who controls the purse strings around here??? *S*
Could be better:
Tracking window: You either need ALOT of good lighting or a flashlight after a while to take advantage of the window. Not a big deal as
far as I"m concerned.
Secondary lighting: I'd really like to see a better focus light setup. I"m sure there are plenty of good aftermarket rigs, which I'll probably end up
getting one. So far, the couple I had and tried have proven to be a bit awkward and fussy. A built in, downward facing LED would be ideal.
Setting up the lower guides is a bit ackward, especially if you got big fat fingers..but doable..just need to get a feel for it.
Dust collection ports: Location of the ports makes routing of the DC lines a bit awkward in my shop. Don't really use the top port. So block it off.
Run off: When you turn the saw off, it does tend to run on for a while. not a big deal except when you want to stop a cut, then you have to wait
(and we all know how much we like waiting) for the saw to come to a dead stop. They do offer a brake option for this saw and I think I would probably
go with one, given a do-over. Not a must have, not a need to have, more of a wouldn't mind having kinda thing.
Likes: Tension gauge: Now this thing is far from an accurate measurement of blade tension, but what it does do is provide a really nice baseline from which
to work with and setup change ups.
Looks: It is a nice looking saw..
Power; Plenty of it..
What I like most is the fact that it does what its supposed to do as advertised. No over sell, no exaggerations, no bells and whistles you don't need or want, and I'm a bells and whistles kinda guy...The saw over all is rock solid.
In use thoughts:
Working height...fine! no issues here, I"m 5'11"..the table is at a very comfortable height for me.
Power: The 2hp motor has breezed thru everything I've run thru the blade. Including 10" mahogany, 6" sugar maple, 6" red & white oak, 6" walnut..
Resaw: Essentially what I bought the saw for in the first place. I could not be happier with this aspect of the saw so far. Honestly, its pretty much
what I've used the thing for exclusively thus far. And thats with a Grizzly 3/4" resaw blade. The blade itself has held up surprisingly well. The saw/blade tracks beautifully!!!! This aspect of the saw has really peaked my curiosity. I'd love to spend some time with a premium saw to see just how much "better" it would be.
Regular use: I've taken and played around with a 1/4" blade, just ziggin' and zaggin' to get a feel for it. Following a curve, feed rates on different materials and thickness's and so on.. even doing radius's are slick, concave, convex..whatever..just a lilttle bit of a learning curve and you're in business.
Controls. Damn, everything works!! *L* Biggest thing is to learn to release the tensioner when I"m done. Tracking and tension adjustments are straight forward, nothing special here. Thus far, all knobs, guides, threaded rods etc. all appear to be well made and of good materials.
Table tilt; Can't speak to this one yet.. havn't used it. I've played with it, tilted the table down and locked it out.. Was very secure. I didn't take and question the accuracy of the angle...If that is a concern for someone, let me know..and I'll do a couple test runs for you...size of the table is just fine by me. Of course, you know at some point it ain't gonna be big enough for sumptin *L* Setting up the blade to table at 90 was simple and has remained solid. Havn't had to readjust yet.
Fence: This is a NICE fence. easy to set up and adjust. Stays put and has the high/low option. It is heavy and well made. Made to last in my opinion. Zeroing out the fence rail with the blade took minimal fuss and bother, but once set, she's locked in..
Tires: what can ya say about tires??? I do get at and clean em off once in a while, just because. They appear to be wearing well enough thus far.
Guides: When I first tested the guides, they would spin freely when spun by hand...as you might expect. Now,,they turn freely enough, without grind or excessive resistance but they dont' spin freely. By that I mean, flick em with your finger and they spin for quite a while..Now they spin for several seconds..a noticeable difference which I am sure can be attributed to nothing more than normal usage. But I'll keep an eye on it. Setting them up is easy enough and they hold the set. As mentioned, the bottom guides can be a big ackward to access and set, but you get it figured out quick enough. I was exceptionally fussy when it came to setting them up. Using a feeler
gauge to set the gaps per Mfg.s recommendations. Had to reset the side guides a couple of times early on and havn't touched em since. Rear guide sets up quick and easy. Micro-adjustable and Carter guides are a temptation. But, Don't know that I really have a need for "Micro" anything on a bandsaw and the Carter guides are supposed to be
such a major improvement over OEM's. Here again, would love an apple to apple comparison between OEM and Carter.
Rack and pinion blade guide. SLICK.. very nice. It works just fine
Dust collection: Works just fine. As mentioned earlier, ports are in a position that occasionally the DC hose gets in the way. Otherwise, DC is good.
Insert... Yep, it came with one *L*
Mobility.. This saw is heavy...either set it up where you plan on leaving it or get a mobility rig for it.
Noise.. even when runing (not sawing) you can carry on a normal conversation next to the saw. While cutting, speak up a little...no big deal.. For a saw this size, I am quite happy with how quietly she runs. With the living room right above the saw, the Mrs. never complains about the noise... so this must be a good thing.
Customer Service: havn't had to use it, hope I dont' need to use it... like it that way
Apologies if I left anything out, or if someone has a specific question, ask away. All in all, at this point, 4 months later, I am absolutely pleased with the saw.