Dang it fellas. the saw is in the monster in laws garage and I forgot to take my camera with me this afternoon while I was there. I'll be making more dust tomorrow though ! I'll bring it for sure. I checked the date code and my saw is 17 years old ! 17 years old and the motor is still as strong as it was on day one. I ripped a 2x4 through the length skinny side up today with it, cross cut a 4x4 in one pass with the blade all the way up, practiced mitering with the miter sled, played around with making an acrylic zero clearance throat plate. Bad Idea by the way. Its just not strong enough. Either buy a sears throat plate or make one out on phelonic material, or sheet aluminum or steel. I had read some where last night about how to make one from acrylic and tried it to no avail. You have to rabbit the sides to 1/8" thick when you only have 1/4" thick acrylic to play with in the 1st place. I should have known better LOL !
I also connected the router to the built in router table and played around on it a while tonight. I'll have to get used to not having to go nuts digging out every thing when I want to use it.
Its great, and the best part is I can make a killer little boxed fence for the router and buy some of those square sliding tabs/t-bolts and use them to attach the box fence to the table saw fence. I could even make one side micro adjustable for jointing as well. SOmehting else cool I learner today is that Sears carries a rip fence micro adjuster for on eof there saw that also works on the BT3K for $29.99.
There is a slight tension during raising the blade. I think a shim may have came unseated and slipped down a tad or something. No biggie. Even if it needs replaced its only like $12.00 shipped for a complete set.
One question though for you former and current BT3K owners on here...... Are you able to push the locking lever on your fence all the way down to lock it or are you getting mad friction like I am about half way down and having to stop there ?
Yeah I duct taped the old Rigid shop vac I got for $25 on clearance at HD last year to it while fiddling around on it today. Got some on the drive way but a lot in the can.
It really does have a very good dust collection system on it.
I want to do something like this .....
But I am afraid that it would severely hamper any adjusting that would need done by limiting my reach under the saw cabinet.