What do you folks think; did they try to cut costs with the switch away from
C.I. or is it just too sexy for their saw (sorry 'bout that one.)? I don't
know what granite goes for so I could be waaay off. I noticed that the
table is a few inches shorter too. Is that in reference to the limit of
strength of granite? I'm glad that I have my 3650, bum arbor included!
Dave, doncha know, granite is taking over. First there was kitchen
countertops. Next table saw tops. Soon all office desks will be granite
topped. It is a conspiracy of the granite cabal.
But not to worry. Robatoy can upgrade you to a new bigger, thicker piece of
granite for your tablesaw. Or even some of that fake countertop material he
: But not to worry. Robatoy can upgrade you to a new bigger, thicker
: granite for your tablesaw. Or even some of that fake countertop
My SYB has a niece whose husband sell that fake countertop stuff for
Le Grande Orange and I've been trying to get him to fork up a piece big
enough to make a router table out of.
Dave in Houston
You might want to talk to an installer and get a sink cut out. My neighbor
had his counter tops changed out after I redid his cabinets. He use the
locally available, SyleStone, located on the south belt. They don't install
but can recommend an installer. I bet you could call them and see if an
installer could get you a cut out. My neighbor ended up with a decent sized
Sink cutouts should be pretty easy to come by altho most around here
shape them and leave them as cutting boards as a "feature service" kind
of goodwill thingie.
The bulk of those are only 1/2" material thickness and not all that
rigid though so not quite as good a material as it seems on first blush
has been my experience. For smaller pieces it's fine; not quite strong
enough in bigger or for larger routers, at least w/o supporting structure.
Oddly I know of 3 brands offering granite tops. Steel City was the first
IIRC. Add Ridged and Craftsman.
I can see the advantages, no rust, "flat" top that stays that way, and mass
for a smother running machine.
Disadvantages, chipping or breaking, virtually no modifications to the
granite, you may never be able to change fences, no magnets will stick to it
so many new feather boards and jigs are out.
A flat top and less vibration go a long way in improving accuracy. I'd say
granite would be the superior surface if you are willing to take the
precautions, find other ways of using jigs and buy with a good fence to
For me no. I don't baby my tools.
If a lot of granite topped saws end up out in the market, there will be a
great need to secure jigs to the saw. Seems like an opportunity for
somebody. Perhaps a giant suction device similar to what the glass people
use to move those big panes of glass. In a pinch, you could use the Red
Green approach, good ole duct tape!
Not unless there's something causing it which is pretty much independent
of the top.
I can't see granite being a real plus given the issues and the pita
problem it would be if did chip/crack. Seems like a marketing gimmick
to me; I've no clue about whether it's a cost-cutting effort for the
manufacturer or not. Doesn't seem like it must be much cost penalty
anyway given the vendors who are using it.
Absolutely! Stock belts and pulleys on contractor saws can cause a lot of
vibration. Hence the belt and pulley kits that are offered as aftermarket.
Even the better cabinet saw makers are going from the 3 belt set up to the
serpentine automotive type belts as they don't take a set shape.
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