Check the parts list at the back of the manual--it's got a single belt,
lightweight trunnions, etc.. Basically that saw is a hybrid, with the
guts of a contractor saw mounted to the cabinet. For many people it
will be completely adequate.
The 35623 is the "real" cabinet saw with 3 belts, and it weights about
130 lbs more than the 35606. It also costs $750 more.
I really don't need a "real" cabinet saw.... hmmmm.... I guess having
only one belt, the blade will prolly be more likely to stall in wood.
But having three horses, it will chew the belt up faster, maybe?
Hmmmm... also considering the Delta Hybrid but like the 5 year
warranty on the Steel City.
Anyone have the Steel City?
I wouldn't be particularly worried from that standpoint unless the
intent is to do a lot of heavy-thickness, extremely hard (harder than
just oak/maple). A single belt is easily capable of 3-hp if properly
tensioned w/o excess wear.
Why do you ask? Powermatic has been using a single serpentine belt on their
66 for years. If it has the serpentine belt with work as well as 3 belts
and tends to not vibrate as much as regular v-belts.
I have the Steel City 35675 3hp Hybrid Saw.
It has a single ribbed belt driving the arbor.
The belt is a bit more robust than the 1.75hp
saws but it must be carefully installed on the
pulleys in order to transfer the full power of the
larger motor. Unfortunately, it is very difficult
to align the belt on the pulleys with the table
in place. I made the mistake of removing mine,
re-installing it not riding on all the ribs and the
belt failed. Steel City replaced it within 3 day,
no questions asked. I really like this saw with
a few caveats.The base of all these Orion saws
is too small for the big top and wings to ride on
a mobile base without rocking somewhat. After
having my saw rock while making a narrow cut
(with push stick) I removed the mobile base and
am lots happier with the stability now. The
gearing is not much more robust than a contractors
saw, (this goes for all the hybrids). I hear that Steel
City will be featuring a stone table on this saw soon.
This might be a reason to consider it. However,
If you are wanting a "Real Cabinet Saw" this isn't
it. i.e. Look at the Grizzly
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