Ttrees":29h4lq2i said:Thanks Beau for replying with an in depth description.
I must agree, I think the steel is a bit thin on these machines also, I was trying to get an idea if these saws can
handle a 1" blade on the American forums.
(1997 ACM star frame, Griggio SNA600 vintage, which I believe its not changed since.)
I have only ran thin 1" blades on it or 3/4" heavier gauge.
I suspect my frame could be a bit damaged from over tensioning at some point in its life....
Or it could be that it took a fall at some point
Threads damaged in frame for upper wheel mounting, (the part that the tensioning mechanism casting bolts to)....
and a broken off threaded part in the trunnion casting, that the single bolt engages, (which I might add is the only thing holding the table on :shock: )
The table is cast on these as evident from the deep scratches on mine
It must have been used for pallets or something
This could be the reason why there was a big lump missing from the bottom wheel also.
Now, I have anything but crisp edges on this thing, so have to guess it could be the reason why blades are dancing back to the thrust guide, and towards the user.
I have dressed them flat (as good as can be done. I probably have done a wip somewhere)
I have another tire that I may put on soon, thinner than the original vulcanised rubber though, so I've nothing to
loose, by dressing the tire down to reclaim more edge "real estate" as the Americans say.
I would like it to be a bit more robust, but then I'd not be able to lift it.
Table off, of course, (will be taking off wheels anymore, since its so easy, I found out, this needs to be done
to check the progress of the wheels when dressing them ...your eyes play tricks on you, judging flat inside cabinet
That's probably more than you guys want to know, but maybe some may find it useful info.
Sorry to be so disparaging about a saw you have. I am probably making the Griggio sound worse than it was. It's partly related to expectation based on money spent. My first saw was the Kity 613 which for £500 took all I ever through at it. Very strong frame but basic guides but it could be set up to do precise work. I was building a large boat so upgraded to a much bigger saw in the form of the Griggio at 4x the price. It was not 4x the machine as mentioned the relatively week chassis was my biggest gripe as it made it unrealistic to properly tension large blades (1") for re-sawing. With smaller blades and some aftermarket guides I am sure it could perform very well. Good luck with your machine and I am sure the tyres can be sorted out. If you cant get tyres from the manufacturer you can get cork on a roll from Scott and Sargent to make up you own band. Good luck