easterngray wrote:Can I use a 10" blade once I upgrade? Is the 3/4 horsepower sufficient for a 10" blade?
How difficult or time consuming is it to remove the tables/rails when one changes modes - (saw to lathe or VDP for instance)? Is there alot of realigning when They are reinstalled?
What additional costs are inherent with a 520 upgrade that are not part of the package? Table inserts for instance... Anything else?
Thanks alot! Alec
You need new saw blade arbors, the 520 ones are different. I don't do any realigning when I replace tables it takes a few minutes. If you look in the latest catalog you will see several items that list two part numbers 500 or 510/520 if you own one of these you will need some kind of upgrade. The rear extension table needs new (or modified) wooden blocks.
You can use a thin kerf blade which requires less horsepower. I use mostly 5/8" arbors so I can get any blade but I do like my Shopsmith carbide blades and I use the larger Shopsmith arbors with them for additional stability.