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Assembly is fairly quick and easy, aside from a little heavy lifting, and involves mounting the cast-iron saw frame to the lower steel cabinet and aligning the pulleys. The closed cabinet is well-machined and solid as a rock.
The table tilts for beveled cuts with a 45-degree range to the right and 10 degrees to the left. It's easily done, but we'd like to see the under-table gauge enlarged for readability's sake. And each time you tilt the table, be sure to reset the table leveling mechanism when setting it back to 0.
A 3/4-inch blade on this machine does a superb job of resawing, with almost no vibration. With a 1/8-inch blade mounted, tight-radius curves are no problem. Blade changes take a bit of time and effort, but that's the nature of the band saw.
The miter gauge slot is a standard size, letting you upgrade to a super after-market gauge if you choose to. We like this saw because of wide speed range, enabling you to cut a wide variety of material in addition to wood: plastic, Bakelite, composites, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. To change speed, you'll have to move the clutch and reposition the drive belt, not a difficult process. Doing that gives you options that range from 40 feet per minute for steel up to 3,000 feet per minute for wood.
And while this isn't a huge feature, we still want to mention that we appreciate the way Wilton's surround the power-on button with a molded guard so it can't be turned on accidentally.
The dust chute is a nice addition, and connected to an extraction system or vacuum, does a darned good job of keeping the mess to a minimum. In all, this is an extremely well-made, hard-working that saw will serve you well if you take care of it.--Kris Jensen-Van Heste