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I had to remove the top air tube and plug the holes in both the water trap and the tank so only regulated air will go into the tank. The bottom tube doesn't go into the tank, it's just there to mount the 2" pipe to the tank.

I used a borrowed air driven Dynabrade tool last night to remove parts of the welds between the tank and the 2" pipe the mini grinders couldn't reach. I was so impressed at how well the Dynabrade worked between the tank and pipe I had to order this electric version for myself.

http://www.abglovesandabrasives.com/servlet/the-342/Dynabrade-40610-Electric-Dynafile/Detail
 

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Gee Jim, Ellis is just down the street from me and never heard of them until now. So, how long have you had the saw and are they pricey? I am going to have to do more checking into these. Thanks.
 

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Randy Ellis has a stellar reputation for being a rugged and dependable dry cut saw. I've had mine since 2003, God only knows how many cuts I've made with it. I've only had to replace two blade guide bearings on the saw since I have owned it.

I priced my saw in 80 mile radius, I bought it back then for $1600-$1700, I would have to look at the receipt. I ended up buying my saw from a large welding repair shop in my area which is around 30 miles away from me. They use Ellis machines day in and day out, it's where I learned about Ellis.

Don't let the "wet saw" "dry saw" question be what you base your decision to buy a saw on. The steel they make blades out of today can handle the heat and there is no mess to clean up with a dry saw... I wouldn't own anything but a dry cut saw. If do just a little checking you will find Ellis saws are very well respected in the steel business.

The Ellis saw was the first tool I bought for the new shop..I also have their belt grinder which has been a trouble free tool also .


added~ Randy I'm having second thoughts about the price I paid for the saw.............. later tonight I'll get the receipt out. Now I'm thinking I paid around $2200.
 

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No matter what saw you buy be sure to hold the cutting head up with a long enough block of wood to keep tension off the rear cutting head springs to prevent them from becoming stretched and weakened over time.:good2:
 

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Both Ellis and Dake are common names in any commercial shop...top quality stuff for sure.
 

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I checked my receipt, it was $2450, but I added the side stock roller table, don't know for sure how much extra it cost.
 

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Got the blaster painted today, tomorrow I'll plumb it up and cut the axles off to their right length. I'll be using the new Dynabrade tool if it comes tomorrow to chamfer the ends of the axles. Holding a new quality tool in my hands is almost as exciting for me as the first time. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

I'll show the finished sandblaster in the Redo Redo Redo thread tomorrow.

under the bags and paper is black bed liner.
 

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Randy Ellis has a stellar reputation for being a rugged and dependable dry cut saw. I've had mine since 2003, God only knows how many cuts I've made with it. I've only had to replace two blade guide bearings on the saw since I have owned it.

I priced my saw in 80 mile radius, I bought it back then for $1600-$1700, I would have to look at the receipt. I ended up buying my saw from a large welding repair shop in my area which is around 30 miles away from me. They use Ellis machines day in and day out, it's where I learned about Ellis.

Don't let the "wet saw" "dry saw" question be what you base your decision to buy a saw on. The steel they make blades out of today can handle the heat and there is no mess to clean up with a dry saw... I wouldn't own anything but a dry cut saw. If do just a little checking you will find Ellis saws are very well respected in the steel business.

The Ellis saw was the first tool I bought for the new shop..I also have their belt grinder which has been a trouble free tool also .


added~ Randy I'm having second thoughts about the price I paid for the saw.............. later tonight I'll get the receipt out. Now I'm thinking I paid around $2200.
Jim, I did some research and Ellis does make a really nice saw. He quoted me $2395 distributor pricing, lists $3295 (model 1600). Jim, what model do you have? They make a REALLY nice drill press also.

Check 'em out.

http://www.ellissaw.com/
 

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Randy I have the 1600 model with the stock roller table extension option, it's a worthwile option to have.

I ordered the cutting table for it last week so I can use it like a verticle bandsaw, it should be getting here soon. When I get it I'll put it on the saw and post pictures for you. I paid $70 + shipping for it.

One could be built but I'm way behind on everything due to our long winter and hot summer, I just don't have the time or desire to build one.

Their drill presses sure are nice, everything they make is of the higest quality. I have their belt sander too.

If you buy the saw I can give you some valuable pointers on how not to ruin blades.

You have to make sure anything you cut in the saw is securly clamped. When you're cutting odd shapes and pieces with bolt heads and attached pieces on the bottom or sides you have to shim behind and under the piece being cut to get a firm hold on them so the saw doesn't yank the piece off the table and ruin the blade. I keep two 18" vise grip clamps by the saw just for odd shapped pieces and when the vice that comes with the saw can't be used.
 

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I sure find that top quality tools are far more enjoyable to use than HF class junk.
 

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I sure find that top quality tools are far more enjoyable to use than HF class junk.
My buddy gave me a HF class of mini grinder, I don't think it did an honest 1/2 hour's worth of work before it died in the middle of a job and went into the garbage can.
 
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