Well, my new 7x12 "Deluxe" bandsaw from Enco arrived the other day. I was happy to see that the cheap Chinese shipping crate made it here intact and not smashed to bits. The first thing I looked at through the openings in the crate was the motor fan housing, since 3 machines I looked at in local HF stores all had broken housings. Seeing how that part of the motor sits right at the edge of the crate, I now understand WHY they were all broken. The good news is mine was unharmed.
The bad news:
The bracket that is supposed to hold the bow to the base during shipping was not bolted to the base, allowing the bow to bounce around. This of course did some minor damage to the power on/off toggle switch rubber cover and "auto off" bracket. Covers are torn and would allow coolant to run down into the switch if splashed.
Both drive and driven pulleys are in the same orientation - that is, small pulleys at the top and large pulleys at the bottom. WTH???
The driven pulley should be just the opposite, but I can't turn it around because the shank with the set screws is on the wrong side, and would stick out past the end of the gear box shaft. Bill Pace's thread shows how it should look. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=28590
My driven pulley is backwards from his. Kinda makes it impossible to make any speed changes.
Also I paid the extra $$ for the "UL" motor, but it appears to be the same one as on Bill's "standard" saw motor.
Bill: If you could provide the part number from your motor plate, it would be appreciated...
I have emails into Enco about all this. Will see how they handle it. (queue the Jeopardy music...)
I was surprised at least to find that when running it is a VERY quiet machine!
edit: One other "plus" is it also now has a "pull handle" bolted to the front of the cabinet for lifting and moving.