I found a major design flaw with this Hitachi Table saw and it became evident when it caught fire.
The flaw is the angle adjustment is not like the other cabinet saws, for their adjustment handle is strait out the side. This one has two plastic gears that connect and then the angle asjuster is out the front. Well I’m sure everyone knows that fire and plastic do not play well together and when this tablesaw caught fire, it melted the little gears and now the thing doesn’t adjust by the handle, I have to remove a panel and turn the adjusting rod by hand. That, my friends, makes for a pain in the ass. (There is no way to sugar coat this)
Now I want to totally redesign this saw. Replace the (so-called) 3 HP motor with a real 3 HP motor and get a longer shaft and stick it out the side and make the angle adjuster handle like the other guys. (My saw told me “Daddy, I’m not like the other saws, I’m different.”)
After I redesign the handle and give it a bigger motor (maybe V-Twin) I’ll change the name to Binford, and take over the Super-Hero Name of “the Toolman” .
The last thing I want to do is take this makeshift P.O.S. sawdust funnel at the bottom off of it, and put the dust collection to an apron around the bottom so that the sawdust doesn’t collect inside it and catch fire again (The present design has a lip where the sawdust collects and regular vacuming doesn’t get it all because of the deep recesses.
I can do it, I can redesign this saw. I have the technology. I can make it faster, more powerful. And when It’s done, I should send the design to Hitachi and maybe then they can start a fad and along with the other major tool makers make a REAL cabinet saw.
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