Well…expensive in comparison or not! so far I am very impressed.
We were outside the shop at 7.15am this morning trailer in tow, not that I was keen or anything, but if not there early there would be no chance of parking, the shop opened at 7.30 am prompt, and after checking the saw over and seeing that it does indeed function, four men loaded it into the trailer, which was somewhat worrying, as we had to unload at home.
From the City Centre, it was off to Homecenter to buy a couple of sheets of Ply, here we have two options, ‘pine’ or ‘furniture’, and in 18mm they only stock ‘furniture which is the equivalent of $35 / £23 a sheet (8×4) which was $10.50 / £6.50 cheaper than elsewhere , then we headed home.
The Ply I had had cut in half, so I had 4 X 48” x 48”, which I unloaded, and then we scratched our heads, there was no response from the neighbours, they had obviously seen what was wanted and not answered the door ha I wouldn’t have blamed them, but honestly I think they were out! My Wife, gritty as ever said she could manage, as we only had to get it 2ft from the trailer to the floor, then it could be moved on it’s wheels, a trial lift, and she had no problem, come the lift, and she lost her grip about 6” off the ground, and down it went with a bump, trying my hardest not to wince, I showed concern for Marcela, as it had caught her leg, she doesn’t have much luck when helping me out! anyway it turns out nothing serious, she just wont be wearing a skirt for a week or two.
Fortunately no damage to the saw, so as with all things I purchase, I read the instruction book first, and was extremely glad I had bought the demo, and didn’t have to build it out of a box, I just had to fit the levelling screws for the insert plate, and adjust the riving knife so that it was in place. I am afraid I am a Health & Safety nightmare, I don’t use the blade safety guard or pawls, never have done, so they have gone into storage. I then adjusted the 90° and 45° stop screws until the blade was spot on.
Time to strike up… it is so quiet compared with the old saw, I did one cut at 90° and had to make a slight adjustment, but then it was like a knife through butter and spot on with the angle, I just kept going, truing up some reclaimed timber for a table in the gazebo, I was sorry when I ran out of timber!
Some of the reviews I read, criticise the rip fence, but so far I have been more than happy with it. A bit of moving around in the workshop, and the now has it’s storage place, when in use it will be wheeled out.
After one session the pros and cons of this saw:
Pros, very quiet, surprisingly accurate (I may be overdoing the praise on that, because I had lived with the other one for so long!), it has a 4” duct for dust collection at the bottom of a chute, which as I don’t have a dust collection system, leaves a tidy pile of sawdust to scoop up, which makes life so much easier than in the past.
The right side only as the rails front and back with a rail between the two to act as a support for long timber, it would have been nice if that was either adjustable or removable as it takes up a lot of space when the saw is not in use.
There is no rear outfeed support, my old one had an extending support, I am going to have to make something to use for outfeed, it won’t be a table, because the saw will be moved about.
Overall, I am more than happy, and this saw will more than fulfil my needs, now to sell the old one!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright