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#1 posted 01-03-2013 11:56 PM

I have the same saw. Its a finicky bitch. Here are my thoughts:

I dont use the blade guard and laser track. It makes the saw more dangerous than it is without it. Riving knife only. Please make your own desicion about this as this is just my opinion.
I use the most expensive saw blades I can find. Lots of binding/power and quality of cut finish issues is (imo) as result of low quality blades, dull blades or wrong choice blade for type of wood or cut.
I make my own track guides and jigs.
I use a sled that is larger than the table.
The fence, well it just sucks. And because of the clamping mechanism you cant set it were the miter track is. I use sized spacers between my fence and blade if that is an issue.
Measure at both sides of the blade to the fence and never trust the printed scale. As a matter of fact I have tape over mine.
Same for the tilt. I measured and cut angle jigs to set the angle if I tilt it.
The lift mechanism will jam up if you dont keep the screw threads clean. But its easy to flip over and clean.

All in all its not a bad saw. I like mine. Its certainly not a cabinet saw and Im sure there are better ones out there. Its powerfull enough for what I need, pretty mobile in my small workshop space and, just like a woman, if you finesse it, it will treat you right.

I am saving up for a Sawstop though.

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