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#1 posted 02-05-2013 04:47 AM

I bought this saw the other day and I’m about ready to return it for a nicer saw….I’ve been lurking for quite a while and I thought this would be a good saw with the small amount of research I did. Now that I know it’s basically the same as so many other saws out there and the trade-offs with the price I think I’d rather not have one than be perpetually disappointed.

I’ve spent a good deal of time getting it straight, but with the skew in the blade I’m really having a tough time keeping it.

Although I built a table with it (my first real woodworking project) I was disappointed in the cuts and when I made the chamfer cuts on the long aprons I really noticed how out of alignment it was. I thought “good enough” was fine when I initially put it together, and now I’m just really annoyed all the way around (both with my expectations and also the consideration of doubling my tool outlay – NOT planned).

The best alignment I can get is .005 out, and that’s with a LOT of tweaking on the trunions. I’m betting that over time given I had to horse them over pretty substantially (and under a constant load) it’s only a matter of time before the blade is out of alignment again. Where the trunions WANT to be without my tweaking with the largest screwdriver in my arsenal is .010” which sounds awfully familiar to other folks’ measurement.

And seeing the fence move alignment as I move it over is pretty annoying to me. I really don’t want to have to square up the saw blade and fence every time I move something – or will I anyway no matter what I get?

Guess I could hold on to it, then sell and wait for a ‘good’ deal on a nice saw. Apparently all the good deals that were going on at the end of the year are over. Nonetheless the hickey I’d take on not being able to return the saw would probably off set any savings with waiting for a nice one to go on sale.

Eh. I thought I was getting a “good” saw, but I’d say not good enough for me and my specifications, apparently. Guess I’ll be waiting a bit longer on the router. :(

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