|Review by cliffton||posted 01-02-2010 06:28 AM||7703 views||2 times favorited||33 comments|
just as a disclaimer my last table saw was a craftsman benchtop tablesaw. It worked well for what it was meant for but I was quickly running into its limitations and was getting quite upset with it.
This is my first what i would like to call my first “real” table saw in that its meant for precision work and not basically a circle saw mounted upside down.
Man this thing was a bugger to find, I called every HD in west TX and east NM and found that one of the Amarillo stores had six of em. Talked to a manager and got an instant 15% off. Paid for it over the phone to reserve it. that was 9am, got there at around 2pm to pick it up and found that the only ones left were mine and the display model. Got six of the HD worker bees to load it in the back of my Xterra, by the way it will fit, if you take it off the pallet.
We got it home and then had to figure out how to get it out. I took all the cardboard off and all the misc pieces off to get the weight down and was able to slide it out the back without dropping it or killing myself.
I put it together in my living room as its the warmest place, and found the instructions were almost useless, as in at least it had pictures. Two things I noticed dead wrong where putting the lift on before the plastic tray and putting the power switch on before you bolt on the grounding strap.
The first thing i noticed is i have a chip at the edge of the left rear center piece, its about 1/8 inch round. annoying but does not impact use at all.
I went to tune it best as i could as i don’t have a dial indicator but i did my best and i think it is pretty dang close to dead on. the wings were a little finicky to get right but I eventually got them as flat as i need. the fence is a bit more wobbly than i would like but i am attributing that to the fact that the front rail is mild 2 inch square tube which is a very poor choice for tolerances and the back support is angle iron, another poor choice. these will one day be upgraded to extruded aluminum. One thing that stood out to me was the throat plate rear support was very loose and wobbled all over the place til i tightened the bolts. Another thing i noticed is that the blade does not retract that far below the surface. maybe 3/8s of an inch. so making a ZCI is a little trickier but not too dificult. The last thing i noticed is the rumble on shutdown which according to many is due to the belt. will have to get one to see if it helps.
most importantly it makes dam fine sawdust.
overall i would say its an excellent saw for 400$ final price after all discounts and family/friends mail in.