|Review by solidoak||posted 01-10-2010 05:24 PM||5523 views||1 time favorited||32 comments|
Let me perfectly honest and up front here. I have owned the Hitachi CW-40 for about a year now. In some categories it performs very well. For instance, I like the soft start feature and the saw has very little vibration. But I consider there to be at least 2 MAJOR PROBLEMS with this saw.
1. The first problem is that it will not accept a spiral pinless blade. I have tried just about everything to install a spiral blade in this saw, but nothing I do works. The blade kinks, or breaks, or slips, every single time. I have ruined numerous blades trying to get them to work. The Hitachi owners manual says the CW-40 will accept pinless blades, but I have found this to be less than truthfull. This means that when trying to do inlay or marquetry where where a spiral blade is needed, that the Hitachi CW-40 is just about completely useless. At the present time I use the saw only occasionally, for simple curves and cutoffs.
2. The second problem is a lack of help and concern from Hitachi. I contacted a Hitachi Rep, asking if there was some sort of retrofit kit to alleviate the problem with pinless blades or to if he had any suggestions on how to make spiral blades work. His answer was NO and NO. He simply told me to contact a repair facility.
I have still to this day not found a satisfactory solution to the spiral blade problem. Although, this machine scores well in other areas such as low vibration, I am not able to use it for some very simple scroll saw tasks, due to the poor design of the machine. This coupled with the lack of help from Hitachi scores it a grand total of 2 stars in my book.