|Review by dustbunny||posted 01-21-2010 02:06 AM||15278 views||2 times favorited||61 comments|
I know your probably thinking…”HF, if it’s anything like some of the other things they sell, it’s not worth it”
But read on…
I was very reluctant to buy this saw, and debated about it for several months. Then HF had a 25% discount coupon the day after Christmas, only to be used on New Years Day. I figured the math and this TS was going to cost $562.50, original price $750.00. So I bit the bullet and ordered it.
3 HP motor, 230V, single phase; Max. speed: 4150 RPM; No load amps: 6.9; Start-up amps: 10; Cutting cap.: 3-1/8”
90//, 2-1/8" 45°; Max. rip cut: 30” Right/ 12” Left, Table dim.: 20-1/8” W x 27-1/8”D
Weight: 480 lbs.
Precision ground cast iron table with stress-free saw arbor to reduce vibration
Precision miter gauge with adjustable slide bar
Triple V-belt drive system creates more power
Solid steel extension wings
Anti-kickback mounted blade guard
Easy access motor door
Magnetic safety switch
Cast iron trunnions
The specs compare similar to most TS of this size. I figure that there are not that many TS factories in Taiwan/China so the chances are this comes from the same factory as some of the name brand, maybe as a “not perfect but still good” unit. I’m not into having to have a name brand, as long as it is functional and accurate.
I was amazed when I opened the box after trucking it home. It is solid, and the construction is better than I had imagined.
The Table T-slots are perfectly parallel to the blade. No adjustments needed.
After making all the adjustments to the fence, miter, and splitter, this saw cuts perfect. No burning, no blade marks even with my old blade, and it purrs quietly. I am VERY pleased with this purchase.
I didn’t give it a 5 star because there were a few things that could have been better.
1. The manual- I think the manual is old, and modifications have not been updated in writing. But, it’s not rocket science and was easy enough to figure out.
2. A few little things like casting slag on the underside of the table where bolts tighten down. Fixed it with a file. There were no instructions on adjusting the fence, figured it out, needed to purchase longer set screws. The perfect locking adjustment left about one thread hanging on. Easy fix. Now it’s perfect !!
For the money I paid, and what I have, this was definitely worth it. Even if it isn’t labeled Grizzly, Jet, or Delta
I works like a champ.
I recommend this saw as an upgrade from a bench top or contractors saw without spending a ton of money.
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