|Review by gbook2||posted 07-20-2010 09:24 PM||6541 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
This turned out to be a very good saw, but only after experiencing a lot of problems with manufacturing defects.Positives are as follows:
- the saw is very solid at 270 lbs, and the built in caster set makes moving it very easy
- there are few cheap plastic parts, everything is cast iron, steel, or aluminum
- the built in riving knife / splitter is very nice
- arbor lock is nice when changing blades
- fence is 30”
- it has hooks on the side of the saw for all the accessories
- Sears delivery and their parts department are helpful
- powerful, quiet, dust collection seems ok
- some parts might be junk and bad quality
- the included blade is junk and I didn’t use it
- the washers for the trunnion bolts are too thin and bend when tightened (can easily be replaced with thicker washers)
- steel extension wings aren’t close to being level with the main table when attached (can be leveled by using the fence rails to hold them in place)
- knob to tighten/loosen the riving knife is hard to get to
The first saw I got would change alignment as the blade was raised and lowered. The fence ruler also peeled off. Sears was very nice about it, and the delivery truck came, picked up the defective one out of my basement, and dropped off a new one in the garage. Second saw I got had a crooked front fence rail, causing the fence to be out of alignment depending on how far from the blade it was. The saw also had a crooked miter gauge bar. I contacted the Sears parts group and they sent a new miter gauge bar. I tried to get new rails, but they have a $50 parts replacement limit, so they sent a technician out to look at it. The tech knew nothing about table saws, and I think he was more familiar with appliances, but I was able to show him the problem and he ordered the new rails. They arrived a week later and I replaced them.
Through an accounting error on Sears’ end, I also ended up with 3 extra miter gauge bars. This turned out to be very good because only 1 of them was straight. Either the manufacturer doesn’t check the parts before they leave the factory or they warp on the boat from China. Now, 3 months after I ordered the table saw, I have a complete functioning unit.
Overall, I would recommend this saw because of all the features and excellent price. For $300 more, I could get a Grizzly contractor or hybrid saw, but I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money for something I use on weekends. The only downside to this saw is the terrible quality control of its parts.