|Review by Manitario||posted 10-20-2010 05:39 AM||4659 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
After outgrowing my $100 Ryobi TS; I decided rather than slightly upgrade, to buy a saw that (hopefully) will last a lifetime. I decided on a granite top TS partly due to the climate I live in; it goes down to -30 in the winter, and I didn’t want my top to warp or rust when I heat my garage. Assembly was relatively pain free; it involved attaching the extension wing, the fence guide bars and the plug; overall about 3h worth of work. The fence needed a very slight adjustment to be parallel with the blade which was easily done. The TS came with choice of a blade guard or a riving knife.
So far, I am very happy with this saw. It cuts accurately and smoothly and appears to have plenty of power (although I haven’t tested it with any thick hardwood yet). The dust collection, as with a lot of TS’s is just so-so. The saw has a 4” port for DC at the back, but this does little to capture the stream of dust off the blade. I’ve seen some blade guard DC contraptions, both home made and for sale, which may be a worthwhile future upgrade.
Overall, great saw, for a reasonable price.
So, thought I’d update this review a bit after using it over the past 4 months. I’m still pretty happy with the saw; I finally got a good quality dial indicator and was able to really accurately assess it. The mitre slot is parallel to the blade to within 0.002” and the arbor runout is ~0.002”. Needless to say, I’ve found the saw cuts very accurately. I love that I don’t have to worry about the surface rusting as I do with my other stationary tools, a wipe with some stone cleaner is all it needs from time to time.
A few minor annoyances; unlike some other TS I’ve seen, the throat plate is held down by 4 screws rather than a pin. This makes for a bit more of a hassle when changing it often, eg. switching to my dado plate etc. As well, I’m lazy and would rather just buy a couple of pre-made zero clearance inserts than make them myself, but I have not been able to find anywhere anyone that makes them for this TS.
As well, the mitre slot on both sides of the blade is pretty tight; I should probably look into adjusting the extension wings but can’t be bothered right now.
Otherwise, still a great saw and I’m happy with the purchase.
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