|Review by Wodbug||posted 03-17-2011 03:18 PM||8328 views||1 time favorited||23 comments|
After reading the many reviews here both pro & con, and seeing the many years all of them were written, I thought to start a new thread to add my 2 cents worth. My saw was bought in 2005, replacing a 25 year old 10” Craftsman that was given to a close friend.
The pro & cons: The fence is quite flimsy and very difficult to keep adjusted, so I bought a 26” utility fence from Rockler. After a tedius install having to drilll additional holes for brackets, and using some angled aluminum bars for reinforcement, great results and a very good fence.
Saw alignment, out of the box, was excellent; have had to realign once over the years and the experience taught me to be a contortionist. 3 years so far and still aligned. The side wings leave very much to be desired.
The dust chute works vey well even with a small shop vac. The gears and adjustment parts need air pressure cleaning now & then, but what saw doesn’t?
Factory wiring is for 120V, which produces about 1.5HP. After talking with Hitachi and advised 220V would produce 3HP, I changed the wiring. What a difference; Startup is almost instant with no spoolup; the torque produced had me bolting the legs to the shop floor. There is no loss of speed even when ripping oak and other hard wood, and minimal vibration. The motor is completely sealed from dust and chips.
The slots in both miter tracks have high spots that will cause the OEM miter gauge to wobble. So, I bought a precision miter from Rockler with an adjustable lower bar which helped a little. I am now in he process of grinding the high spots with my dremel; hope this will fix the problem. Hitachi would have replaced the table if I had discovered this issue during warranty. Oh well…
I have searched the net for cast iron wings for this saw but it seems Delta is the only maker and they have not produced any for many months now. Delta has been sold and is now a Chinese company. Sad, my search is over, I do not need a router extension wing.
For the money, you will not find a better saw, even having to purchase the aftermarket items and I recommend this saw for anyone with a home shop and a short budget. Try to buy a 3HP saw anywhere for $500.00.