|Review by lots2learn||posted 06-06-2011 09:37 AM||10539 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
After reading some positive reviews about this tablesaw I finally decided to pull the trigger only to find some unfavorable reviews after. Hopefully my review helps others make a decision either way.
My previous tablesaw is an old Craftsman built in 1971. It’s like an old hybrid saw and well built but lacked dust collection and a splitter or riving knife. Safety is a big concern and this is a positive step until I can purchase a Sawstop cabinet saw.
The package arrived in good shape only 4 days after my order. I love the quick turn around. The installation was pretty straight forward with good instructions. My first impression was that the trunions did seem more lightweight then my previous saw but everything moved smoothly and appeared sturdy. There were some parts that appeared to be skimped on but I don’t think they will affect the saws performance but time will tell if the settings hold well over time. The saw runs very smoothly and quietly. I lack 220V so I converted to 110v. The change was easy. I just bought a cord from the local hardware store and followed the instructions. The inability to lock the fence settings with a lock nut or something, which others have mentioned in earlier reviews, is a concern but I have yet to try the plastic part fix others have recommended.
After reading various reviews I was inspired to use a veritas level, feeler gauges, created a couple jigs for my dial indicator and off I went. Following are my measurements:
Table top flatness—.004 variance with a dip around the blade opening
runout on arbor itself—less than .001
Miter slot to blade alignment— .0025, adjust to less than .001
Miter slot to fence alignment— adjusted to .005, there is some wavyness on the fence.
fence deflection—.006, used what I thought was a realistic amount of pressure
measured from the center the blade did move out .006 from 2.5” above the table (had stabilizer on blade and any higher and it interferes with the cut) to as low as I could measure.
Keep in mind I am measuring off of my forest woodworker blade and there is room for human error, but I think these variations are acceptable. If you guys think otherwise please feel free to share your opinions.
Overall I am happy so far.