|Review by Pie||posted 09-11-2011 04:43 PM||5473 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I was told the saw would be received in a week and I got it in about 4 days which was really nice. I also bought the stand that goes with the saw for an extra $46 and it was money well spent. The stand was very easy to assemble.
I unpacked the saw (I bought a Used but New one) and could tell the saw had been opened and then repacked. The saw was in perfect condition, no scratches or blemishes at all. I picked the saw up and placed it on the stand and put the tear drop table on which was a snap. I looked for the 2 bolts to mount the table to the saw and found they were missing. These were M8 Hex head machine screws so my local hardware store carried them, costing about $.86 a piece. When I went to insert the blades I noticed the thumbscrews were also missing. These are M6 screws so I went to the hardware store and bought 2 M6 hex head machine screws and these worked. I super glued an Allen wrench into the hex heads for a better handle to tighten the screws with. Another part, the foot which holds the material down was also missing (yes I was upset at this point but trudged on). This piece I could not purchase locally so I called Amazon and told hem via Chat what my situation was. They offered me a $25 refund but I wanted to see what all these parts would cost me, which was around $40 with shipping. So I contacted Amazon the following night via chat and explained my situation and they gave me a %20 refund which was very nice, no questions asked etc. So even though I was missing a few parts I was still able to use the saw which cost me $400 with free shipping.
Now on how the saw performed. I previously owned a Hitachi scroll saw and this thing vibrated like there was no tomorrow. Hard to control and the blades kept popping out. The DW788 does not accept pin-in blades but that’s fine with me. When I turned on the DW788, it was so smooth and so easy to use, I wondered why I ever bought anything else. So easy to change and tighten the blade, you can slow the speed down very easily, I was like a kid in a candy shop. Heck I didn’t want to go to bed it worked so nice. I had read about a guy who did a vibration test by balancing a nickel on his work bench to see it the vibration would knock it over. I didn’t have a coin so I placed my beer on the saw table and it did not budge. WOW! an excellent saw plus a beer holder.
Anyway, I would definitely repeat the purchase even with the minor hiccups,