|Review by jeepers06||posted 12-13-2011 06:14 PM||10187 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I have had my Hitachi for a couple of years. I have used it for ripping while building a huge deck on my house and also for various woodworking projects.
I have noticed the Hitachi brand at lowes is now porter cable and brown. I bought my drill press there also, says Delta on mine and Porter cable on the new ones. I think Hitachi is juat a name (like sears) and these things are made on bid in China.
I also only gave $300 for mine. I had coupon and the saw was on sale.
I have actually been pleased over all with my saw. I try to use sharp blades with thin kerfs on them when doing woodwork. There is a slight about of play in the fence, I always clamp my fence where I want it when doing precision work. I also use a sled for better control and have not had enough wobble or unout on the saw to have a problem.
I agree that the dust collecion leaves a lot of dust that is not removed. It requires taking out the plate an manually vacuming. I think one could place some plastic panels to assist with the collection, hasen’t been a problem for me so far.
Overall for me, for $300, this has been a great saw. Eventually I will upgrade, but for general purpose use and occasional furniture building, its been great.
-- Boyd Pettitt Stockbridge, Georgia