|Review by Dustin||posted 02-21-2013 05:28 AM||5108 views||0 times favorited||32 comments|
Don’t see too many people around with sliders so I wanted to talk about mine for a bit. The outrigger table holds your work while it slides past the blade so cutting panels is a breeze. It’s harder to rip solid wood down but I do that as well. This model has a 5.5 hp 3 phase motor so it doesn’t break a sweat cross cutting 2” hickory. The outrigger has an adjustable stop and stays at 90 degrees exactly. I can easily move it to whatever angle down to 45 degrees.
This is a 2007 model so it has the new xroll slider which is very impressive. It’s anodized aluminum so it’s pretty strong but I worry about scratching it up sometimes. So far it’s handled pretty well.
The scoring blade works extremely well with veneer that normally tend to blow out.
I am very familiar with table saws. I most commonly use a SawStop 7.5 hp industrial, and contractor saws. This saw is by far more comfortable to use for cutting panels but slower at ripping down lumber by a little bit. The fence on this slider is solid and also superior to any fence I have used on a regular table saw.
Dust collection is impressive using suction from both under the blade and above it. Of course I am also probably overdoing it a bit with the 3hp dust collector. I probably only needed half that.
The KF700SP is a saw/shaper but I don’t use the shaper because I have four others in the shop that work perfectly fine. If I ever get a bigger slider I’ll end up setting this one up as a dedicated shaper.
The slider is sturdy enough that I can sit on one end and let it slide all the way out without a worry of deflection. It’s an 1800 lb beast that’s not so much fun trying to move around.
I got this baby off of craigslist for a total cost of $7500 with a phase converter. It was worth every penny.