|Review by robscastle||posted 03-22-2013 12:03 AM||11009 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I bought this saw specifically for a workshop bench task I had to do, and the small saw I had was not accurate or large enough to cut 300mm wide material.
So as a result if you know of any LJs needing a small drop saw its available see Photo no 2
I have never seen the brand before and was a little hesitant to purchase it first up so some research was conducted to evaluate it and some others I was familar with.
The decision to buy it was based on its price and the ability to cut 300mm wide material.
It was not the cheapest saw available however its features were not repeatable with other brands.
Einhell is a Germany based company with an agent in Melbourne Australia.
The saw is made packed and shipped from within the PRC. Nothing new there!
It is reported to be able to cut light gauge metal and plastics along with wood using one blade
How does it do this?
Well looking at the blade teeth the rake has something to do with it along with the reduction in RPM
Does it work?
Wood yes tends to splinter the wood more due to the low speed
The accuracy of the saw is something that needs to be checked very critically upon assembly and prior to setting to work.
The most obvious error I found was when I applied a straight edge actoss the saw and onto the end supports the allignment was way out.
By adjusting a couple of hex head screws this was rectified.
Precision and repeatability
This subject came to light after I posted my “Test Cubes”
A couple of eagle eyed LJs picked up on errors that were visible in my post.
I guess I should have seen them first however a second pair of eyes certainly convienced me.
The saw was not cutting exactly at 90 deg to the fence.
See the pencil line and the cut line
After it was brought to my attention I rechecked the material and sure enought ther was an error
So I set about methodically correcting the error
First up I added some wooden sleds for the the saw to sit on, I cannot mount it permanently anywhere as my workshop is outside and everything gets packed up and put in the garage. This in not ideal for any of my tools as the more you move precision equipment the more chance you introduce errors.
Vertical 90 and 45 degrees adjustment is done by stop screws at the back in conjunction with the locking screw.
Simply unlock the mech and move to 90 Deg or 45 deg.
Using a precision square check the angle of the blade conforms to the square.
The top screw is for the 45 deg adjustment and is spring loaded, the bottom screw is for the 90 deg adjustment and has a lock nut behind it.
Once everything is calibrated do some test cuts, using the same square draw a line in the timber and do a light cut to check for alignment.
If this OK do a complete 90 deg cut and check it again
Again if everything now OK do a complete 45 deg cut
Gauge it up and check for accuracy.
Using the off cut now assemble the two pieces and check for 90 deg as well
If all is good your good to go.
Good points of the saw
ability to cut 305mm wide, and multi materials, I am always cutting Perspex and it saves having to roll out the table saw.
Not so good points
1. The dust box attached at the back does not like being dropped on the concrete, I unfortunately did this and smashed the plasctic lock tab off along with some other parts of the dust box.
2. There is a gap between the rotating table and the fence, on both sides of the blade, this would not normally be a issue except when cutting four miters on material. The taper can enter the gap and ruin the setup accuracy.
I over came this by making two perspex section for the fence, attached by spring clamps when needed
3. The plastic rollers and “wing”supports are only just servicable, in both the short length and their accuracy.
Value for money: On par with other saws, the real test will be how it performs over time and how often it needs adjusting.
Dust box “throw it away and use your dust extraction system”
Fit for Purpose: Yes
For all the LJ that commented on my “Test Cubes” thank you all as a result I have now a saw which will perform up to the LJs standard and hopefully provided some input to the LJs Site for a change.
Jun 2013 A minor Mod is required.
The clamping device Part No 8 gets in the way when the saw is set for a 45Deg Cut
Wondering how the manufacturer could allow this to happen, I checked the manual.
The recommended set up for the post is to swap it to the right hand side.
So this would be effective if the material being cut extended across as was able to be clamped there, however this was not the case with the job I was doing so I modified the machine to suit.
I discovered this at set up, when I set the saw at 45 deg and went to transport the blade the mech jammed on the post. See attached photo showing The post Item No 8
I cut about 15mm from the end of the post.
Ground the material neatly and reinserted the post
Checked the clearance and all was well
Update Apr 2014
Whilst in Sydney I was at Bunnings with my son and saw the exact same saw there for $150. mumble mumble !!
-- Regards Robert