|Review by Mainiac Matt||posted 01-10-2014 05:00 PM||3042 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I purchased this new in ‘96 from Woodworkers Whse, in a package deal with a stand for ~$400. Milwaukee chop saws and sliders were the king of the hill back then, as the only dual bevel miter SCMS on the market, with the motor mounted high and belt drive, was the Hitachi, and it was a lot more expensive. This is b4 the day of the 12” DeWalt sliders, which took over the market several years later.
This saw has proven to be a real work horse. I was building a timber frame house at the time and I used the saw to cut and miter several dozen 3×5 oak timbers for use as braces, and then used the saw to kerf out the lap joints (like a skinny dado). I made roof trusses and stair stringers, etc…. The miter lock mechanism is solid and the ball detents give very accurate and repeatable miter cuts. I also built a stick framed addition, shed, pole barn with timber purlins and board and batton siding and solid lumber decked loft, and a tree house with the saw, and have brought it out to dozens of job sites to help friends. I can’t count how many times it’s been left set up out in the rain, with a plastic bag over the head.
I went on to purchase a nice 60 tooth ATB blade and have done all the cuts for our stained pine trim. The cuts are very smooth, so I’m even using it for finish cuts on my furniture projects.
Some time along the way, the electric brake stopped working 100% of the time, and eventually degraded to seldom working at all. Then a few months ago, after 17 years of service, the saw “ghost started” twice on me, while I was at the other end of my shop.
Even though blowing out the switch with air seemed to solve the “ghost starting” problem, I decided this faithful friend rated some TLC and ordered a new switch, and, even though they were only ~ 1/4 worn, I ordered new brushes as well (why pay shipping twice?)
So last night I gave the saw a thorough vacuuming and blew out the motor housing, and replaced the switch and brushes. It was a little tricky getting access to the switch without completely pulling the blade guard, but changing the brushes was a breeze. Low and behold…. the electric brake works like new again
There are some very nice chop saws and sliders on the market these days…. but with this saw cranking along so reliably and giving great cuts, I can’t justify the $ to upgrade. So I’m building a fancy stand and committing to use it as my primary means of cross cutting lumber.
If you ever see one for sale on Craig’s list, they are worth considering.
-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!