|Review by Mookie||posted 04-06-2009 02:38 AM||14207 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
This is my first post and it’s about my first saw. I started woodworking a couple of years ago almost as a fluke. I bought a drill press because it was only $99 and from there I started buyng other power tools and suddenly discovered I really liked woodworking. I bought the Hitachi at Lowe’s after asking a guy at Woodcraft what he thought about the specs of the Hitachi for a beginner. I had no idea what or how much I would be cutting and $500 was a HUGE investment at the time. I am so happy with this saw, but only for beginner projects. As my knowledge, skill, and funding have all icreased over the past couple of years I am now shopping for my next and hopefully last saw. I’m pretty sure I’ll hold out for the new Delta Unisaw coming this spring. The Hitachi enabled me to cut everything I tried and although the microadjustment wheel on the fence doesn’t really work too well I have been able to easily align the fence manually. The fence is straight and true, locks firmly. The cuts have been accurate and true. Because of the relatively small supports to the left and right of the blade I have had to occasionally use rollers or other supports to assist in cutting large flat sheets, but overall I am quite pleased by the results. So far as the dust chute goes I don’t have a clue what the earlier complaint is about – mine works very well with only a Ridgid Wet/Dry Shopvac attached. I don’t know if I’ll keep the Hitachi or sell/donate it once I buy and intstall my new machine but I would not hesitate a second to recommend it to anyone with a tight budget and some (but not too much) patience in setting up the cut. And thanks to all of you who have posted reviews of the Powermatic PM2000 – Delta here I come.
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