|Review by Tony Z||posted 01-25-2008 03:14 AM||13845 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I’ve had this saw for almost a year now and I love it. I got a great deal on it also. It retails for about $1100 but it went on sale for $1000 and then Sears had a deal for 20% off that and then combined that with no interest for a year. I couldn’t pass it up. I ended up getting it for $800! The saw comes with a Biesemeyer fence which is one of the best features. When I first used the saw with this fence, I could have cried. The Biesemeyer fence works like butter. I don’t know what I’ve been doing all these years without one.
There’s plenty of power with 1 1/2 HP. I was used to my old 50’s craftsman and the portable benchtop model that were way underpowered. When a twisted board got bound up and driven into my hip, leaving a nice little square mark, I was freaked and impressed at the same time. It comes with a Leitz Blade.
The saw was very easy to set up and square up the top. In about 3 hours I had it cutting. The outfeed table is pretty whimpy but i knew I wasn’t going to use it anyway. I built a large 48×60 outfeed table/ cabinet behind the saw.
There is a 4” dust collection port on the back of the saw and it does a good job. I do have to go in once and a while to push some sawdust into it because it gets hung up on the motor’s cords that lie on the slanted floor of the cabinet.
There was just a review of these hybrid saws at the end of last year in one of the magazines and I believe this saw did pretty well. One thing the reviewers failed to mention about the saws they tested is that it’s fairly obvious that a few of the saws were almost identical. There were about 3 or 4 saws that looked exactly the same except for the individual manufacturer’s paint jobs and/ or a different fence. It looks like somebody’s making this saw for a few different brands, like a lot of tools. So this saw can be found out there in disguise.
I gave the saw 5 stars. For the price and the amount of work I do with it. It was a huge upgrade over my old saw. Overall I’m very happy with the saw. It’s quiet, heavy, stable, passes the nickel test, accurate, and has done everything I’ve asked of it.
-- Tony, Ohio