|Review by HybridIndie||posted 01-25-2008 06:15 PM||5546 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I’ve had this saw for just over a year now and love it. The saw has plenty of power and is very accurate. Repeatable cuts are a breeze as long as you don’t need more that 25” of capacity. This being my only complaint about it. The saw itself is smooth with no noticeable vibration even with my 8” stacked Dado installed. I have ripped long pieces of Red Oak strips for face frames using this with a pretty generous feed rate and no noticeable bogging down in the motor. I have recently upgraded the blade to a Woodworker II from Forrest but for about 9 months I used the blade that shipped with it with a lot of success. (I’ve been told the blade is actually a Leitz blade but can’t verify it)
This thing weighs a ton almost 400 pounds with the cast-iron top and extension wings. The unit came delivered in two boxes and was setup from the factory. The unit is assembled upside-down so have a friend handy when you have to flip it upright. The shipping carton for the cabinet itself was a metal frame that actually was reused for larger scrap storage. The second box was the fence rails for the front and back. The fence is an extruded aluminum with t-tracks on the top, which does make it nice for attaching jigs, fixtures, and extensions. Took me a little over 2 hours to assemble, then I was cutting wood and trying to find something to make. The fence locks in the front and does a good job of remaining square. I am almost to the point of anal when it comes to my tools though checking and rechecking for square before and during projects. I have only twice had to make an adjustment. The first time was actually my fault causing the issue. The second was when I moved up to the Forrest blade as I went with the 1/8” kerf blade and the stock blade is a 3/16” so the scales need adjusted.
Safety and Dust collection a part of the mix. The blade guard has a splitter and paws to curb any possible kickback and is attached both through the throat place and on the rear of the saw allowing for very easy alignment to the blade. Removing it for Dado and non through cuts is a breeze with the turn of a hand. A 4” dust collection port is at the rear of the unit and works quite efficiently.
My upgrades that I have made or plan to make are a larger rip capacity, moving it up to a 50” fence rail system. I like to do a lot of built-ins and would like to make those large, repeated cuts on the table saw. And as with all table saws the miter gauge is accurate but but could use a bit more to it. With adjustable stops at 90, 45, and 33 it’s nice but always feels like something is missing or off.
I would recommend this to anyone wanting something a bit more substantial than a contractors saw but either doesn’t have the room, budget, or the power requirements for the larger 220v systems.
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