|Review by gizmodyne||posted 01-28-2008 05:56 AM||4588 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
I have owned this saw for about a year. I bought it at Rockler for $800 in a deal that included the rip fence and a very good DVD. It sits on locking casters and rolls quite nicely.
The saw comes in one piece. The only thing to assemble is the table and fence. I had to drill out one of the caster holes that was not formed properly, but that was minor. I lifted the saw by myself which I don’t really recommend (310 pounds).
4” dust port does the job.
Wired at 115 but you can rewire it too.
Nice steel wheels.
The table is good sized at 17” square.
The stock extruded aluminum fence is adequate though not highly adjustable. I always use a tape with it. The fence has a slot for attaching aux. fences or the included steel single point resaw guide.
The re-saw capacity is only 10” which is less than you can get on a 14” with a block. However…
The saw is powerful. 1 1/2 hp and 3000 rpm. Once I put a nice res-aw blade on it, I had no problems. I have even cut through some nails. The tracking is good too. I have re-sawn fir, oak, and walnut. Very little vibration.
I have read some reviews where they complained about changing the blade, but I did it quickly.
The saw accommodates from 1/8” to 1 1/2” blades.
The frame is sturdy.
The tension wheel has no spinning handle on it. It is awkward and tiring. As far as I know no quick release is available.
Curve cutting is not something I do much of. But I will update this review if I find out something breathtaking.
Good solid saw if you don’t need over 10” capacity.
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