|Review by Rob McCune||posted 01-28-2008 10:51 AM||1450 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Okay, I realized when I spent $99 on a table saw that I would be getting what I payed for, but I was just starting out and really needed something. I picked up a decent blade for it and hoped for the best.
Power: none. It can barely cut a 2” x 4” through the “2” side, don’t even bet on the “4” side.
Reliability: Well it hasn’t broken on me yet, but I lost the arbor wrench and without it I can’t change the blade. If you get one, don’t lose the wrench. On a bright note, I have pretty well abused this thing and the quality of cut hasn’t gone down. Can’t say it was great to begin with but I am sure it could be worse.
Weight: About 20 pounds. No Seriously, the thing weighs 20 pounds. Running anything thicker than 1/2” causes the whole table to want to tip over. I have to stand on one of the rungs of the base to keep it from doing so.
Table top: Machined ALuminum about 24” wide and 16” long. You can cut up to 11” wide with the fence, anything longer would send the fence off the end of the table.
Conclusion: I regretted not having enough for a better saw from the very beginning. I should have waited 6 months or so and picked one up off of craigslist. I nearly did anyway when I saw a Grizzly for $250, but went with a jointer instead. This saw is good for the minor hobbyist, but any Norm-respecting man should wait and get a better one. Use the $100 to take your wife out or something. It might butter her up to spend more later.
-- Rob McCune