|Review by kosta||posted 08-29-2009 01:49 AM||27005 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
Yo whats up everybody on Wednesday of this week I got my skil tablesaw and I just wanted to give a quick review of it. Now the tablesaw setup will be episodes 40,41,42. In episode 42 I give a quick review of the saw after I make my first cut. Now I have used powermatic, delta/rockwell, jet,and dewalt tablesaws before and this one stood out. For the price I recommend this saw to anyone. The only problem I saw with it was that it didnt have extension wings and I was kinda pissed that it didn’t. When I first opened the box I was like how does it not come with extension wings but after setting it up I didn’t have room for them any way so thats not a real big deal for me anyway. The other problem that was kinda annoying was that the manual had it in English and Spanish I don’t have a problem with that but I do have a problem with the way it was setup. Instead of having 2 different sections it would have 2 pages of English and then 2 pages of Spanish of the exact same thing which made it hard to read. But honestly how often do we setup a tablesaw. I was also impressed that the fence was lined up right on the line. Now most people right now are thinking you got a $115 tablesaw you have to do some work. Well in this case its really minimal. This saw has not extension wings which is a ton of work to get them perfectly lined up. This saw also doesn’t have a very long table so blade alignment problems are minimized. Blade alignment is the most important thing because if your blade isnt lined up right with the fence and the miter gauge then dont even bother trying to build something because your going to be all off. This saw comes with a splitter and a blade guard. The blade guard is hard to see through so I usually lift the guard up because in some cases you need a guard. I also drop it down when im not making cuts so that the blade is not exposed. The fence is a good fence for the price if I could upgrade it I would. The fence and miter gauge both store on the side of the saw. Dust collection is a big deal for me and having a dust port is good the only problem is that the entire underside of the saw is open so all im going to do is put a piece of plywood on the bottom and just hook up my shop vac. I would upgrade the miter gauge if I could but remember this is a starter saw dont expect to get the kind of results you would get from a PM 2000. For the money this saw is great. I might have to do a little more sanding to get the pieces down to the exact millimeter but im ok with that. You dont have the accuracy with this saw that you would with a more expensive saw but nobody I know goes directly from the tablesaw to a glue up so having to spend 5 extra minutes sanding isn’t a big deal. This saw has all the accuracy I need. I do recommend using feather boards because the fence is short and when you are cutting longer boards the board tends to drift away from the fence the last 2 or 3 inches but only on shorter boards. I have seen and kick back happen to an employee of the company and he was scared to death. So using a splitter or a riving knife is not an opting its a must. Kickback can kill you if you have a heart attack or you can bleed internally. So just remember to take every safety precaution you can.
-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/