|Forum topic by JayT||posted 10-25-2015 01:46 PM||1188 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
10-25-2015 01:46 PM
Skilsaw just announced a new portable table saw. So what, right?
What’s interesting is the words on the left side of the table. Instead of being direct drive, as every other jobsite saw out there, this one will integrate a worm drive. How much will this change the potential for using a jobsite saw in the workshop?
One of the biggest problems/complaints of jobsite saws is that they generate their rated horsepower through speed, with the universal motor spinning the blade at 5000 rpm or more. Works fine for the construction site, but has very little torque for plowing through hardwood and the high blade speed frequently causes burning. Worm drive should totally change that, slowing the blade speed and generating tremendous torque.
The frame of the saw is obviously based on the Bosch GTS1031 (Skil is one of Bosch’s brands) and it appears the fence will be the same, too.
The GTS1031 has gotten consistently good reviews, so I would expect this new model to follow. Another small note in the press release is that the new saw will include a Diablo blade. Good to see a manufacturer including a quality blade from the factory instead of the crappy ones that are usually installed. Of course, Bosch also owns Freud/Diablo, so they are keeping it in house, but the principle still holds.
I’m thinking that this could be a game changer for those with small shops—an easily stored saw with the power to plow through tough hardwoods. Of course there are other downsides to jobsite saws, but it seems to me that this could be a legitimate option for the woodworker.
What do you think?
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