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Initial impressions of the CWI Stallion 1.5HP (pics!)

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Forum topic by Lt_scout posted 01-26-2017 07:38 AM 501 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lt_scout

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01-26-2017 07:38 AM

I’m coming from the Ridgid R4513, not a bad saw for a jobsite saw. But after using it for a few months I realized its shortfalls: lack of table surface, painted aluminum top, sticky and stiff tilt/lift controls, inability to make inserts for this saw (see other posts about this) ...and LOUD!!!!!

From what I gather, this CWI 1.5HP Stallion is intended for the hobby users with 110V power. It went together fairly easy despite the poor instructions. You basically have to use the exploded diagram to put it together but it wasn’t too hard.

The fit and finish is not bad, you can see how the left wing met up to the main table. It’s far from perfect but acceptable in my opinion. The cast iron top has a nice finely ground surface to it. The fence is almost good out of the box, a slight 1/64” out at the top. The riving knife about the same.

I started up the saw and man oh man, smooth smooth smooth and quiet… I’m coming from that Ridgid saw and when I turn that on i cannot hear the Stallion running.

The biggest disappointment so far was the power panel frame needed to have a hole drilled for the correct bolt location (see pic below). I thought that was a bit bush league. Also there are some imperfections where paint met the raw cast iron but not so much that I was bothered.

So those are some first impressions, not much available online about this saw. I think CWI is new company? They import their stuff from Taiwan like the rest of them. So hopefully that helps out any Canadians looking at buying one of these.

-- When you know you can do more with less, you will require less to do more.


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#1 posted 02-24-2017 10:52 PM

Its a nice looking saw, it will be interesting to hear how it holds up over time. Thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 11:00 PM

I like the paint scheme. How does it cut, and what blade are you using?

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 11:19 PM

So far I love this saw, cuts excellent… I’m using a CMT general use 42 tooth, full kerf blade. I know it’s a bit course but it’s working great, I use for a everything.

The lift crank squeaks and squeals a bit when I crank it down… not sure how to lube that?

The fence is top notch, super accurate. The saw is smooth running and really is everything I want or need in a saw. I’m really happy with it.

-- When you know you can do more with less, you will require less to do more.

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#4 posted 02-24-2017 11:27 PM

Try graphite or graphite spray to lubricate the friction points. Graphite won’t attract dust, it can make a mess of whatever you spray it on.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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