|Forum topic by AUBrian||posted 04-01-2012 11:52 PM||7574 views||1 time favorited||12 replies|
04-01-2012 11:52 PM
I know that we often talk about how accurate is accurate enough, and I recently had an experience while looking at a table saw that I wanted to get some additional opinion on. Now before I begin, I should point out that I am an engineer, and tend to be a little over-analytical, thus this post.
I finally decided to bite the bullet, and step up from my little Delta table saw. After much debating, and some talking about what fit into the butget with my wife, I decided that a R4512 would probably be the best bet. Plus, it is available locally, and I could use a Harbor Freight coupon (Or they were willing to take off at least a partial amount for good arguing).
Anyway, I got it home on Friday, and assembled it on Saturday, taking more care that I have on anything in a while. I got to the step where you align the fence to the blade, and thought it would be a better idea to align the blade to the mitre slots first. Thus began the adventure into madness.
During the initial alignment, the blade was almost 1/8” out from front of the blade to back, when the blade was about 2” raised. I went through the process of heeling the blade per the manual, (adjusting the back of the blade after loosening the the trunion mounting bolts) and found that it wouldn’t align. In fact, it was still between 1/10” and 1/16” out. This is after trying the clamping trick, and a deadblow hammer.
I ended up taking the now mostly assembled saw back to Home Depot, and after telling them what was going on, they not only offered to take the saw back, but also to let me open one of the new ones still on the the shelf, and check alignment prior to trading in. I did, and found out that even the brand new one was between 1/16 and 1/32 out. I decided that it was not worth it to spend 4 hours putting it together again with the unknown of if could even be aligned, so I did a straight return and left it at that.
So with all that said, am I too particular, or fair in my assesment? And secondly, what should I consider instead (I’m leaning towards grizzly now, or waiting for a smoking deal on Craiglist that everyone else seems to get :o)