|Forum topic by mheskamp||posted 05-02-2013 08:16 AM||7770 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
05-02-2013 08:16 AM
Initially I wrote off Masterforce as just being Menard’s cheapo brand, but after looking at it, I’m not so sure in the case of this saw. I’m trying to get over my bias! There’s not a whole lot of information to find on the web – I haven’t been able to find a single review of it. For more info on the saw, see http://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/power-tools/saws/masterforce-10-jobsite-table-saw-with-gravity-assist-stand/p-1724748-c-12931.htm. You can download the pdf of the manual there and see that it has a lot of good features – easy to remove blade/riving knife and blade guard system.
It seems to be targeted as competition for the Ridgid R4510 given the list price and gravity rise stand. In the store, it seems to be well built. It takes a 3/4” 8” dado stack, so the motor is probably pretty powerful (it doesn’t state the HP in the manual).
I was thinking about buying the Bosch 4100-09, but I am only a weekend warrior so I don’t need the top of the line saw and don’t want to pay for the best if something like the Masterforce will work well for my needs. It seems to be the only one in the $300 price range (it’s on sale for $349) that takes a 3/4” dado. I don’t have a garage, so I’ll be hauling this thing up from the basement to use it outdoors most likely, so portability is important. Another one I’ve looked at is the Porter Cable PCB220TS, but it only takes a 1/2” dado and the fence doesn’t seem great (it does have good reviews though). Craftsman doesn’t have a mid-level one with the stand and 3/4” dado either. I’ve also looked at the DW745 and GTS1031, but it seems like a better idea to get one with a stand, 24” rip capacity and dado if I’m already going to invest $300+ for one of those?
Does anyone have any experience with the Masterforce jobsite saw? I partly just want to buy one and write a review about it to get some information out there, but I don’t want to throw away $350 :)
Anyways, I’ll stop babbling on…thanks for your help!