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07-19-2013 08:45 AM

I am going to buy a new table saw. I live in the UK, although I’ve lived in Canada until four years ago. My choices are not familiar to me. I’ve narrowed it down to two, but the price point between them is too great not to ask for an opinion or two.

The first option is a Fox F36-527, which is a 10” saw with a 1500w motor, an aluminum table and an 80mm maximum cut. 3 year warranty, too. costs about 250 GBP

Second is the Charnwood W619 which has a cast iron table, an 8” blade and a less powerful motor. It does have the snazzy miter sled…which I suppose is nice. Just one year warranty and it costs 500 quid for less cut and less motor.

Since I intend to cut a lot of hardwood that will be no thicker than 2” either might fit the bill, but is the extra cost for cast iron tables really worth it when compared to aluminum castings? Any comments regarding either the reliability of the brands or any suggestions at all will be appreciated

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 04:58 PM

Skip the first one; it’s a toy. It’s likely a universal motor and no way makes 2HP.
The second one has an induction motor (quieter, longer lasting, heavier, more powerful), and will outlast the first saw by a long shot.

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 05:13 PM

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 05:33 PM

Wow, I’m liking that Kity, thanks, I think I’ll give it a try if everyone else on this site isn’t trying already :) I’m afraid I’d never get that Lurem, as funky as it is, into the back of my fiesta.

My first impression of the Fox is it’s dressed up to look impressive but is really a contractor’s saw for very strong contractors. The Charnwood one seems to be a good tool and a lot of people talk about Charnwood, no one talks about Fox, anywhere. It makes me nervous.

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 06:12 PM

I ended up getting the Charnwood for a lot of reasons. I’m really pleased with it. I think the fence may need to be replaced but otherwise this is a really fine saw. Thanks all for your help.

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 07:03 PM

I and others have bought fox products they are very poorly made and usually are pretty much s£it quality I had a fox chuck which would hold nothing and my friend has a nice fox lathe which burned out and is unrepairable as well as others I have heard from too please be warned charnwood is ok as far as I know.but take your time why not bu pre used and get abetter bang for your pound. Alistair

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 07:56 PM

Please do a full-blown review when you’ve had a chance to put it through its paces. Most of the reviews on LJ are for tools only found in the US, which doesn’t help the European crowd, or those down under, far east, near east, etc.

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