|Forum topic by mickeyg197||posted 01-05-2015 04:22 AM||633 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
01-05-2015 04:22 AM
I have only been “woodworking” for a year now and only found out about scrolling about a month ago. Somehow an intarsia book popped up on my Amazon page and I checked it out and have been fascinated by it since.
Anyway I told my wife I wanted one for Christmas and figured I would get a Craftsman or similar “entry” type saw. This is not a knock on these types of saws. I lack the knowledge or proficiency to give an educated opinion on any tool or method since my experience now totals all of 90 minutes. When I opened the big box I was pretty giddy about the shiny new Delta that was now mine. This lasted for about 45 minutes. The upper and lower arms were about 3/4 of an inch from being perpendicular. To get the blade square with the table,according to the bevel gauge, I had to tilt the table about 10 degrees. Called Delta CS the next day and they said to take it to a service center and they would have to “take a look”. The closest service center is an hour away. So, I returned to Lowes. I was wlking out and saw that they have a Porter Cable in stock. I have other Porter Cable tools and have had good luck with them so I loaded one up and brought it home. I put the stand together and mounted the saw. The blade lined up- already made it further into the process than the Delta- and fired it up. It comes pre-loaded with a blade and after about 5 seconds without even putting a piece of wood near it the blade snapped. As the manual was still in my hand I turned to the blade changing section. Step 1- turn off saw. Check. Step 2- release blade tension lever. Check. POP. Off comes the entire aperature.
So,ladies and gentlemen, I am 0 for 2 with these saws. I was eyeing the Dewalt and wondering how I can manage to screw that one up. But before I pull the trigger I figured I should ask those wiser than I am. Which saw should I unbox and subsequently repack next?
Thanks for your advice.
-- Mickey Winder Ga