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Forum topic by Mark Gipson posted 04-02-2009 03:38 AM 8760 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Gipson

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04-02-2009 03:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw question

I’m looking for a table saw and so far the Makita MTL100 is fitting in my budget and space constraints. Does anybody here have or know somebody with this saw or perhaps another Makita table saw?
I live in Thailand so my options for saws are very limited, so far the choice is a 6,500 baht Performax, the Makita at 20,000 baht, a 12” Chinese made saw at 22,000 baht (3 months lead time to order though) or an imported Italian beauty at $2500 (way out of my price range). Importing a saw from the US or Europe is not an option.

Woodworking is a new hobby for me and I am mainly making small pieces of furniture for my hair salon and home. Will this saw be so much better than my circular saw that I won’t regret spending the money?

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#1 posted 04-02-2009 06:27 AM

Whatever you choose just make sure you can get spares. Back up for machinery is lacking in this country, maybe the same there.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#2 posted 04-02-2009 08:04 AM

Get the Makita! Always good stuff… it has been a favourite of my family for years.
and it will definately be worth it, and better than a circ. saw.

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 10:18 AM

I picked up the Makita yesterday and spent a couple of hours this afternoon unpacking and setting it up. After a couple of visits to the store and thinking about buying one they were offering the mobile stand for free which clinched the deal. First impressions are good. It’s bigger than I thought. It has a mini out feed extension and a small sliding table that the mitre gauge can be fitted to. The standard mitre gauge seems quite nicely made and comes with a 12” inch fence attached as standard. I will be building a cross cut sled soon though. The saw has on-board storage for all the tools, mitre gauge, spare blade, blade guard and rip fence. I haven’t made any cuts yet as after 2 hours out in the 35C sun I was feeling a bit cooked, not the best time to be making my first table saw cuts.

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 03:43 PM

Can you please tell me where in Bangkok that you bought your Tablesaw?
I have looked everywhere around Pattaya and not been able to find one. I was thinking of building one with a upturned circular saw, but would rather buy a good one.

-- Ray, Chonburi, Thailand

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#5 posted 05-11-2009 05:31 PM

I’m glad your happy with your new saw

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 02:26 AM

theoneandonly – I got my Makita saw through Krieng Thai Watana who have a store at 61/3 M.9 Rama II Rd in Bangkok. I actually bought the saw from a display they had at a store on ‘Wood Street’, again in Bangkok. Wood street has lot of lumber merchants, hardware suppliers and a few tool stores. Another good place for hand and power tools is True Value, they have a branch in Pattaya, I got my western style hand plane in their Bangkok branch.

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#7 posted 05-12-2009 03:43 AM

I know where True Value is. On Sukhumvit road oppoisite Lotus. Not been in there as I thought it was an office store or something like that.
Will look there when I get home at the end of the month. Thanks

-- Ray, Chonburi, Thailand

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#8 posted 12-30-2011 10:53 PM

Well you purchased the MLT already, but here my experiences for those who are thinking about it.
+ it is fairly cheap to get
+ size
+ extendable out feed table.
- fence is only mounted on the front and not very sturdy
- miter slots aren’t parallel to the blade
- miter slots are to small for runners to support a sled
- miter sled scrapes of material from the top
- blade has a little play

I am frustrated with getting it to do what i want. I knew before it is not going to be like the table saw in a real shop
but that it is that bad I wouldn’t have expected
I am thankful for any idea to make this thing at least do a few things right.

-- Whoever finds mistakes can keep them. English is a foreign language to me.

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#9 posted 01-17-2015 08:26 AM

I live in Thailand too, and am having difficulty locating a decent table saw. I would appreciate information about the “Italian beauty”. $2,500 is a lot of money, but I haven’t seen any viable options so far, and I have been looking a while.

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#10 posted 01-17-2015 08:55 AM

James, there are a few more options available in Thailand since I bought my Makita. Wood Street in Bangkok is a good place to look. You can get a saw made, good motors but rather flimsy bases. There are a couple of China made options. Big Wood have a pretty nice looking range of machines that are made in Taiwan. I would not be surprised if Big Wood comes out of the same factory as Grizzly.
You can get a Jet table saw from Thaicarpenter :เครื่องจักรงานไม้-JET/Panel-saw-230V-แท่นเลื่อย.html
I believe the Italian machines I saw where sold by this lot:

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#11 posted 01-30-2015 08:19 AM

I ordered the Bosch GTS 10 XC Professional from online for 22,900 Baht, that’s actually cheaper than what it sells in Europe for.

It came in two days and i’m very pleased with it.

Hope that helps

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