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Forum topic by Mark Gipson posted 1944 days ago 6316 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Gipson

171 posts in 1982 days


1944 days ago

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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kiwi1969

609 posts in 2044 days


#1 posted 1944 days ago

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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ccpenco

84 posts in 1985 days


#2 posted 1944 days ago

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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Mark Gipson

171 posts in 1982 days


#3 posted 1907 days ago

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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theoneandonly

10 posts in 1904 days


#4 posted 1904 days ago

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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a1Jim

112000 posts in 2179 days


#5 posted 1904 days ago

I’m glad your happy with your new saw

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Mark Gipson

171 posts in 1982 days


#6 posted 1904 days ago

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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theoneandonly

10 posts in 1904 days


#7 posted 1904 days ago

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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anobium

64 posts in 946 days


#8 posted 941 days ago

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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