Dust Bag Works Good
Cons:Very Limited Adjustment for square cuts
Accuracy from cut to cut
Bad clamp design
The Bottom Line: It's an average saw, but check more expensive models before you decide on this one.
I got this on closeout at Lowes. Price was about $90 I think.
Recommend this product?
I have used it to build a bunch of workbenches. Yes, it cuts 2x4s. They ALL cut 2x4s. The question is, how accurate are they and how easy to align are they.
This particular saw was off right out of the box. It took quite a bit of fiddling around to get it to finally cut square...more or less. It's consistency from cut to cut leaves a lot to be desired I think.
There are 3 main adjustments available. 1. The fence 2. The vertical/plumb adjustment. 3. The angle adjustment
The fence sections can be adjusted with some hex screws. Though the limit of travel is very small, so you VERY limited as to how much you can adjust it.
The vertical adjustment is simply a bolt with a jam nut on it. Easy enough to set.
The angle adjustment by the front table handle is not easy to get on with a wrench. And the adjustment there is also VERY limited. It's basically an offset cone deal that shifts the whole motor/blade assemble a teeny bit left or right...and that is it.
After making numerous test cuts on 2x4s. I finally got it to the point where it was as good as it was going to get. Again...not a fine woodworking tool. The consistency of the cuts seems to vary. Yes, could be the wood moved a bit if you are handholding and not using the clamp. Or maybe the blade is a bit too thin and moves around. I don't know.
The wood clamp is ok, though it tends to jack the front piece of wood off the table surface when tightened. Sorry, but that is not a good design as far as I am concerned. So most of the time I just handhold them against the fence.
The dust bag works well. But don't be fooled into thinking that it is 100%. If you are doing a ton of cuts, you will want to do them outside...or have a portable dust collector aimed at the rear of the saw. Because it DOES still generate a lot of airborn dust. And the dust bag fills up fairly quickly.
The table wing extensions are...well...fine if you are not cutting anything heavier than quarter round. Other than that, they are just a gimmick and of limited use due to their flimsy design.
The motor is strong and the handle is good...easy to use with gloves. I think I would prefer a pistol grip handle over the d-handle design though.
So all in all, it does save time and does what it is supposed to do. It's just not the most accurate saw on the market. You get what you pay for though. And the adjusting of it is a pain if you are unlucky to get one that needs a lot of fiddling to make proper (somewhat) square cuts.
Would I buy it again? No. In fact, if I find a decent deal on a more expensive saw, that is designed better, this one will go up for sale. Like I said, they all cut....it's a matter of how accurate and easy to adjust they are...as well as the range of those adjustments. For rough framing and such, it's fine.
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