Pros: All the primary angles have set stops, sliding feature is great.
Cons: Stand could be sturdier, gaurd broke after about two years.
I may have an older model of this saw, but not much has changed. My father and I purchased it back in early 1997 for a large scale custom library we were building with lots of on-site work. For those of you that haven't followed my history of tool reviews, we are part time cabinet makers. The past few years we've been working mostly on our own stuff I'm working on getting the business started again.
This particular saw easily completed this job, and then began to face a variety of other abuses. We utilized it quite a bit for wood, then I threw into the mix the need to cut solid 1" bar and round stock steel to build cowboy-shooting targets. This is tough, and the saw was probably never designed to do it. Well, it did ... and the only casualty was the dust bag I forgot to remove, so it melted.
After surviving that, it moved to my new home and became involved in a full-scale remodel. I use it constantly and so far the only other casualties have been the guard broke, and the brake no longer functions. Both are common items to break and these types of saws, and don?t effect the actual functionality. Just make sure you are a bit more careful!
Projects to this saws credit so far are the original 16x20 library in solid mahogany, various misc projects, 20 solid steel cowboy target stands, a house full of crown moldings, base moldings, door moldings, a few decks, an addition, a girlfriends kitchen reface, a complete gut and remodel of my kitchen, a few side projects along the way, etc.
In the process, the saw has been transported countless times. So far the only loss is one bolt making the stand a bit unstable, but it won?t take more than 20 cents to fix that and it?s my fault for not checking them periodically.
Accuracy is very good, it cuts complex compound miters for crown molding, bevels 12? boards for close moldings, and easily adjusts for returning to perfect strait cuts.
I would defiantly consider another one once this goes (going on five years old now) but will probably upgrade to a larger saw. I?m thinking of a 12? sliding compound with a laser site. That?s a fascinating new feature on saws! The other end is I?ll probably buy a cordless smaller chop box just for extra portability.