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#1 posted 02-20-2017 01:30 PM

I bought (and used) one of these in the late ‘80s.

The bad:
  • the fence is difficult to set up square (to the blade AND vertically),
  • the fence is difficult to adjust left and right,
  • the fence is difficult to keep from flexing and going out of alignment,
  • woefully underpowered (mine is 5/8 HP! 3/4 were available),
  • depth of cut is limited. It will cut a 2×4, but I wouldn’t try it with a piece that wasn’t straight, and
  • did I say the fence?
The good:
  • really light and easy to move,
  • it’s cheap. Disposable, even,
  • it will cut a 2×4 IF you have enough patience, but it’s best suited to 1” or smaller pine.
My recommendations:
  • use it while you save for a better saw. These saws have so many shortcomings that you need to compensate for that you are forced to REALLY slow down and think about what you’re doing. This will give you even more time to save for an even better saw :-D You’ll also learn more about what you like (and don’t like) in a saw. I learned a LOT about what I wanted from having to make this sub-standard saw work for me. My next saw was a contractor saw with a uni-fence. Talk about an upgrade!
  • use thin-kerf and circular saw (7-7.25”) blades that remove less wood and effectively put more power into the cut, and
  • do not sell it under any circumstances. There are far too many cheap tools that were bought new by the unknowing (like me, back when). They’re now out there cluttering up the used-tool market so badly that new woodworkers have a hard time finding the good tools. Dismantle it and recycle it when you’re finished with it or add an 8” sanding disk to it and call it a bench sander (which is what I’ve done), just please don’t let it back into the wild!

-- If I knew then what I know now, I'd have made a completely different set of mistakes.

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