Central Machinery (Harbor Freight) Portable T/S Impressions

FWIW, I bought one for "buzzing" the small pieces of firewood for the smallest Morso stove. And for whatever else it proved suitable for. For $120, simple-enough experiment.
Model is 45804.
Motor is the strong point. :') Capable of full depth rips in black locust at full 3" extension, with less than razor-sharp carbide blade.
Guard/splitter is joke- tedious setup. Fence decent, but "anchors" at only front edge.
Dust-collection is a joke, with vacuum port. Once you install the perforated sheet-metal piece at the bottom, you have a big, leaky dustbin.
Blade alignment was horribly off, as received. Fully 1/8" closer to right miter-slot at rear than at front. Totally unacceptable. Couple of .010" shims under one motor attachment bolt got it acceptably close for some dimension cuts that don't warrant hauling out a serious t/s.
Unless you're prepared to play with blade-alignment, forget it.

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