No good wood topics so I posted this minor rant.
I needed a cheap TS for onsite construction on a single personal project. A
t Lowes I bought the lowest end Skill for $199. I knew I wasn't buying the
best quality but it was almost a disposable purchase in a sense. I just nee
ded it for a few months.
Honestly, disposable is generous. Yes I am used to a Saw Stop in my shop bu
t this POS was nearly unusable from from the get go.
First noticed an annoying "nuance" that is a design flaw in my opinion but
I am sure it is considered a safety feature. If the fence lock is not fully
engaged in then sticks up and out at the front rail and won't let you alig
n a board to the fence. On construction builds when accurate cuts are "nomi
nal" I often mark a piece for width on the leading edge, lay it next to the
fence up near a non-spinning blade and bump the fence over until I get the
width set that I want, then lock down the fence.
Totally impossible with this fence lock.
However, turned out not to be a problem when the fence lock handle snapped
off about the third time (literally) I used it.
I used a vice grip and clamp to lock down the fence after that.
Then I started to rip a 2x4 which was a bit of a task for this little machi
ne so I moved slowly. However, as soon as I let up on the feed through pres
sure the piece suddenly shifted away from the fence. I thought I had some s
tressed wood or really lost my technique or had a bad fence alignment. Howe
ver, after I had the same issue while ripping a 1/4 x 2 stop molding I figu
red out the "trunnion" is so weak and flimsy the the blade actually starts
to flex toward the fence under the least amount of cutting stress. I tighte
ned the slip collar at the back where it allows the mechanism to tilt for b
evel and locked the blade bevel down as hard as possible and it can still f
elx at least a 1/4". It could flex a good 1/2" with factory settings.
Pretty much unusable design unless you feed so slow or you aren't worried a
bout a snaking rip line.
I will toss this when the project is over. To trashed by paint spills and j
ob site dust, dirt and scratches to return.