I'd only buy it if you could get it locally. Otherwise you run the
risk of paying shipping to get it, and then paying shipping to send it
back. You may have to repeat that cycle several times to get a good
one. That can eat into your savings pretty quickly.
I used to try HF, and the quality was certainly hit-and-miss. I'm not
sure I saved enough on the good things to make up for the turds that I
got. Machinery in particular seems very random in quality.
Even their pencils are substandard, the erasers break off very easily
when you erase something.. they only purchase Bangeldesh's finest I
guess ha ha
The only problem with HF is that buying something from them is a crap shoot.
I really think that there is just one factory in Taiwan that produces tools
for all the dirstributors. The better brand names have resident QC folks
that say, I'll take this one, that one, etc. The next level of distributors
have a sampling technique where they reject a lot if too many defects are
found. HF gets what's left.
There is a better chance of getting a "works out of the box" with Jet or
Delta. With HF you can count on expending some tuning time. It's pay me now
or pay me later. Only you can answer how much you value your time. If you're
a brain surgeon or a plumber and make the big bucks, you may decide that a
few hours spent aligning a saw to save a couple hundred is not cost
effective. If you are a subway musician, a few hours work to save a couple
hundred might be a great deal. Even if you are a brain surgeon and find
tinkering to be relaxing then go for the HF. You might even get one where
all the tolerances lined up just right and it was perfect out of the box.
Suggest you check the forums as woodnet.net. There are is one guy that
owns that saw and has a web site whcih features it. If I recall the
motor pulls a lot of amps and is not TEFC but the fence is pretty good
and can be easily shifted to a 12/36.
The $340 price is high if youknow how to manipulate the HF codes. See
woodnet.net forums for insrtructions on how to get it for under $300
freight inlucded. Try clicking on order from catalog and entering the
number 46813-1vga ( instead of 46813-0vga )
Some people have an affection for cast iron and induction motors. Can't say
that I blame them, honestly -- the lack of those two features *is* annoying
sometimes (although I'd settle for flat aluminum instead of the ridged
Due to the lack of postings about personal experience with
this saw, I assume no one has ever bought one. If anyone
has bought one, I would very much like to know their
experience with it.
Wade Lippman wrote:
I bought one a at a yard sale once, it was new in the box. After setting it
up I found that even with a good blade the saw would bog down when cutting
hard wood also the fence system was a joke, the adjustment bolts on the
fence were not long enough to get the adjustment needed and it would need
constsnt attention to cut semi true!!
also the trunnions kept moving out of adjustment .
basicaly it was a p.o.s.
I sold it and bought the grizzly cabinet saw. not thats a saw.
hope this helps
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