I actually have a friend of mine that has one and uses it. The "slide" was
kind of rough on it, so he took apart the slide rails, carriers, rollers,
etc., and gave them a good cleaning. A light lube, reassembly, and he now
has a pretty nice saw. Pretty accurate, too!
On Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:42:14 -0500, Just Another Joe wrote:
I've got one. All in all, a great buy for the money and a good saw
regardless of the money.
First thing you do is save the blade that came with it for rough stuff
and buy a good blade with lots of teeth. I bought the Freud Diablo
D12100X which has 100 teeth. Great blade.
Next you make a zero clearance insert and finally a zero clearance fence.
Now you're in business.
Check to make sure all the angles are correct - mine were out of the box
but I may have just been lucky.
On Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:07:27 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard
My youngest son buys a lot of Harbor Freight tools, and likes them. He
has a metal lathe, welder, and milling machine, and repairs and
refines them as needed. His life on his tools exceeds more on more
expensive tools, but I also don't spend the time repairing and making
custom parts for them like he is doing. Right now he is turning a new
brass part to replace some part that broke. Don't know which tool, but
as said, the savings can be considerable.
On Friday, January 16, 2015 at 2:07:33 PM UTC-5, Larry Blanchard wrote:
I don't have a dust collection system in my shop, so I typically set up my
shop vac to collect the dust on a tool by tool basis. I have a plastic bin
behind my miter saw and I can position my shop vac hose to hang in the open
area of the bin to collect the vast majority the sawdust.
One time I needed to do some clean cuts, so I set up a zero clearance fence
, hung the shop vac hose in its normal position, turned on the vac and proc
eeded with my first cut.
I was immediately met with a blast of sawdust right in my face. The zero cl
earance fence completely changed the air flow and sent the debris up and to
wards me instead of up and back into the bin. I have to make sure that I re
position the shop vac hose to hang higher and more towards the front of the
saw when I am using the zero clearance fence. It's not as easy a set-up be
cause the hose is more in "mid-air" than in the bin.
I really need to make a jig to hold a length of PVC pipe in the correct pos
ition so I don't have to deal with the floppy hose, but I never seem to fin
d time to do that. I know I've spent more time with individual set-ups than
the total time it would take to make a jig, but I'm sure we all know how t
On Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:42:27 -0800, DerbyDad03 wrote:
I've seen some of that too. So far I've just lived with it. One thing
you might try is to drill a 3/4" or so hole at the outside end of the
zero clearance slot. In most cases it wouldn't be covered and might suck
down some of that sawdust.
On 1/16/2015 4:21 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
While that may be true, it comes at a $300~$1200 savings over what the
competition has to offer.
I typically don't go for this level of tool but when the savings is this
great it is hard to go wrong if you have the aptitude for making
adjustments and tweaking.
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