Sure, it's a good idea to read Amazon reviews carefully and weed out
ones that reviewed a different model, had some sort of agenda, or
don't know what they are writing about. None of those apply to my
comments on the 314 @ Amazon though. I have a reasonable amount of
woodworking experience and try to write balanced and objective
The 314 I brought home from The Tool Shed (Gvl. SC) had a blade that
was out of parallel with the base edge by about 1/32" across the
blade length exposed at full cut depth. I did some test cuts guided
by a straightedge and determined that this condition would be a
functional problem - rough cuts and tough time holding the saw
against the edge. 1/32" may not seem like much, but it is for a saw
with blades this thin (1/16" kerf) and small (4 1/2").
I took the saw back to The Tool Shed. The manager inspected the saw
and agreed that it was improperly manufactured. He also agreed that
the saw's design prevented effective and easy correction of the
condition. He popped a second one out of its box for me, we checked
it and determined it to be properly aligned, and I went home with it.
Been a good saw since.
Maybe the first saw I got was the only bum one they've ever made.
Maybe the second one was the only good one. I'm sure the actual
situation is somewhere between those extremes. I recommend the saw
to other woodworkers, but suggest that it be checked carefully upon