I've heard that the "fit and finish" is supposedly excellent. I'd take
exception to that characterization, based on the unit I just inspected.
The paint job was horrible! Lots of debris was trapped under the
glossy black paint covering the fence and rails. Maybe a Saw Stop was
in operation a few feet away from where they paint them? :) What a
mess! For $3,500 I'd expect better. The table itself looked beefy and
the elevation handle moved smoothly. I liked the overly large shutoff
switch. Integral locking casters in the base--nice touch. The handle on
the fence stuck out more than I'd like. I didn't get a chance to hear
it run. oh, it has a flat belt instead of 3 V belts like the
Uni--that's a plus. What a shame it's so expensive (I'm sure that
comment will trigger arguments about how much is a finger worth). All
in all it looks well built. Now if they can figure out how to apply a
decent paint job.
I recently had a chance to use one of these saws. I never though too much
about the hype surrounding this saw. But I was actually impressed with the
function of the saw. It felt good and was easy to set up and use. I have a
much different opinion of it now than just thinking of it as a safety
I forgot to look at the paint job.
They've got one at the Saskatoon House of Tools, if you haven't already
The only time I've actually seen one running was at the wood show where
they were demoing the "stop" feature, rather than the "cut" feature.
It seems to have a euro-style mechanism where the arbor actually travels
straight up and down, but it still has the anti-kickback pawls, no doubt
due to legistative stuff. I bet you could make a riving knife that you
could actually leave on for non-through cuts.
Is it worth the money? Not for me.
Iffin I had one of these saws, and I actually had the thing stop due to
my flesh hittin the blade, I'm not so sure that I would be in any real
great hurry to change the cartridge/blade... at least not till i had
fresh skivvies on!
You've never been in the Saskatoon store?
I was, until Lee Valley, my favourite place whenever I went to Toon Town.
It is sort of hard to describe, but as you might expect, the Saskatoon store
at least is a large warehouse sort of place, I'd guess something like 5000 +
sq feet - maybe 4 - 5 times as big as Mr. Tool?
They have several differen t areas for hand tools, power tools, etc. They
carry several brands and their own house brand, you can visit their website
if you want to to get an idea.
The Saskatoon store is way better than anything in Regina.
Thanks. I'll let you know when they arrive.
One thing I liked about Mr. Tool is that they had used stuff on
consignment . Bought a few things from them. Latest was a low-end
Craftsman bandsaw for about 60 bucks. Just the ticket for making
Could be. Although it may be a bit over priced to help cover their R&D, it
looked like the parts were of good quality. So I would guess it be left to
the buyer on what they can afford and if they have a habit of putting their
fingers close to spinning saw blades.
I would still like to see someone brave enough to stick a finger into a saw
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