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Proxxon FET Table Saw Saga - Part 2
on January 12, 2012
After a lot of research, I waffled between Jim Byrnes' tablesaw and the Proxxon FET. I have the Byrnes thickness sander and it is a VERY high quality piece of equipment. Unfortunately, his saw is not a tilt arbor and I do a lot of compound miter cuts for puzzles and for band inlay. Amazon offered a fairly typical price for the Proxxon but free shipping . So I ordered it and received a badly packaged, damaged table saw which I shipped back. ( Amazon, there's no excuse for one piece of crumpled paper as padding when shipping a "precision" tool.) Amazingly, Unit two survived with just two pieces of crumpled paper.
But buying on-line means you can't kick the tires. I knew it was diecast metal and plastic. In spite of all the glowing reviews and comments on many websites and blogs, the engineer / machinist in me said I shouldn't really expect precision. But maybe I can tweak a few things when it gets here. After all, I'm buying it mostly for compound angle cuts with super thin kerf blades. Just leave it on 30 degrees.
Imagine my surprise on discovering that, with the miter gage in the left slot, if you tilt the blade 28 degrees, it shaves off the edge of the miter gage. At 45 degrees, it removes a roughly 1/4" thick slice of gage. The tilt angle adjustment is a bit off but with just an inch of blade exposed, you can't really check it unless you have a set of angle gage blocks. BTW, the blade also moves when you lock it down. I guess I'm buying a Byrnes saw after wasting a few weeks with Proxxon.