The good points: It has a light, a small led bulb that shines a 2" spot on the area. It has a very nice blade clamp that will work with both pin and plain blades and doesn't require a tool. It has a nicely milled aluminum table and cast aluminum arm that will never rust. The base is made of Nylon and is much lighter than cast iron. It can be tilted to 45 degree The air pump works and keeps the cutting area clear. It has a case on the side to hold extra blades. Energy saving 1.2 amp motor and variable speed control knob on front.
The bad points: The light vibrates when machine is running. The bottom wing nut to tighen the blade is hard to reach to tighten securely and a allen wrench is helpful. Aluminum table has plastic insert that blade will rub and melt after using first time and should be replaced with aluminum or steel plate. No cast iron on this means more vibration when working with heavy stock. Should be mounted to bench. Table tilts 45 degrees to one side only. Fence to hold down stock is poorly designed, better off removing it. Dust collector comes out front.
I compared this to the craftsman scroll saw at the same price. Although the craftsman has a cast iron table, it is poorly milled and looks terrible with no insert in the middle and the clamp mechanism is just a phillips screw so plain blades slip out when tightening screw against blade. The 1.2 amp motor has no problem powering through any stock that will fit under the fence so a 1.6 amp motor is not necessary. The motor should be ran for 5 minutes at high to break in the brushes on the motor, you will notice the variable speed will be fluctuating until the brushes are broken in.Read more ›
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