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is a good product,just returned as I have a a good bandsaw as well as a circularsaw, and they perform better than this unit,in itself is not more than a mounted jigsaw and there are many do it yourself version that could just adapt any hand jigsaw and make it stationary,however this unit is not that expensive and works better,
getting on years I am more concerned about safety on my projects,and will defer buying this when I not longer feel comfortable using my machines.
I believe this is the perfect tool for light work,in a small workshop area, when winding down on large,and perfect cuts and projects,
Is a good compromise between functional and versatile,almost perfect cuts require attention and avoid sideways pressure,otherwise the blade is deflected and the cut ruined.
Blade guide is not any worse or better than a good hand unit,but quite solid as long as let the blade do the cutting.
Overall good compromise,will buy again when change my tools.
Purchased the State flag from this vendor to fly on my boat,then realize the old Kingdom flag will make just the perfect companion,received in the promised time and is now displayed,this is the best I can do short of going back to my beloved Hawaii nei.
overall is a good helper to keep a person IN BED,however IF the person is determined to get out of bed as experience in hospitals indicate the person WILL,with potential serious injuries,so be aware.
Unfortunately does not provide for height adjustment and will NOT work on a low profile mattress box,needs as minimum of 19 inches to swing out of the way,in my case been the person of light way I just pull up the frame with the mattress enough to allow for getting in and out and then lock it.Other design flaw is the vertical posts protrude couple of inches enough to make for an inconvenience and potential harm when sitting or getting out,the designer should go back to re-engineer this item.overall helpful will keep it.
this is the third unit oth were returnedI received,bought previous units as used.LIKE NEW from warehouse deals and both returned as non functional.
This time decided to buy NEW and so far is looking good.
Soon as received yesterday first thing was soaked the unit in oil,that means LOTS of oil,open the covers,both front and upper and just applied oil by the ton,hours later still DRIPPING,once satisfied I got oil in ever moving part gave it a first r\un and the machine worked well,flawless,run a strip of 7 layers of sumbrella using the zigzag,forward and reverse,no problem,.stitches are nice,clean,proper tension.
Foot lever works smooth,controls move easy.
Will start sewing a new Sailrite main sail kit more likely today and will report.
In retrospect I believe the "like new"units were anything but new,they were returned units for a reason and were not properly repaired,I suspect Amazon has a problem with repairing them,whatever it is,is a shame,the savings were good.
Now,I do not have any problem with the warehouse deals,over time I have saved nicely and will continue buying because the savings and the security of buying from Amazon,but this particular item have no explanation as to why such a lack of quality control.
More to follow,hope this is the charm
August 10 2013
Almost finished sewing a Main Sail Sailrite Kit.
All panels in place with the reinforcement patches.
Perfect sewing-using the zigzag option Needle 135/17 #18 Thread supplied by Sailrite.
done with the mainsail,looks good
made a sail cover with sumbrella,no problems.
Added a light,that was a great improvement,using the plastic base,serves its purpose at home,not sure in a boat,will need to be well protected.
When using the base is cumbersome to change bobbins so decided to pull the little door off
the tabs and let it rest on the top,when needed just pull aside and the aperture is now enough wide,also use a long fine nose set of pliers to catch the bobbing before it drops and become a cursing match to retrieve it.
Purchased 2 of these blocks for my sailboat,needed a ratchet system for running rigging and was trying to find an alternative to the overprices
one of the two blocks failed on the first use,quality is marginal and the savings do not make up for aggravation and complications when sailing,too bad,the apparent savings were enticing,but,in sailing equipment there are no short cuts,have been sailing for more than 40 years,I should know better.