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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Marshall L. Buhl)
Date: 24 Sep 90 23:28:26 GMT
Well I bought one a month ago. I've never used one before, so I don't
have anything to compare it to. It seems to work well. I made a push
stick with the 1/4" blade that comes with it and it sure was a LOT
easier than using a coping saw. This weekend, I used a 3/4" blade to
rip some 9' 2x10s. I think a table saw would have been easier. They
were a little long for the short table and rip fence I got as an option.
It did the job though. BTW, I wish I'd gotten the rip fence with the
longer rails. This one is limited to a 9" cut. I cut some shorter
2x12s and didn't really have enough room. The downside on the longer
rails is that they stick out a long ways. I may still try and get the
longer ones for those extra wide rips.
I've also made some trial cuts in 6" landscape timbers. It didn't have
any trouble. I'm going to use the saw to make open mortise and tenon
joints to join timbers this weekend. I think it'll be a lot easier than
using a hand rip saw. I can't seem to cut a straight line with one.
I wish I had a band saw that twists the blade 90 degrees so I could cut
those 8' timbers in half. I'll have to use my Sears RA saw for that.
Make two cuts with the RA and use a hand saw to finish it off. The 10"
RA can't quite cut 3" deep.
I also bought a Contractor's Saw and Drill Press from Delta at the same
time. Those two had flaws and have been down for three weeks waiting
for repair. The band saw seems to be of higher quality. I haven't had
any problems anyway. I'll post an article when I get the other stuff fixed
and go into more detail. So far Delta hasn't lived up to it's
reputation. If things don't get fixed soon, I may go back to buying
Sears. I've never had any problems with my RA saw in the 5.5 years I've
had it. They're a lot cheaper too.