Mini-table saw

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by jon-monon, Feb 29, 2004.

  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    You may know I've cut a lot of my own strip wood on a regular table saw. I've always wanted a mini, but the one at a famouse mini tool supplier is $300; much more than a real table saw. Well, if you look closer they have one for about $100, but the blade doesn't tilt. I made a mental note of it and figured I would get it, one year. Well, today, I was at HDC getting some cheap halogen flood lamps to use as photo floods, and saw this little baby for $30!!! yup 30 clams NALONG (that means "only" in Filipino).

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  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    I opened the box to find a stirdy 1/2" thick alluminum table, I guess 5 X 7, and a 4" blade. I also apprecuiated the graphic warning not to jam my finger tips downward into the blade. I wiggled thw blade to find the bearing was tight, so it met my requirements, and exceded the quality of the old rickety saw I used in the past. As a bonus, it came with gadgets, a "diamond" blade (dunno what you use that fer:confused: ), spare brushes, tools, sanding disks, oh, and a 4" disk sander. So I grabbed it and RAN to the checkout and forced my way to the front of the line.

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  3. Goattee

    Goattee Member

    tilt no problam.

    jon-monon; Not having a tilt blade is no problem. I saw an adapter that runs in the slots that the stock rested on and was also adjustable. It had a piano hing on the blade side and some curved brackets that were tightened with wing nuts. May be it something like it would work.
  4. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Jon normally the "diamond" blade would be used for cutting metal I think. Maybe even ceramic things like tile.
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    It's no problem at all Mr G., thanks for the tip, but I won't need to tilt the blade.

    So I got 'em home and fired them up. Wow! I expected wimpy motors, but they rev high and torqy, like a dremel.

    Besides no tilt, there's no fence, which isn't a prob either. With the junk saw I clamped angle iron onto the table as it was better than the fence.

    If you don't have an HDC, I think they are on-line too. They carry "Speedway" power tools, which is what this is, so you may look for that local. I've had other Speedway cheap powr tools, and yes some failed, but only early in the warranty and were all replaced. Even a hammer drill and sawzall have held up 4 or 5 years. :D :D :D

    I'm happy and I didn't even poke out an eye!
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Cool, I'm going to try to cut one of my wife's vases in half!

    It looks like a carbide tipped one, but covered with itty bitty diamonds, like a diamond hone.
  7. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    WOW!!!.....You got such a good deal:) :) :) ....I won't even tell you about the one I got today!!!:p :p :p

    I like that about running to the front of the check out line.....Did you knock some little old ladies down?....You may be Robber Barron material:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    Watch 'yer fingers!!!!:eek: :D :D :D:eek:
  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    They were mean old ladies, vic. One of em ribbed me in the elbow trying to keep me from the front of the line!

    Oh, do tell about your deal Vic! BTW: it's a deal, but it's the reg price.

    Tyson, not good for vases. My wife is not too happy with you right now!

    Anyway, the (carbide?) tips do not appear to be diamond, just the outer half inch of blade. .

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  9. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    Unfortunately, that doesn't look like a diamond blade at all. Carbide tipped on a rough metal blade. Even if they were diamonds embedded in the blade, they would do no good since the blade is norrower than the teeth.

    A diamond blade is used for stone, brick, cement and possibly ceramic tile. I tried cutting aluminum with one once, and it did a real lousy job.

    Carbide and ceramic are not compatable elements, especially when they meet in a saw.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Oh yeah, a diamond blade usually has no teeth, just a few slots around the blade.
  10. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Ya, that's what I'de expect. I have those in mini for my dremel. We'll just use it for cutting stripwood if the other ever wears out, which is unlikely.
  11. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thats neat Jon, I wonder if it is sold in Canada, if it is it would still be a bargain at $60
  12. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Here it is on-line:

    I should say, a lot of the stuff they carry, you should look at before buying. I've always at leaste got my moneys worth, or my money back, rarely the later, but they do carry some stuff I wouldn't even try. The saw, I would bet, you will get more from it than you pay.
  13. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Ohhh, Homier eh? I didn't realize what HDC was, but I do know Homier. They come and set up here in Wickenburg once or twice a year for a couple of days. I don't remember them having that saw there the last time they were here. We have Harbor Freight here in the west, but I gotta say that Homier has them beat on price for essentally the same products. Harbor Freight frequently runs 50% off sales, both on-line and in their stores, and Homier still beats those prices.

    Great find Jon.
  14. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Wow, that looks great Jon,
    It just so happens, :D I need some stripwood again.:thumb:

  15. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Jon please inform your wife IT WAS NOT MY IDEA to cut up her vase! :p :D
  16. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    wow, that looks like an extremely good deal, maybe it's time to invest is a new power tool :D :D

    Thanks for the link and info.
  17. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    So Jon:

    When are you going to give us the "Consumer Reports" low down on the real performance of this little beauty? I mean, what's the use of our having you act as our guinea pig if you’re not gonna even try it out before WE buy it? So,..? How’s it working? Blow by blow descriptions, pictures, sawdust count, number of beers per piece of strip wood, we need charts, statistics, details!

    Show us the way Mr. Mini-Toolman!

  18. belg

    belg Member

    Jon I'm thinking I won't have to go out and buy a new one I'll just Email your wife and she will be glad to send me yours for cutting up the poor woman's vases. Next you'll try to tell us that SHE asked you to do it. :D I also would be interested in your review and maybe fences and jigs you've made for using it. Thanks Pat
  19. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    OK, scapego', uh, o, I mean Tyson, I'll tell her :D :D :D

    OK, guys, I'll try to get it tested soon, maybe tonight, and some photo's of it and of the old setup, in case you want to use a big saw.

    OK, Belge, but if she sends it to you, you have to cut all my stripwood and Shamus's! :D :D :D
  20. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    "I need an adjustable wrench.
    What size wrench do you need?
    It doesn't matter, I'm going to use it as a hammer!"
    Jon......Jon......haven't you learned the proper use of tools yet? We don't use a table saw to cut the checkout line!:D :D :D

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