Maidstone, KENT Professional engineer.
- I like this circular saw. The induction motor is a TEFC (Totally enclosed fan cooled) unit in a finned enclosure to dissipate heat well. Sawdust will not be able to get in, and this is an important consideration for service life and reliability. It is about as powerful as it could be and still connect wi...
- The cutting depth is disappointing for a 12" blade - I have seen a few 10" saws with better cutting depths. I suspect that the only way to remedy this would have been to include a gearbox in the drive train, which would have increased cost and possibly reduced reliability, or to have resorted to a specialist induction motor with a longer, slimmer profile which would also have increased the cost. (The 10" models referred to were mainly universal motor powered, which would have to have a reduction gearbox anyway, enabling the saw blade and motor axes to be offset at no extra cost. I did not want to go down that path as a high-revving universal motor with brushgear and air, dust and rubbish forced through the unit are conducive neither to reliability nor long sevice life.
This unit is a compromise. The literature says that it is rigid and robust. The only way that this could be achieved is with a cast iron or aluminium table, which would take the price into the four figure bracket. (And out of my budjet!) Table rigidity is the limiting factor for the accuracy of this machine. Although heavier than most site saws, it is still portable. A cast table machine of similar spec. wouldn't be.
The machine is a good compromise between site saw and fixed workshop use.
Published on: 27 July 2016