Okay, I don't want to be excommunicated from the Router Forums, but...
I have been searching for tools that I can get the most out of for my small budget and that I can easily use, living in a small flat.
I have been wanting a portable table saw so bad, I could taste the sawdust!
I also wanted to buy my own jigsaw instead of always borrowing my dad's or friend's when I needed one.
I have a scroll saw, a corded and cordless drill, a scroll saw, a bench top drill press, a circular saw, a plunge router/table and just really wanting more.
Well, while searching all over the net, I accidentally ran into the Bladerunner X2 and was like, "WOW! A small table saw and jigsaw all rolled up into one?!"
I read Amazon's reviews, checked Rockwell's site, watched YouTube...came here and read bad reviews-but I can't get the equipment you guys have, or I would.
My first concern was the stupid Stanley miter box I bought, had so much slop in it, and if you aren't careful, things can go awry with a jigsaw.
I went to Lowe's to check it out and I knew way more about the machine than the workers! They didn't know how to change the blade, what blades it used, that it had a dust collector...you name it, they didn't know. I started educating them on it!
But, I told them about my recent experience and my concerns about this unit. They said I could take it home for a test drive and if it didn't meet my expectations, bring it back, no questions asked. I just had to try and find out for myself at that point!
I brought it home (on my bicycle-rear rack-had to buy my first 2 bungee cords lol) and took 2 days to unpack it, just knowing I would be sorry. I have a kitchen island I salvaged and decided to put this thing on there.
I got a piece of particle board, also that MDF board I talked about in another thread, and some 1/2" x 1/2" molding. I decided to have at it and see what happens.
I pulled out the little table clamp, and it "just" fit on my island top. I pulled out my vacuum and the hose actually fit the adapter. I checked the miter gauge and like most table saws, it had some slop in it. I played with it and decided all I have to do is push it toward the inside track wall, while holding the wood.
Whoever said the blade is hard to change must not have understood how to do it. You push the button, pull to the side, put in, release mechanism. To take it out, push button, pull to the side and it pops out on it's own like a bad toaster shooting your toast out. VERY simple.
I set and tightened the 3 parts of the arm mechanisms and turned the vac and the machine on.
I made my first cuts.
The only problem is that for a fine cut blade-it was a little rough. I need to find better blades. A tiny bit of sanding and the burr things came right off.
But anyone who says that thing vibrates too much, NOPE! It stood fast! It even has 2 holes to screw it down if you have a place to do it.
The vac sucked up the dust on the top side. I pulled the clamp off the island top to look under the unit, and there was the pile of sawdust from underneath and I went and sucked all that up, as well. Done.
To check my mitered cuts, I used my combination square and my speed square to test the cut and you can't get any closer to a perfect 45-degree cut than I did! Nice straight and snug. I just held the wood firmly in place and let the saw tell me the speed to go.
I have truly fallen in love with this thing! I all ready cut out my mitered picture frame-by the way, the MDF cut very easily. Only thing I didn't like about the MDF is that the shavings are like that one snowy soap you used to see. But, I have cut my shelves for my bedroom and kitchen all ready.
I have shown this thing off to my dad and friend (owners of the borrowed jig saws) and they were fascinated with the performance, ease of cleanup, portability and so on, of this little thing and the fact it is perfect for me and my flat. They also liked how versatile it is, to allow me to do all kinds of projects. I even ripped 2' boards on it.
If I had a tripod, I would make a video to show you!
It's still sitting on my kitchen island as I write this-I literally had to make my meals AROUND it. LOL That's because I am going to make some wooden shelf brackets, in the next few days, for the 6" x 18" x 1/2" shelves I made out of salvaged/damaged shelves that are fine now that they are cut down. These will fit between a closet door and window without impedance.
As I told my dad, I wish I had a ton of wood to play with now! Send me your scraps, Boys!