I purchased the Craftex CX200S sliding table saw attachment
from Busy Bee Tools ($599.00) because I was having difficulty manipulating large cabinet pieces on my Rigid TS3660 table saw. Breaking down sheet goods with a skill saw is fine for rough cuts but I find it difficult to precise cuts that way. I considered a track saw, but now that I have the sliding table I think this is a much better investment.
The sliding table came well packed in a heavy corrugated shipping container. Assembly was straight forward, the instructions were a bit too brief but reasonably clear. If your table has an extension piece you will need to remove it. You may also need to modify the fence rails by either cutting them or moving them down further along the table as I was able to do with mine. I also had to relocate the on/off switch.
The sliding table comes predrilled to fit a Craftex cabinet saw, so chances are you will have to drill it or your saw table to attach it. I chose to drill the sliding table to match the predrilled/tapped holes in my table saw. I used the extension table piece I had to remove as a template for the holes but I did have to drill the holes slightly oversize to allow for some adjustment when leveling the attachment. You must level the attachment with your saw table top and square the miter slots to the blade. I made sure everything was square to my original table top first, then squared the attachment. To achieve proper square I needed to add a strip of masking tape between the original table and attachment to shim it at one end. The legs on the sliding table allow for quite a bit of adjustment, extending up to 3 inches.
The two handles on the miter gauge fence seemed a bit cumbersome at first. But I found that if I only used one it was hard to keep the fence square to the blade. With both of them locked down it was no issue. It can be a bit tedious putting the miter gauge on and taking it off when you have to line up both the handles but I have found for many cuts I can simply slide the whole table with the miter gauge on back out of the way. For ripping wider stock the sliding table adds extra support when locked in place.
The fence stop is handy for repeat measurements. There is a pointer attached to the fence extension and an adjustable rule on top of the fence. I have found no suitable use for either of them. The rule might be all right for rough cuts but it is difficult to set precisely with only one knob to tighten it. It tends to move as you tighten it. The fence is cut at an angle close to the blade to suit LEFT tilt saws. The miter slots in the fence and the table attachment will allow for auxiliary fences, clamps and hold downs which can be helpful when cutting large pieces. But it is smooth aluminum and you might want to add a strip of sand paper for grip. The small extension table adds extra support for longer pieces but can be easily removed, which is necessary in my shop where space is precious.
Using the sliding table is a dream! Linear bearings and machined aluminum surfaces provide smooth travel. Even at full extension the table supports stock well and pushes it evenly through the blade. With a good out feed setup you can easily crosscut 48" wide material. I would have no issue cutting a 4x8 3/4" sheet in half with this setup. I have cross cut a 28x74" long piece from a 28X96" sheet of 3/4" MDF without a problem. Exact dimensions every time. For me it saves a lot of time and the number of times I have to manipulate large sheets. Much less effort and a lot less nail biting!
You can see some of the cabinet parts I have cut below.
But now even when cross cutting smaller pieces, instead of reaching for my old miter gauge I find myself using the sliding table. It's just so EASY it's a pleasure to use.
You could probably add this accessory to any saw with a 27" table. It has a hefty price tag, but if you work with a lot of large sheet goods it's well worth the investment. I give it a 8.5 out of 10. The useless rules and pointer, and the too brief assembly instructions (I used the Grizzly instructions) are the only downfalls. Grizzly Industrial
sells one that looks exactly the same and in the same price range for you non-Canucks