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Well Designed Little Table Saw but Poorly made
I had read many reviews on 4 inch below table saw, including the very helpful one from Graeme W, before committed to a 05/07 version of the Proxxon FET. My experience on the saw includes:
As mentioned by Graeme W, there are a few options when comes to models:
* The MicroMark/Microlux 80463 which is a rebadged, 110VAC version of Proxxon FKS from the US.
* The Proxxon current model FET.
* The Brynes from the US.
* There was a Microlux model 85870 with digital rip fence which appears to be a rebadged Austrian model. Both are hard to find now.
Purchased in February 2018.
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Proxxon FET 4" Tilt Arbour Table Saw
I spent about 6 weeks researching which table saw to get, this is for model building, so it needed to be accurate and easy to adjust. The options were the Proxxon the Microlux from Micro Mark USA, and the Brynes Saw also from the US. So I read countless reviews, watched hours of you tube videos and finally settled on the Proxxon purely because it was available locally so the backup is there if needed and didn't require a power step down transformer, (neither does the Brynes). I emailed Proxxon and asked a couple of questions, got the reply with...in hours, and this was on a Saturday evening to boot, i was kinda impressed with that. So my saw is now in place and bedded in, issues that came up during unpacking and putting it together are: 1. The single ended rip fence is not my favorite, to get an accurate cut is fiddly to say the least. 2. The Tee slots for the miter fence are as tight as a "ducks butt under water", I resorted to some 2000 grit paper and silicon spray over several (4 !!) hours of VERY careful work to get the fence to stop binding in the slots but that is now sorted and despite sanding things there is only a Gnats whisker of play in the slots. Having used a full sized table saw in the past with the usual U slots I feel the Tees are something Proxxon needs to do away with. 3. The cast top has dish in it, but it is only half a millimeter so won't cause any issues what so ever. 4. The supplied push stick is just way to wide for the saw, so will make a new one from some scarp 5 mm timber. Some reviews I saw said the Rip Fence is not square to the blade, but if they had read the instruction manual or asked Proxxon this is adjustable and so simple, once explained by Proxxon how to do this, I'm at a loss why anyone would have an issue with it.
Questions & Answers
does the Proxxan FET table saw come with a UK 3 PIN PLUG?
Depends where you purchase it from, I got mine from Proxxon here in Australia, and it has the normal Aust/NZ 3 pin plug
Both the 230VAC and the 115 VAC versions have three pin connectors, as the Earth pin is a safety requirement which is connected to the body. For UK, it must be the 230 VAC version. If you have a 230VAC version but with a connector other than the UK type, you can always get a licenced person to reconnect it to the UK type. In UK, I wouldn't buy the 115VAC version as the motor current is higher and it's easier to burn out. You also either need a transformer or a special power outlet ( I know there are some in UK). In either case the connector must be the US 115VAC type.
I`m starting to look at table saws for hobby building and was wondering if out my 3 choices you would buy the Proxxon again , choices are the Proxxon, Dewalt ( abit dearer but 3 yr warranty) or Hyuda half the price of the others but??
Do you have any other Proxxon tools also looking for a bench drill press and combo belt/ disc sander.
It would depend on the scale you intend to model I 'spose. Mine are mainly HO Trains, but trying to encourage significant other that she should have a go at Doll Houses, something she has admired for many years.
I would tend to stick with the Proxxon brand for me, just because they are locally based.
I saw one comment like this:
"One fault common to all 3 machines I tried (2 from Axminster), was blade alignment was off by 0.5 mm front to back - does not line up with guide slots in table. Badly set up tooling at factory I assume. This is not adjustable - a table saw basic!".
Do you have the same problem?
I checked mine and it's either 0.05mm out or more likely my poor use of the micro meter. But if the blade is off from the slots, a simple fix is to build a crosscut sled, I've seen YouTube videos that show how to correct any alignment issues in the construction of the sled. One vid actually was done on a full sized table saw that was out of alignment and the build of the sled cured it.
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