"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message
: Does anyone have this saw?
: How's the quality? Are there other miniature table saws I should
: I'm looking to cut styrene sheets and bass wood, and maybe a few
: Harbor Freight offers one for $40, but my local store apparently
: carry it, and I don't know if they could order it (and save on
: I asked.
I don't have the MicroLux Mini Table Saw, but the other MicoLux power
tools I have work as advertised. I've been using the Mini Drill Press
in my repair shop for nearly 10 years now with no problems.
The real question is what do you intend to use the saw for? From the
descriptions, it appears the MicroLux saw from Micro-Mark and the
Chicago Power Tools saw from HF have different purposes.
A couple of quick comparisons:
MicroLux: 2" 80-tooth, .02" kerf combination blade, 10mm arbor hole
2" 107-tooth, .02" kerf cross-cut blade, 10mm arbor
Chicago: 4" 40-tooth, .07" kerf combination blade, 1/2in arbor hole
4" 70-80 Grit diamond edge blade, 1/2in arbor hole
MicroLux: 1/10hp motor, belt drive
Chicago: 1/8hp motor, direct drive
MicroLux: 1/4" Max Depth of Cut
Chicago: 3/4" Max Depth of Cut
MicroLux: "The MicroLux Miniature Table Saw is designed specifically
for rip-cutting narrow strips from sheet stock and for cross-cutting
to close tolerances. It will even cut wood and plastic structural
shapes and miniature molding if used with our optional fine tooth
blade (#15220, sold separately). Cuts both softwood and hardwood up
to 1/4 inch thick and plywood up to 3/16 inch thick."
Chicago: "Perfect for picture frames, molding, and plastics."
All of this points to the Chicago saw generally being intended for
rougher and heavier work, relatively speaking, than the MicroLux saw.
If you're looking for a saw to cut thin material, e.g., basswood
strips, for scratch building structures and car body parts, I'd go
with the MicroLux.