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Old 12-09-2007, 12:16 PM
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Default Wilton #3410 Saw #2

I've already told you I bought a Wilton #3410 drop bandsaw, http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=13276, I put it through its paces yesterday. I've looked at the Jet #HVBS-7MW, http://industrial.jettools.com/Produ...rt=414459,that, that list for about $925, and the Harbor Freight Model #93507-3VGA, http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=93507, that list for $700, these 2 saws are almost identical, the Wilton that list for about $1200, is similar, but has a clearly different casting, for the blade bow. The clamping mechanism is different, the motor mounting somwhat different and the blade guides are a different casting. Lu47Dan, http://www.shopfloortalk.com/forums/...ad.php?t=13332, just bought the HF model, and likes it, I know a couple of peole with the Jet, they are pleased with the saws.

The saw is smooth and cut very straight, the quick release mechanism is very easy to use and has a very positive feel to it. The jaw flex is minimal. table is flat and smooth, the castings have no sharp edges. The coolant systems works fine, has a course filter and a 1 gallon capacity of coolant. The wheels on the base are poor, unit is unsteerable, rolls only in straight line. the hydraulic cylinder is hard to adjust, very little fine control, it just about all or nothing, will end up changing metering valve. The table for vertical use, is almost useless, saw is too far over the base to make use comfortable, you can't stand in front of blade, you are offset.

Pros

1- cut quality
2- build quality
3 -motor appears of better quality than the other saws
4 -belt guard is steel, not plastic

Cons

1 - base wheels (see above)
2 - cost
3 - hydraulic metering valve
4 - vertical table useless

The saw is an excellent saw and is usually on sale for about $950, slightly more than the Jet and about $250 more than the HF saw, is the saw worth the difference, hard to tell, but I have my doubts. I paid $500 for the saw, with shipping and tax, which puts this saw about $250 less than the HF. At that price the saw is an unbelieveable bargain. On the real market is it a good buy, that depends, the parts/service availibilty at Jet/Wilton is far better than HF, the warranty is longer on the Wilton, maybe in a true production situation, that might matter, but in the home shop situation the extra cost could be hard to justify. The tool is a great piece of equipment, but the difference in the price over similar equipment, makes this a hard choice, you really have to what the Wilton and in your opinion nothing else will do.

Jack
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:24 PM
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Thanks for the "most excellent" review dude...
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:28 AM
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Saw is working great, haven't replaced the cylinder control valve yet, but I did get rid of the original wheels. I built a frame with 4 swivel caster, and have started to make a couple rest assemblies to hold long stock that will slide onto the frame when needed. Fist pic, is the original wheels, the second is the new base with the casters.

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Old 12-15-2007, 11:07 AM
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Thanks for the excellent review Jack. The new saw looks to be the quality of the much higher priced. The wheel deal wasn't enough IMOP to deter the purchase and besides I usually build a stand or add casters.
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What was wrong with the cylinder control?
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What was wrong with the cylinder control?
The cylinder control valve was very sloppy, very imprecise, I replaced the valve with a new one from Wilton-Jet parts, it now works great.

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