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What Real People Are Saying About The SKILSAW 3410-02

BUY BUY BUY!!!!

The last time I got this excited for this little money I had to wait for the statute of limitations to expire before I could talk about it (Joke). The saw has plenty of power, the expanding table works well, sawdust is as well managed as one can get with a small table saw. I bought this because it would shop to me in Alaska and was inexpensive, but man am I impressed! Over 25 years in construction too, and I'm fickle. Looks exactly like the dewalt, probably made in the same place. First thing I did was effortlessly rip a laminated beam made of 2x4s/ Effortlessly-with the stock blade. Just wow.

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A GREAT saw for the $$$, beat the lime green competitor hand down...

Received this today to replace a 10+ year-old Delta 10" saw of comparable price range (i.e. when I bought it I was not bottom-feeding, but I was not too far from the bottom). The Delta served me well these years in both light commercial and happy-homeowner use--it did not however survive last Saturday's 6 ft. fall from the scaffolding. Not its first fall however the cast aluminum table and plastic main body did not do well.

But enough of that, to the issue at hand: I like this new saw. It is as well designed and built as one has any right to expect at this price point, the stand is remarkably well engineered and quite sturdy; the twin tab and dual toggle method of mounting the saw to the stand is near genius.

My unit exhibits none of the blade wobble during raising and lowering that another documented (if it had it would be one its way back first thing in the morning); nor do I feel that the plastic hand wheel for the blade hoist, or plastic lever for locking the bevel angle are inadequate to their roles. Blade alignment in all relevant planes was dead on as delivered (BTW the packaging was good with the saw itself and main stand component tightly held in place by Styrofoam blocking).

The blade/motor hoist mechanism is of a straight vertical lift design with the cast aluminum motor/arbor assembly riding on two vertical rods mounted in a substantial steel base. One rod plain and one "worm-gear" threaded mating to a nut in the motor/arbor assembly. The threaded rod carries a bevel gear that mates with a similar gear on the crank shaft for raising/lowering the blade. It is a much more rugged and elegant design than the simple pivoting motor/arbor utilized on my old Delta, and many similarly priced new saws. That the tilt/bevel lock and blade hoist crank are mounted concentrically is a nice touch. Often on my old saw the bevel clamp was above the elevation crank and often interfered with each other's motion.

What else? It does start with a "bang" as do most lower-end direct drive table saws--my Delta did that for 10+ years, had it survived the fall I suspect it would have for another 10. When spun up it is surprisingly quiet for a 10" saw, spinning down is quiet as well indicating that the reduction gears are well fitted and aligned.

The included 28 point carbide blade seems to be of good quality, it is nonetheless a 28-point blade. I will keep it for some future use, however I installed a relatively new 60-point Diablo blade I had used in the Delta (RIP my old friend). The table on the old Delta was unfinished cast aluminum and had to be sanded and "steel-wooled" now and then; the cast aluminum table on this saw has some coating/finish that feels "hard" to my finger nails--time will tell about that.

Being an older fellow (72 last April) I removed the riving knife and did not install the anti-kickback pawl and silly plastic guard--how does having to look through a sawdust encrusted and filled plastic cover to see the blade make me any "safer"? When cutting stock that needs it I always have a pocket full of small hardwood wedges, and to be honest the dreaded "kickback" is not all it's laid out to be once you have learned to know when it's eminent, and what to do at that time.

It was missing one crucial piece, the extension backrest fastens to a couple of steel tubes using two M5 x 16 Phillips pan-head machine screws and two flat washers. Oddly the packet intended to contain same did have it full contingent of four pieces, but it was one screw and three washers. Not a big deal as just a bit of rummaging turned up a couple of M5 x 6 socket caps that did the job.

So, that's all I have to say about that. I like it, it is a great value and my goal is to keep it off any scaffolding for at least a couple years...

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True and accurate

This is the second table saw I have purchased in 45 years. It is not as durable as my trusty Rockwell 9" table saw but it measures much more accurately and the fence is light years ahead of 1970's technology. I have no issue with the way the saw cuts and have added a Oshlun SDS-0842 8" dado blade (5/8" arbor) without issue. Very nice dado cuts. I remain concerned with the durability of the product. When I have had it for 40 years like the Rockwell I may give it that fifth star. For the price I don't see how you can go wrong. Now that I can trust the cut will be square and the right dimensions I will be tackling projects I have put off for years.

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Great for casual use

I’m a beginner woodworker/DIY home improvement person and this is the perfect balance between quality/price/functionality. Comes ready to go out of the box, didn’t need to adjust mine at all. It’s easy to use, has all the safety features and makes great cuts. Some of the frustrating things are adjusting the fence (takes patience and checking for square) and using the miter gauge (difficult to get at the correct angle and the track has play so you have to compensate). If you’re just getting started like me, or need something reliable to use occasionally, I would highly recommend.

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Where can I get a dependable miter that fits this saw?

Great saw for my purposes, light use DIY and preparing various woods for my wood carving. HOWEVER, I am really disappointed with the miter. It is so sloppy that I can't depend on it at all. Worst part is I can't find a replacement that fits the channel in the table. Any suggestions SKIL???
Thanks!

People's Choice

These Are Some Of The Highest Rated Small Saws Available Today
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2. Rockwell RK7323 Table Saw

  • (955 Ratings)

The SKILSAW 3410-02 was really our favorite Small Saws. That doesn't mean there aren't a handful of other fantastic options when it comes to Small Saws. We have the best of them in this article.

The next in our tool break down is manufactured by Rockwell known to be a very trusted tool supplier. Rockwell's Table Saws are one of their premier offerings. It was great to try the RK7323. I was very pleased with this tool!

This Table Saw is only $97.59. That is an exceptional deal for a top quality Saw like the RK7323 by Rockwell. If you uncertain about our top selection, I'd consider the Rockwell RK7323 next. It's a premium quality tool at a great price.

Full Rockwell RK7323 Review

Rockwell RK7323 Features

Portable tabletop saw sets up in seconds to cut wood, metal, tile, aluminum and plastic – performs rip, scroll, miter, and inside cuts

Compact and portable with built-in tabletop handle to carry anywhere ­– weighs in at less than 15 pounds. No-Load Speed - 3000/minute. The Bladerunner X2 cuts a variety of materials depending on the type of blade you’re using. Pick the blade that best suits the job, from scroll cutting, to rip cuts, the Bladerunner’s cutting capacity will vary depending on the material Wood- 1-1/2 Inch. PVC pipe- 1-1/4 Inch. Aluminum- 3/8 Inch. Steel- 1/8 Inch. Ceramic- 3/8 Inch

Hold-down guard and splitter cuts wider material, and a larger rip fence for better control and a nice, accurate cut. Table Size- 15-3/4 x 17 Inches

Instant, tool-free blade changes; change the blade in 3 seconds – compatible with any 4" t-shank jigsaw blades

Includes a vacuum port, a large steel rip fence, miter gauge, 5-piece starter blade set and manufacturer’s 3-year warranty.Stroke Length:3/4 inches.Power Input:5.5 Amps

The DW745 by DEWALT and the DW745S by DEWALT are well worth a look as well. Both tool manufacturers are famous for their top quality Saws. Both these tools are rated highly also. The DEWALT received a user rating of 4.6/5 when compared to 4.4/5 star rating given to the DEWALT DW745S.

The DEWALT DW745 provides several very premium features such as 22 kilograms unit weight and optimized footprint make this the most portable saw in its class. Shoe bevels 0 to 45 for beveled cuts. The DW745S by DEWALT by comparison, is very competitive featuring 22 kg unit weight and optimized footprint make this the most portable saw in its Class. Shoe bevels 0° to 45° for beveled cuts plus 15 amp motor quickly rips through hardwoods with ease.

I would be eager to recommend both of these Small Saws

Honorable Mentions

We found a few more fantastic Small Saws for sale. Here are several to go with if the options rated above probably won't be a good fit for you. We found several superb Saws during the course of our research. With thorough analysis and testing, the tools mentioned above were our favorites. Read on though. We rated several additional fantastic Small Saws.