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Creative thinking required
on 16 August 2012
I like and trust Dewalt tools so I ordered this saw, it was delivered quickly and ahead of the projected delivery date. It was well packaged and in a tough plastic site case with a fitted 3 pin plug and included was a Metal cutting blade.
On opening the package I was anxious to see how the quick change blade system worked . It is one of it's most attractive features and requires no tools , just open the locking latch and pop a new blade in , close the latch and its locked in and ready to work again . Ideal if you want a sharp blade to continue working , or need to tackle different material types .
On examining the saw prior to use or connecting to the power , I couldn't figure out why the blade wouldn't lock in .
Some creative thinking and a little head scratching and I realised that the blade release /locking lever was incorrectly assembled, it was resting on the wrong part of the catch. I undid the large cross head screw under the guard and the locking assembly lifted out. I reassembled it in the correct position and all was perfect.
I was a little surprised by the error , but I guess if you make thousands of tools , occasionally one gets bolted together incorrectly. It was easy to put right and took me about 2 mins after I figured the problem out.
Having tested the saw on a variety of materials it is very powerful and the variable speed makes it easy to control. I expect to get years of service from it . I would recommend using the original Dewalt blades which are actually more economical to use since they last longer and cut well . Blade prices vary wildly , so shop around .
I highly recommend this product, I still gave it 5 stars , but I would advise any purchaser to check the blade lock before plugging in the power ..