|So .. I broke down and bought the MicroLux Digital Table Saw from Micro-Mark. Which in my opinion is the best table saw. I have been cutting strip-wood to length for years .. first using various miter boxes with (for me) limited success. Later I modified a Harbor Freight chop saw to do that with better results. I have also purchased relatively serious quantities of scale lumber online for some relatively serious damage to my bank account. It occurred to me that in addition to the other things it could do .. cutting my own scale lumber would pay for the saw in time. When I looked at the saw at Micro-Mark I saw (sic) that it was “New and Improved” ….|
New and Improved at the Same Low Price!
The MicroLux Tilt Arbor Table Saw is more powerful, more accurate, and smoother running than any other saw its size. It has a variable speed motor, so it will cut metal and plastic as well as wood. And now, the rip fence is equipped with a DIGITAL readout . . . set-ups for accurate rip cuts couldn’t be easier! This is, without a doubt, the most feature-packed machine ever designed for the scale modeler. Includes a calibrated miter gauge with its own adjustable fence, blade guard, anti-kickback attachment, and 80-tooth fine-cut steel blade for balsa and basswood up to 1 inch thick, hardwood up to 1/4 inch thick (hardwood up to 1 inch with optional carbide blade). Blade diameter 3-1/4 inches with 10 mm hole.
I had placed my order and then at some point I was looking at the accessories. The main one that I had been interested in was the plastic inserts – the blank blade plates. Since the saw is a tilt-arbor there is a gap in the blade plate to allow the saw to tilt. The problem is that this gap allows thin strips of wood (scale lumber) to fall through that gap. The answer was to replace the stock blade plate with these plastic blank plates and then by raising the blade through the plastic cut a nice, narrow slot which allowed cutting that costly scale lumber.
In the photo we have the old saw #80463 showing the plates. Note that the plates secure with a couple of screws.
|.. and then we have the “New and Improved” version. The blade plate is shaped differently .. and most importantly attaches differently. No screws .. but similar to the way a battery cover snaps into something. There are a pair of hooks on one end that you engage, then drop the plate down so that a catch depresses and snaps into place. The question that comes to mind immediately is .. how can a blank (read plastic) plate replace this to cut stripwood? The plate sits on a recessed ledge and it might be possible to drill and tap a threaded hole at either end to mount a plastic blank – but it would be nice in Micro-Mark had a blank plate to use without any such modification.|