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Old Nov 12, 2009, 05:53 PM
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Dremel 4 in Bench Saw

If anyone has any experience with one of these saws and can recommend it I would sure like to hear from you. They don't make them anymore as you probably know. They seem to show up on ebay auctions and go for a lot of money.

Any comments about what you use the saw for, how well it performs,etc. would be most welcome. There are a lot of alternatives to using such a saw and I would like to know if it provides improvement consistent with its cost($100-200 and up).

Thanks, Frank
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Old Nov 12, 2009, 07:09 PM
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It is a good saw, for the money. A better one is the Poxxon http://www.proxxon.com/us/

However, much more money. I have a demel table saw if you want one , 150+ shipping. Excellent condition, I bought the Proxxon, thats why I'm selling it, I know on Fleabay they go for 180 - 200
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Old Nov 12, 2009, 08:50 PM
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Hello Frank,

I have found the key to these small saws is (1) a good fence and (2) a good carbide blade. At one time Harbor Freight has some terrific 4 in. dia. 48 tooth carbide blades for under $4.00 each. I bought three. It has a 1/16" kerf and cuts hardwood like butter. I can't vouch for the Dremel, but whatever you decide upon, make sure it has a good fence and a carbide blade with a lot of teeth.

The photo below shows my Jarmac 4" table saw with some attachments I made for it to keep my fingers away from the blade and control the work. Its a lot easier to slice a finger on these little saws as the work is small and your fingers are so close to the blade.

Rufus Carswell
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 01:38 AM
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I had the Dremel table saw for about 30 years, most of that time sitting under my workbench because I never felt it cut thin would accurately or consistently without a lot of tweaking and fixtures. You can fiddle with the saw, as others have mentioned, by adding a better fence, extending the table, a carbide blade or whatever but it's simpler to just buy a good saw to start with. The Proxxon looks very nice if one has the $ and can justify it with enough usage.

When I saw what the Dremel units were bringing e-Bay I happily sold mine earlier this year.

Doug
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 07:49 AM
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A good fence and a good blade can greatly improve ANY saw..or any other cutting tool. Rich
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 10:08 AM
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Frank, try craigslist. I got my Dremel scroll saw, near new, for $45.00.
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 10:26 AM
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I've always wondered if a small saw like that would be worth the money. I'm pretty happy with my full size scroll saw for most cutting I do. I suppose ripping is the one place where it could use some improvement. But even with that, I get reasonable results by using various jigs.
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Old Nov 13, 2009, 09:35 PM
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Thanks for all the replys. I appreciate each of them.

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Old Nov 15, 2009, 11:13 AM
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Hello Frank,

I have found the key to these small saws is (1) a good fence and (2) a good carbide blade. At one time Harbor Freight has some terrific 4 in. dia. 48 tooth carbide blades for under $4.00 each. I bought three. It has a 1/16" kerf and cuts hardwood like butter. I can't vouch for the Dremel, but whatever you decide upon, make sure it has a good fence and a carbide blade with a lot of teeth.

The photo below shows my Jarmac 4" table saw with some attachments I made for it to keep my fingers away from the blade and control the work. Its a lot easier to slice a finger on these little saws as the work is small and your fingers are so close to the blade.

Rufus Carswell
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I'd like to see more info and pictures of the accessories you built please. They look very nice.

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Planeman,

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The photo below shows my Jarmac 4" table saw with some attachments I made for it to keep my fingers away from the blade and control the work. Its a lot easier to slice a finger on these little saws as the work is small and your fingers are so close to the blade.
Like zirt57, I'd like to see you go into detail about the attachments that you've made for your Jarmac table saw.

I've never considered a miniature bench-top table saw because it seems that the smaller you go, the cheaper it's made. At the same time, I don't like using my 10" shop saw for modeling.

The heart of a table saw is it's arbor, and accuracy depends on a sold fence. I'd have to see the Jarmac or Proxxon (same saw sold by Micro-Mark under their Microlux brand) up close and personal to determine their quality, but your attachments look great.

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This is the only photo I have of the saw and accessories. There were no plans. I just made them out of my head. As you can see from the photo numbers, I have described these before. Basically they are the same additions to a standard size table saw but made smaller. All of these help guide the work and allow you to keep your fingers away from the saw blade. Most of the things cut on a small saw like this are strips of various sizes so the accessories are oriented toward this activity. (1) is a device to push the work against the saw fence so fingers don't have to do it. (2) is a splitter for cutting strips that fits directly behind the saw blade. It keeps small strips from kicking back when cut. (3) is a micro-adjustment device added to the fence using two opposing long wedges that work back and forth. Makes setting that exact dimension of cut easy. (4) is a “sled” that works exactly the same as the sleds used on larger table saws. It rides in the groove in the table made for the miter gage. You can place a piece of wood in it and clamp in down (using that little cross bar thing) so small parts can be safely cut. There are also some adjustable stops to allow for quick repeat cuts. (5) is a taper gage to allow for long tapers to be cut. I used this to cut the wedges for the micro-adjustment attachment. Just look in some of the wood woodworking books and magazines at the add-ons for large table saws and reduce them down to fit your small saw.

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Old Nov 17, 2009, 12:08 AM
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Planeman,

I've made a sled and fingerboard attachments for my 10" shop table saw.

Looks like your fence is the real upgrade to this mini saw.

Thanks for sharing.

EJWash
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