12th Mar 2019, 05:37 PM #1New Member
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Aldi titanium table saw ($149) Feb 2009
I am trying to find any reviews and comments on this model but a search on the site does not find anything. The machine has pros and cons and a few problems that could have been resolved by the manufacturer to make a safer and more versatile product.
1) They provide two saw blades but BOTH are for cross cut work when they could have provided a five to seven tooth ripping blade.
2) I have done very little work with it so far but already have a thin end cut from a piece of 1 cm by 5cm piece of waste trapped in the enclosed channel beneath the blade. It will not pass along the tube where the saw dust exits and such material could eventually build up and cause a fire. Very difficult to remove. Had I not removed the insert to adjust the riving knife I would not have been aware of this potential fire hazard. Provision of a second insert with very close blade clearance would have been a wise addition, also WITH WARNING ADVICE IN THE WORKING MANUAL about this problem.
3) Although it appears possible to remove the riving knife for slot and dado work the chances of the 10mm nut and support plate falling into the closed channel described above make it a risky exercise as well as a tedious task. The manufacturer could have designed it to be lowered below the top of the saw blade so dado and groove cuts could be made. In the case of the Triton for example the riving knife is easily removed in seconds so that rips of planks over the depth of the blade can be undertaken. NO ADVICE WHATEVER IS PROVIDED IN THE MANUAL CONCERNING THIS. Also the assembly instructions should be regarded as a guide only as changes to the unit are not matched in the Manual assembly instructions.
4) I intended to make a simple cross-cut slide with timber sliding along the sides of the table but they have used nuts standing 2-3mm proud preventing a smooth slide. Trying to get around this with a groove allowing clearance over these nuts is how I discovered the riving knife problem prevented such cuts. My next stop at Bunning will be to find some counter sunk replacements to resolve this problem although the gauge of the table material will leave little material to achieve a counter sink so the bolt is flush allowing a smooth action for the cross-cut slide. It could weaken the attachment to the struts holding the table. Alternatively I could glue and clamp some hardwood to the table sides with holes to allow the existing bolts to remain while not fouling the crosscut table supports. A work in progress.
5) The saw is a fixed unit so cannot be removed and used as a circular saw as is the case for units like the Triton but we are talking about a $149 unit as opposed to a Triton being in the $500 mark with the Triton circular saw costing a further $400 approx.
Unlike some of the Google reviews I have seen on the Aldi table saw models my unit is square and cuts accurately but the left hand groove where the mitre/crosscut tool slides was slightly compressed causing it the stick as the tool was pushed forward with timber. Some persuasion and lubrication has minimised this issue. It was a manufacturing fault but after spending a hot afternoon assembling the whole unit I was not going to take the thing to pieces and return it - asking for another unit. My luck would be that a second unit would have the same fault or another one. A Chinese Monday morning job in the factory is my guess. The riving knife was very poorly set also and needed some work in assembly so he/she must have had a tired start to the week. Frankly using the mitre tool as a cross cut device is a very poor choice and a crosscut slide needs to be made to get a good result.
All in all. For $149 it is a very worthwhile bargain but could be dangerous if care is not taken to understand its limitation.
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13th Mar 2019, 03:54 PM #2
13th Mar 2019, 08:07 PM #3GOLD MEMBER
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Thankfully these pages aren't printed on paper, with some of the quoting that goes on here! Might be some timber left for woodworking.
I think you've covered it all Frank when you noted that it is, after all, a $149 saw. In fact I think there are a few left at my local Aldi marked down to $99. It's pretty universal that you need to make your own zero clearance inserts so you shouldn't be too hard on them for not supplying one.
Unfortunately you do, more often than not, get what you pay for.Forum members PM me for a discount on all my products - https://www.ebay.com.au/str/aldavsstore
14th Mar 2019, 07:53 PM #4
You could take it back - "Sorry none left in stock. You can wait until we next stock it (whenever that is), or have your money back."
Aldi tools can be a lottery. Many are good, others not worth the time or money.
15th Mar 2019, 07:20 PM #5
20th Mar 2019, 04:39 PM #6Furniture maker and machine doctor
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$149 is the cost of one good blade.
Don't mean to be rude, but if you're buying a whole saw at that price I firmly believe you don't get to complain about build quality or lack of features; you haven't paid the entry fee
28th Mar 2019, 10:16 AM #7
Why anyone would buy a "Table Saw" that can be carried under one arm beats the hell outta me.
AFAIK, Aldi has a 60 day return policy with "no questions asked". If they do ask, it could probably said that it's not fit for service. Because it isn't.
29th Mar 2019, 01:52 PM #8
Having been some one who purchased one, (I assume they are still the same) some years ago there are a few good points.
1. Compared to my dewalt it has a higher rated motor at 2.4 kw
2. It is alot quieter which I put down to the small belt drive it used. The dewalt appears to be direct drive.
3. It has a guard that moves up and down with the blade.
That's all for the good.
I spent a bit over a grand on my dewalt contractors saw and it is awesome in comparison but for the price difference it would want to be.
I ended up putting a new plywood top on my Aldi saw with a zero clearance insert and removed the plastic shroud from around the bottom as it did jam up with offcuts.
It would make a great start for some one who wanted to make their own table saw over say a circular saw upside down. I see them for $50.00 on gumtree so I wouldn't buy a new one.
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