Why I use a sliding panel saw instead of a table saw - SICAR Sega 350
Panel saws and table saws are both power tools used in woodworking.And panel saw also called sliding table saw.
Get a nice this is why I bought my sliding panel saw .
Length of the Sliding Table Saw sega 350
First up it’s 3,500 millimeters stroke. So that means it can move forward 35 meters, 3500 millimeters that way and 3,500 millimeters back.
The other way that means I can get a full 8 foot sheet on this slider. And rip the entire length which is just beautiful when I’m working with India sheets or even dining tables. Solid timber dining table tops comes in really handy.
Discover of the Riving Knife
It’s a promo 3500 which we producted in Qingdao China. The model number is Sega 350. So it’s a Sega series pants off .
It’s equipped with the 13.7 inch diameter saw blade as well as the riving knife. You’ll notice that riving knife is close enough to the saw blade that my fingers don’t actually fit between it. Now that’s an appropriately set riving knife.
The top edge is slightly under the top surface of the saw blade here . So that I can still make my grooving cuts over the top of it. But that Rover knife isn’t so far back that I can get my fingers in there. So to set these driving knives it’s as close as practicable without actually touching the blade.
Now the general rule is if you can’t get your finger in there between it, it’s good enough’. So we’re about a quarter inch away from the saw blade there perfect. I could get it closer, but it’s not really beneficial to me.
The Maximum Cutting Height of Sega350
The maximum cutting height is approximately 83 millimetres high or three inches and three eighths.
That’s a bit of a letdown because working with solo timber I often cut four inch thick table legs.
Why I Choose Sliding Panel saw ?
1.The Overhead Guard of Sega350
One thing that I really like about sliding panel saws in general is that they generally always have overhead guards .That are not attached to the riving knife.
Now in this one in particular it goes up in there so I can set it to the height of my material. So it’s captures a lot of the dust. Because you get a lot of dust that comes up the back of the saw blade and come spewing out . Where as here it comes up.
There’s the dust for that goes through. The dust extraction Darrin offer dose that’s really good. It also serves as a protection even though obviously. You can see that it’s pretty flimsy because it’s not a better one point four meter arm. So it’s pretty flimsy. So if I mark it really hard, it can actually hit into the side of the black. If you look closely you can see there are some score marks in this overhead guard.
But I prefer it to eat a bit of plastic than to eat a little bit of flesh. Because it serves as a physical boundary for me not to go too close to it.
2.45 Degress of Blade of Sega 350
I can also roll the blade over the 45 degrees. It takes a while to get over to 45 degrees. That’s because the screw thread that’s activating the blade winding. It’s a pretty fine thread . So it gives me good control over the angles. but it just takes a long time to get over there. We’re at 45 degrees because I could see on my digital read out that it’s 45 degrees and I know that it’s pretty accurate.
Now that I’m at 45 degrees though.This guard does nothing for me. It’s the blades over here but the guys aren’t doing anything. So what I can take the guard out and put this big one on there which now fully envelops the blade on that side there.
Now prevents my hand from going too close to the blade. That’s now leaning over. So that’s really good too now in a perfect world. I would leave this big guard on all the time. The problem with that is that now limits my ripping width to about a hundred mm. Unless I lift all the way up in which case I can get my fencing over there. But I don’t have any access even if I get my stick. It gets in the way. It’s a bit of a pain in the butt.
3.Fence Mechanism of Sliding panel saw
One of the things that I really prefer about these panel saws rather than a table saw is the fence mechanism.
It’s a bit squeaky but you can see that this is a very substantial casting. It’s not flimsy and crappy,but really good. I can adjust where this fence goes. For example when I’m ripping timber 100 more wide timbers now. When you stand the temp table saw fence, you’ve got no option. The fences as always past the blade. That’s actually a really bad way to rip timber. Now I often do it because I don’t really care but the correct way of doing.
It is that you have your blade set just past the halfway point of view. But you have your fence set just past the halfway point of your blade.
That way when you’re pushing through where you pushed it. Now it’s now clear of the blade you don’t have to keep on going pushing back here somewhere. Because now that I’m back here somewhere my hand is right next to the saw blade. It’s a really bad situation. There’s here you come through and I’m done my hand isn’t even up to the saw blade. So even if I was dumb enough to put my hand right over the top.
The saw blade or right in front of the saw blade path, I’m still not going to cut myself. Because I’m already finished pushing to push any further. Unless I’m dumb enough just to keep pushing just like an idiot. But I’d like to think that I’m smarter than that.
4.Low Fence or High Fence of Sega 350
The other thing is I’ve got a low fence or a high fence. So I can set it like that. As a general rule, I’ll use my low fence.
I only use the high fence when I need good vertical support. If I was holding something up really high which is a really dodgy move that I shouldn’t do. But I do with that hesitation because I’m just not that smart as we almost discussed.t阿
Just a second ago, another good thing about this fence system is that if I was looking to cross cut, some boards and using this fence as my stop. If I was to do this with that fence all the way out there.
This board will bind between the fence and the blade. And it will scroll back at me at a million miles an hour. So I can simply pull the fence all the way back.And buy the diamond finishes cutting. This board has cleared this fence and we’re out of harm’s way. So the Outrigger the slider Africa. This is the true value of a sliding panel saw obviously.
What at those here but it just locks onto the slow consider whatever I want it to be. Where I want to be is a one right behind me upper thigh. My upper gluteus and when I do this. I have a little control over the slider. So now I have rip very powerful control over the slider without having to use my upper body like if I was using a crosscut sled on the table saw.
I would be first I’m out here because the back of the table saw is here. But the saw blades out hit on having to push forward out here.
Because I’ve got a fence on my crosscut sled, I can actually see the tips of my fingers. I’m looking straight down on top of my workpiece. And I’m just pushing through with my legs. So I could do this all day. That’s getting a little bit creepy,push it through if done.
That’s a really beneficial thing about the slider over of a crosscut sled on a table saw.
This can be the biggest reason as to why I bought this sliding panel saw over a table saw. Even though this thing costs me more than a table saw. But you’ve got to remember that okay I’ve got my sliding panel saw here.
Now I can cross cut about twelve hundred mil on that side of the blade. However much space I’ve got from the blade to that wall over there which is about four meters. so I could cross cut four meters let’s say we cut a meter off the 5-meter board, I could do that with four meters that way, and meter that way no drums at all.
I’m just trying to cut something that’s twenty-five hundred mil long. Do this I’ll use that one there. It sends that outrigger out there. I can cut what was the GAR. It goes up to thirty four hundred now. I don’t really use this as a general rule because it once goes all the way out there there’s so much weight on it. But it ends up dropping down and just gets in the way.
I don’t really do it all. I do is I just put a tape measure on there Mark Malone and then I just move it up to the line and cut. But it’s an option。
Something to Consider about choossing saw machines
One thing that I see both amateurs and professionals doing wrong is that when they’re cross cutting. They’ll have their fence set up to the front of the outrigger here which I could do as a general rule. I keep it at the back of the outrigger so that when on cross-cutting they’re here and having just one finger there. And because the fulcrum is all the way over here. In order for that the force of the cone action to pull this timber forward it needs to overcome.
But now I made a worth of leverage where as the amateurs and a lot of professionals. What they do is they leave this defense up the front. And then they try to hold it up against. The fence like this and they have to hold back that fence really hard and really put their arm in there as hard as they possibly can.
So that because the fulcrum is all the way over here. So you’ve got a massive mechanical disadvantage oh that’s all I’m it just pulls it away from the saw blade. And once that happens, you’ve ruined your cut, you ruin, your workplace in you. You’re sent in the flying at your head.
2.The Slider Physical Space
So other things to consider about the slider is that you need the physical space to put it in now. That’s not a real big problem for me. Like my garages and huge. It’s bigger than standard but it’s not a massive like this takes up a huge part of my garage. But the way that I see it is that the stationary footprint of this machine is massive.
It’s like 3.6 wide by two and a half meters wide. But the working area is 3.6 wide and five meters. So it’s a huge space. If I had a table saw though, it’s not as wide but it still has long because I’m still gonna want to be able to rip 3,500 at least. So I’m gonna need 3500 behind me and 3500 in front of me.
So it still takes up quite a bit of room you can say. But you could put an outfeed table in there, put a router table in down one .You can with a table saw will take up less room. But it’s not as cut and dry as all of that .
Furthermore with this because I was saying I can dock timbers pretty easily with this thing. I don’t need a chop saw a miter saw. So if I did have a miter saw, I’d want to be able to dock. Let’s say three meter lengths at least. Really I want to be able to talk about five meter lengths. So the only place do that is along this back wall there instead I’ve got a bench over there, my rather table there, my drill press is usually over there, somewhere but it’s not there at the moment.So I don’t need that and what else.
The Cost of The Sliding Table Panel Saw and Table Saw
So I’d have to buy a table saw let’s say $3,000. I’d have to buy a miter saw as well as building a miter saw stand which could be fancy and simple.
But let’s say another thousand dollars for the saw plus. Another thousand dollars for the cabinetry. It’s gonna take me X amount of time to build it . So there’s five thousand dollars so far. And I still can’t reports easily or very straight. I can’t straight line brick boards.
But here I can straight line rip 3500 a full length of sheet which is a common task with what we do. So now I don’t need a track saw. So there’s another thousand dollars. So this machine cost me was about six and a half thousand dollars about four years ago.
I think now they’re about $7,000 there abouts or I could have spent what $6,000 on a table saw and a track saw. And then messed around making crosscut sleds and having to replace those crosscut sleds when they wear out because you pick them up ,you drop them, they’ll explode it and so it’s just one of those things.
Is there some adivce for beginner?
Another question I get commonly asked what do I think about the saw stuff. Saw scoffs bloody green and I feel that if you ever bought the saw stuff because you thought you were going to need the technology behind it .Because you thought that there was a good chance you’re gonna touch that blade while it’s spinning. You’re gonna need that to save your fingers. My advice would be don’t buy a saw stop,a pencil, a table saw don’t do woodwork. There’s that.
However accidents do happen. If I had the choice of having the source not technology on this thing. I’d take it but I take it simply because it’s a good thing to have. I’m not taking it because it’s not like a seat belt in a car. I’m a good driver. I’m not going to crash but the other idiot on the other side of the road he’s gonna crash into me.
Therefore I need my seat belts where as here I’m in control of what I’m doing. So I’m a good driver I’m not gonna crash this thing. I’m not going to crash my hands into the saw blade . I shouldn’t need the technology. But if it was available. and I could get and afford it . I’d like it so and the saw stop beautiful table saw. But I take this thing over a saw stop any day a week. I hope that helps for everybody that’s been asking me questions about the panel like ‘How much it costs ?When I get it from? Why’d I get it? Do I love it? Do I like it? Do I hate it ?it’s pretty good minutes. It works pretty well for me .