Scheppach Precisa 3 Saw Bench 280mm Sliding Table Saw 240V
Quality not up to expectations
I have another Scheppach machine that I'm happy with so bought this on the strength of my experience and expectation of good quality. The saw arrived in a plywood crate and a couple of cartons. It was very well packaged and secured on the pallet. The main unit is in one piece weighing a stated 160kg and after dismantling the crate it took two people to get it off the pallet and in position. Further assembly was a bit of a challenge as the instructions are not well laid out, not very comprehensive or well translated, and referred to an older version of the machine with some different components to what was supplied.
Fitting the side extension table and getting it level is tricky and also really needs two people but everything else can be done single handed. A 16A supply is definitely needed â a normal 13A fuse blows immediately. My supply was via a 16A type C MCB. The saw seemed quiet when not under load. The adjusting mechanisms for the tilt & height of the blade had a positive feel and locking mechanism.
I had a few issues. The sliding table is fabricated from aluminium sections and was cosmetically damaged but also faulty, so a replacement was provided immediately. The replacement was not flat â a straight edge placed across it had a 1mm gap under one end. Adjusting the run of the sliding table in relation to the blade and main table height is fiddly and needs a lot of fettling with a hex key and small adjusters (slightly bent on the one I was supplied with) that are hidden from view. These hard-earned settings can easily be wiped out when you come to finally tighten the beam to the side of the saw unit.
I found that the main cast iron table dipped in one section by 0.3mm â might not sound a lot but this is a reference surface from which you need to get everything else aligned.
The side table is made up of two steel fabrications bolted to two aluminium sections that are intended to form a continuation of those attached to the main saw table on which the fence runs. On mine I found that the aluminium sections did not meet exactly, and so created a horizontal step which prevented the fence from sliding smoothly across from the saw to the side table.
The fence itself seems sturdy once fixed, but needs two hands to move smoothly which is a bit of a pain (maybe I didnât have the saw long enough to master a single-handed technique). Also the grip at the far end of the fence is operated by a screw mechanism rather than a lever, again needing more effort than necessary in my opinion.
I have given one star overall as I was unhappy with the quality of the saw and returned it without cutting a single board.
8 Jun 2014
Great piece of kit.
Being a cabinet maker for 34 years I have stood at a few saw benches in my time.
I have a fairly small workshop and looked around for a saw bench that would cope with cutting up 8 x 4 sheets as well as being able to use as a rip and precision saw also. This is a seriously heavy well made machine, don't be fooled by the look of the extension tables, they are seriously heavy and solid too. Spend a day setting up the sliding table and you will get perfect square cuts. The fine adjusters on the slide fence and rip fence are a great feature and work well. I have made myself a replacement finger plate from a piece of aluminium plate as the one supplied has quite a large gap around it which causes slithers and off cuts to drop through. I chose this saw because it has a decent size cast table which facilitates the use of a sliding mitre fence in addition to the sliding table. This gives me a lot of versatility creating a good all round saw bench. It is worth pointing out the maximum blade diameter is 280mm which is a a slightly odd size. I use a good quality triple chip blade and get a very good finish on ply with almost no break out. Don't skimp on blade quality It makes so much difference. With a couple of roller stands you can easily and accurately crosscut a 4' sheet. Very impressed superb value for money.
19 Mar 2014