Woodstar ST12 315mm Table Saw 240V
Please don't buy this saw. The wind up mechanism broke. It changes from a 10mm bar down to a wee 6mm thread to move the saw and motor up and down. It was always hard work but snapped on me after 3 months of light use.
I am amazed that people think it can handle hard work. It labours at 2 inch softwood stock and I would not attempt anything more.
The blade is of poor quality and the instruction manual is almost unusable. I kept the box for reference.
I wish I had looked harder and spent more on a pro machine - or perhaps less on a similar DIY quality saw.
I'm just hoping screwfix will replace it. But please, don't go and buy it unless you are using it once a month for a bit of 2x1.
6 Oct 2014
manual not the best but didn't take too long to put together.Great powerful saw ,has been used for ripping and crosscutting both with a good finish .Blades easily available and quick to change.Just spent last two days cutting scrap timber (about 12 hours saw time)and it didn't miss a beat,resulting in about 12 cubic metres of firewood .What more can you ask of a saw.
29 Apr 2014
Not easy to follow the instruction manuals supplied. As previous reviewers have said "use the pictures on the box"! Blade guard a bit fiddly to use, not free moving or easy to lift. I have several (small) unidentified bits left over. The sliding table fixings have been modified, but this is not included in the manual, so following instructions, the fittings would foul the on/off switch. Not difficult to resolve using the leg bolts instead, but not mentioned in the manual and frustrating on building the kit!
But, works well, not too noisy, wheels and handles a nice touch. Easier to use separate "extension" tables for me, the fitted one makes the kit too wide or long for my workshop, but easy to remove, so no problems. I look forward to many years of use. Not used for long enough yet so only 3 stars for reliability.
29 Jan 2014
Expensive repair if faulty
My saw only 2 years old, has only been used for light work and was last used about 6 months ago, it was put away in shed working, now won't go, contacted main suppliers who put me through to engineer, I informed him that there was power to the motor, nothing jamming it and blade turned freely, was told or rather guaranteed that the capacitor was faulty and would need replaced, bought new capacitor and saw still won't go, now been told I need new motor, cost is Â£167 +vat and delivery, when working it was a good running machine but not a good buy if not going to last
19 Sep 2013