SKIL 3410-02: Affordable Table Saw
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If you are a beginner or hobbyist woodworker and you are looking for a table saw for everyday home use, SKIL’s 3410-02 is the best one to buy. It is very affordable and has all the basic features to help you build up your projects.
SKIL has been in the tool-making business for close to a century and during this period, they have learned how to pack their tools with power and innovation.
That said, SKIL produces a wide range of tools that are ideal for beginner or professional use. When it comes to table saws, the model 3410-02 stands out because it is very affordable and has all the basic features required for DIY or everyday home use. Here’s more about what it offers.
SKIL 3410-02 Review
Performance: Quick Cutting
SKIL’s 3410-02 is designed for quick cutting. It is powered by a 15-amp motor that runs at a no-load speed of 5000 RPM. This is a very fast speed in miter saw standards and makes it possible to cut wood like butter.
This motor spins a 10-inch carbide-tooth blade, which can cut at a maximum depth of 3.5 inches when perpendicular to the table surface. When tilted to a 45º angle to make bevel cuts, its maximum cutting depth reduces to 2.5 inches.
That said, the saw has a bevel range of 0-47º and has two positive stops at 0º and 45º for easy and accurate adjustment at these popular angles.
When cutting, you get a 20 x 26-inch aluminum table, which can be extended by 6 inches to a 20 x 32-inch size. This gives you more room to support wider workpieces and therefore, you can make wider rip cuts when working on larger projects.
Several features are built-in for enhancing accuracy and ease of use, and these include an EZ view measurement system that contains a built-in ruler. This helps you to make accurate settings and measurements while moving the self-aligning rip fence from the edge of the table.
You also get a heavy-duty steel stand that can be easily set up before sawing and quickly folded after use for easy transportation. Additionally, this stand has a quick-mount system at the top that allows for tool-free mounting and unmounting of the saw before and after use respectively.
Portability: Compact and Lightweight
Measuring in at 28.9 x 12.99 x 20.87 inches, this 3410-02 is quite compact. Most importantly though, the unit is very lightweight as it weighs only 67 pounds. This combination makes it easily portable.
Other than that, the saw’s scissor stand folds into a very compact size that can be easily carried to remote worksites or in and out of storage.
Safety Feature: Complete Blade Guard System
The SKIL 3410-02 comes with a complete blade guard system that guarantees safe use. This guard keeps the blade covered whether stationary or spinning, and this protects your fingers from accidental cuts.
Additionally, the guard is transparent and this enables you to monitor the cutting process at a glance. As a result, if you spot any anomaly, you can quickly shut off the motor to prevent any serious damages.
Part of this guard system includes a riving knife and a pawl. The riving knife serves as the main anti-kickback device if the guard is not installed. It does so by splitting the material after passing through the blade.
However, with the guard in place, a pawl is used to prevent kickbacks. It contains sharp teeth that catch the material to prevent it from being thrown back to the user.
Note: The riving knife should only be set at the lowest position when making dado cuts. For other cuts, install it at the highest level for maximum safety.
Accessories: Multiple Pieces
For such an affordable table saw, one might expect very few accessories but the opposite is true. The table saw comes with multiple accessories and key among them is a miter gauge. This allows you to make miter cuts by holding the workpiece at an angle as you feed it to the blade.
If you need to switch the blade, for instance, if it is worn out or if you want to cut a different material other than wood, 2 blade wrenches are included and these help you to loosen or tighten the blade’s nut.
That said, you also get the 10-inch carbide tooth blade, and this ensures you have all the required pieces to get up and running straight out of the box.
Price: Very Affordable
Despite containing all these features, the SKIL 3410-02 is very affordable. Though not suitable for heavy-duty projects, the tool is generally good enough for light-duty projects and has a build quality that is worth its price.
That said, this is the only table saw model from SKIL, and therefore, there is not much comparison that can be done. However, it is significantly cheaper than other table saws from other brands.
An affordable table saw that is ideal for beginners, DIYers, and hobbyist woodworkers.
The SKIL 3410-02 is a very affordable table saw that is well equipped to tackle light construction work in everyday home use.
It has a powerful motor that cuts at very high speeds and pushes the blade through hardwoods with ease. It also has multiple ease-of-use and accuracy enhancement features such as the self-aligning rip fence and EZ measurement system that make it very convenient to use.
- Product Name: SKIL 3410-02
- Product Brand: SKIL
- Power: 15 Amps
- No Load Speed: 5000 RPM
- Blade Diameter: 10 inches
- Tabletop Dimensions: 20 x 26 inches
- Max Depth of Cut at 90º: 3.5 inches
- Max Depth of Cut at 45º: 2.5 inches
- Max Dado Width: 13/15 inches
- Bevel Angle Range: 0-47º
- Dimensions: 28.9 x 12.99 x 20.87 inches
- Weight: 67 lbs.
- Warranty: 3 years with registration or 1 year without registration (30-day money-back guarantee)
- Folding heavy-duty steel stand with a quick-mount system.
- Self-aligning rip fence.
- EZ view measurement system.
- Powerful 15-amp 5000 RPM motor.
- Extendable aluminum table (20 x 26 inches to 20 x 32 inches).
- 10-inch carbide tooth blade.
- 6-ft. power cord.