SKIL 3410-02 Review
Today, I want to look at the SKIL 3410-02 table saw. The price of this machine is significantly lower than similar offerings from the likes of DeWalt and Bosch. SKIL has been owned by Bosch for a long time and have a bit of a reputation of being a lower quality version of Bosch aimed at the DIY’er. But have they made a machine that is amazing value for money and is it up to the job that most people are looking for from a portable table saw.
|Blade Diameter||10 in|
|Maximum Cut Depth @ 90 Deg.||3.5 in|
|Product Depth (in.)||36.5|
|Product Height (in.)||14.5|
|Product Width (in.)||22.5|
|Table Length (in.)||20|
|Table Width (in.)||26|
|Bench & Stationary Tool Type||Table Saw|
|Bench or Stationary||Bench|
|Blade Speed||5000 RPM|
|Blade guard system||Yes|
|Cord Length (ft.)||6|
|Dust Collection Method||None|
|Maximum Cut Depth @ 45 Deg.||2.5 in|
|Maximum Speed (rpm)||5000|
|No Tool Blade Change||No|
|Product Weight (lb.)||67.5 lb|
|Rip Capacity – Left||12 in|
|Rip Capacity – Right||24.25 in|
Size and Weight
The SKIL 3410 weighs in at 67.5 lbs and has a table size of 20″ x 26″. This is similar in weight to the Bosch 4100-09 (63 lbs) and the Makita 2705 (65.5 lbs). The table length of 20″ is a little on the small side and is comparable to the incredibly small Bosch GTS1031 which has table dimensions of 22″ x 22.5″. So all things considered, their may be lighter table saws available if portability is at the top of your list, but the specifications that SKIL have given to their 3410-02 are more than adequate for a job site table saw.
the 3410-02 comes with a heavy duty, steel folding stand with a quick mount mechanism. OK so its nothing clever like the Gravity Rise Stand found on the Bosch 4100-09, But works perfectly well for a table saw in this price range.
Now the great news with this saw, is that it has an brilliant rip capacity of 24.5″. This means that you can rip full size 8′ x 4′ sheet materials in half. This is achieved by extending the table to the right of the blade which gives you the with. That will tick a box with a lot of people.
Blades and Dado’s
The Blade that comes with the 3410-02 is a 28 tooth carbide tipped blade and is adequate at best. You’ll find that it will be fine for ripping but quite lousy for cross cutting. This is something that you will want to replace quite quickly. The blade is always an area where manufacturers save money. So unless you’re buying something like a SawStop, It doesn’t matter what table saw you buy, you will probably find yourself replacing the blade.
It’s nice to see that the SKIL 3410-02 has the ability to accept an 8″ dado blade and can cut dado’s up to 13/16″ which is very good for a saw this size.
The maximum depth of cut at 90 degrees an 45 degrees 3-1/2″ and 2-1/2″ which is pretty standard
Fence and Miter
The miter track on this saw is 3/4″. Its a bit strange that SKIL have felt the need to add little tabs to the miter track (See image Below) as it doesn’t make it easy for you to make your own jigs. The miter gauge is OK and is probably what you would expect from a saw in this price range. The same goes for the fence. It comes with their EZ View measurement system with a self alining fence. There are a lot of comments from people who own this saw that the fence doesn’t move well and doesn’t set correctly square but spending a bit of time adjusting and tuning the fence should give you great results from this saw.
As with all portable table saws, the SKIL 3410-02 uses a direct drive 15 amp brush motor motor which spins at 5000 rpm. It can handle most materials and is great at ripping sheet materials. To cut thicker hard woods, it will cope, but upgrading the saw blade will make a huge difference to the quality of your cuts.
Pretty standard stuff from SKIL here you get an easy to fit blade guard with riving knife and anti kickback pawls. Essential to help prevent that dreaded kickback.
So, what SKIL have done with the 3410-02 here, is produce a very capable portable table saw. Yes it may be lacking some of the features and build quality of the saws produced by its parent company, Bosch. but for a little bit over $200 this saw represents amazing value. I would recommend this saw if budget really is an issue. spend a few dollars and upgrade the blade. spend a bit of time setting the fence up properly and testing. really get to know the saw before you start using on your projects. This will help you find its quirks and limitations and work with them.
It’s also worth noting that SKIL give a 3 year guarantee with this table saw. Which should give you peace of mind if you buy this saw.
What SKIL have here is a great table saw aimed at the home DIY'er. Its one of the cheapest portable table saws available. So if you are looking for a small light simple table saw and can't justify saws at twice the cost, then this is a very good choice.
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