250mm (10″) Ozito Table Saw – A Very Handy DIY Power Tool for your Workshop
UPDATED 30 JUNE 2016 – SEE THE END OF THE POST
Having a Table Saw in your DIY workshop, is normally not on top of the list when setting up your shop. You always start off with the smaller absolute must have tools like a cordless drill, hammer, clamps etc.
A table saw is more of a “one day I’d love to have one” kind of power tool.
But having a table saw in your workshop set up and ready to go, is incredibly handy, and also a tool that you will use a lot more than you imagine. I have had this table saw set-up now for just over a week, and have used it almost every time I have been in the workshop.
Whether to cut a single strip or just to cut a clean edge on a length of timber. It gets used all the time.
As an example I used the table saw to cut down some pallet wood for the side strips and also the handle for this Pallet Wood Beer Caddy.
Without the table saw, I would have had to do these cuts with a hand saw, then use a plane to finish and smooth the cut edges.
Like I have already said, this thing is just handy to have around.
An affordable DIY Power Tool
Keep in mind that this is a DIY product that costs around $200, and you get what you pay for. If you use a table saw all the time then this product probably isn’t for you.
Ozito Table Saw TSF-1210 – Unboxing
I’m not going to write a list of what is included in the box, just show you an image of all the bits and pieces.
This image doesn’t show the nuts, bolts and washers. Also I forgot to include the Sliding Mitre Gauge.
Putting the Table Saw together
The first thing you need to do is turn the main unit upside down and put on the 4 legs and cross struts.
This is pretty straight forward. Bolts and washers for the legs, bolts, washers and nuts for the cross struts.
You can do this on the floor, but I found it much easier to assemble on a bench. (That’s my kids old work bench that they have now, sadly, grown out of)
Here it is after taking taking it off the bench.
But DON’T TAKE IT OFF THE BENCH YET like I did.
Leave it where it is as it’s much easier to start putting on the side and back table extensions while the saw is still upside down.
The support struts again are pretty straight forward, but you do need to remove the bolts holding the top of the legs to use to hold the extension table support struts.
After the legs, extension tables and support struts are all in place, lift the unit off the bench and stand it on the floor.
I’m using a spirit level, but you can get any straight edge you have lying around and place it on the top of the table across the extension tables.
Now you can adjust the extension tables to line up with the saw table and tighten all the nuts and bolts. It’s a lot easier if you get another spanner to help hold and tighten the nuts as you go along.
Make sure to do the same thing with the back extension table.
Now bolt the Blade Guard onto the Riving Knife with the bolt included.
The Rip Fence just sits in the Guide Rail.
You can also push the supplied Dust Extractor Hose onto the Blade Guard.
I don’t have a Dust Extractor yet, so won’t be using the hose. I need to get one soon and I recommend that you do too. There’s a lot of dust floating around in a woodwork workshop, that you don’t want in your lungs.
That’s it. You now have a very useful new power tool to play with.
Not only is this unit very affordable (at just over $200 at time of writing), another huge benefit is that it has a small footprint. If your workshop is small, like your car garage, this thing won’t take up too much of your valuable space. With the extension tables on, the unit is only 946mm wide x 966mm long.
If you’re into doing some DIY woodworking, I recommend getting one of these affordable Ozito Table Saws.
UPDATE – RIP FENCE MODIFICATION
There is a bit of movement when locking the rip fence so I made a simple modification to give me a precise setting when cutting multiple pieces that need to be the same size.
I extended the fence to reach the end of the table by using a piece of square aluminium tube. So now once I have the fence set I can clamp the other end in place to guarantee no movement!