Saw Trax 1088 88" 1000 Series Panel Saw
Everyone has seen how fast and easy the vertical panel saws are to use in the Home Center stores. Imagine having a portable version of that but more accurate and with more capability? As my old Drill Instructor would tell us, “If a man can conceive it, a man will achieve it”. The Varsity Series Vertical Panel Saw gives you the capabilities of much larger machines, in a smaller portable package. The smaller package means lower cost but has more capability than the Home Center machines because of the Unique quick change carriage that allows other tools like a router, pivoting razor knife, glass cutter and rolling shear.
- Accu-Square alignment system
- Accu-Glide sealed bearing system
- Powder coated frame
- Zinc plated 11 gauge steel guide tubes
- Quick Release Carriage
- Retraction Mechanism
- Cord Holder
- Center Material Step
- Makita 5007F Saw
- Spinning Saw Insert Plate
- Dust Hood, Hose, Brush, Hose Coupler
- Compact 60" Wide Steel Frame
- Folding Stand
- Frame Wheels
- Dual Rip Gauge
- Stop, Bar and Tapes
So you say, “What makes this better than a Home Center vertical panel saw?” First, this machine uses real steel bearings and not U bolts with plastics rings, giving it a smoother and more accurate pull stroke.
Unlike Home Center machines that have 13 adjusting points for squareness, this machine is always square because of the single factory set-and-forget Accu-Square alignment system.
The Makita 5007F off the shelf 15 amp. saw uses easy to find 7.25 inch saw blades. Other machines use obscure and expensive 8″ blades and proprietary saws causing long down times and expensive replacements.
The dust collection uses a Dust Brush to surround the blade so that the saw dust is actually contained until the larger 2.5″ vacuum hose evacuates it. Other machines use a thinner hose and a vinyl tube that has to be adjusted for each thickness of material cut. It is usually cut into and discarded the first week of use.
Besides sawing, the quick change carriage allows fast cutting tool changes such as a floating router, pivoting razor knife, aluminum composite rolling shear and glass cutter.
Inconspicuous features make this machine much easier to use than other panel saws. A lighted viewing port in the dust bonnet of the saw make it easy to align your saw blade with a mark on your material. We incorporate a center step that prevents small pieces from falling and bouncing back into the saw blade after a cut. Other machines take two people to fold their stand, ours is an easy one man folding stand that folds like a ladder. For stability, our frame wheels are only on the ground when the machine is in use. For faster cut set ups, we incorporate two rip gauges that allow cutting from either direction and a stop that can be used on either side of the machine (and optional mid fence) that incorporates a bar for cutting strips.
Basically, the Varsity is a smaller version of the 1000 series vertical panel saw giving you a less expensive and more portable version of a full size panel saw. It is ideal for customers that need a vertical panel saw to precision cut sheet goods that are up to 1 ¾ inches thick.
Feature Comparisons for the Saw Trax 1000 series panel saw:
Look into the dust shroud blade window and you will see the saw’s light illuminate the blade for easy alignment with a cut mark.
No window on theirs.
Feel the smooth and precise pull of the bearing system on the carriage.
They use a U-bolt with plastic washers.
Enjoy the benefits of a dust collection system that collects dust and prevents you from being pelted with saw dust when rip cutting.
They use a clear vinyl tube that has to be adjusted for every width of material being cut that gets pushed into the saw blade in the first week of use rendering useless.
Never worry about your saw not cutting square because of the patented set and forget Accu-Square alignment system.
Other panel saws have 13 adjusting points that can get their saw out of square.
Have the ability to use a router with your saw or other cutting tools. Some customers have purchased two saws with “dedicated” saw blades for cutting different materials to save the time of changing the blade. Some have used a wood saw and swap it out to use a metal cutting saw for sheet steel.
You would be stuck with their saw.
Have the benefit of using a standard 7.25″ blade.
They use an obscure and expensive 8″ blade.
The off the shelf Makita 5007F saw allows you to easily repair or replace the saw.
Their saw is proprietary and you will be paying far more to replace it.
Our folding stand comes attached from the factory using ladder hinges and 10 lock nuts. The frame wheels also come attached from the factory. Our machine is not on the wheels when in use.
You have to attach their stand using U bolts and angle iron. Their saw is always on the wheels making it less stable.
Use our stop on either side of the saw. Use the stop extension bar for cutting strips.
Their stop can be used on one side only and does not have the strip bar feature.
|FS52C Full Size 52 Classic||H-4|
|Bearings on Carriage||Steel sealed bearings, 12 per carriage, tighter tolerances, easier movement||U-Bolt with nylon washers, 4 per carriage|
|Alignment System||Patented Accu-Square system||No alignment system|
|Set & forget|
|Saw Replacement||Off the shelf||Proprietary - must be|
|Limited down time||Replaced through manufacturer|
|Carriage Locks||2||1 - Not as secure as 2 when rip cutting|
|Shipping||Crated||Limited protective packaging,|
|Instructions||Instructional CD video plays in computer and manual||Manual only|
|Router Capable||Floating Router Insert available||No|
|Razor Knife Capable||Razor Knife Insert available||No|
|Rolling Shear Capable||Yes||No|
|Glass Cutter Capable||Yes||No|
|Cut Line Illuminated||Saw has 2 lights||No|
|Retraction Cable||Off-set||Can pull when feeding material from side|
|Viewing port in saw's dust cover||Yes||No|
|Never need adjustment||(12 can go out of alignment)|
|Cross & Rip Cut||52" Cross Cut/Unlimited Rip||50" Cross Cut/Unlimited Rip|
|Saw Blade Type||7 ¼" - Found everywhere||8" - Hard to find,|
|Depth of Cut||1.75"||1.75"|
|Saw||15 Amp Makita 5007F||15 Amp Milwaukee|
|Saw Blade Included||Yes||No|
|Saw Blade Guard||Yes||No|
|Folding Stand||Folds like a ladder, Takes one person to move, Attached at factory, Uses ladder hinges and 10 lock nuts, 2 welded safety legs prevents saw collapse||No, fixed stand only, user attaches|
|Can't get through standard door|
|No lock nuts on stand, Angle Iron|
|Wheels for Frame||5" - Weight off wheels while on stand||4" - Weight always on wheels, not as stable|
|Dust Brush||Yes, sweeps cut on retraction||Not available|
|Stop Bar & Tapes||Use on either side. Included in package||Left side only|
|Dust Collection||Includes dust brush, 12' hose (2.5 " diam.) and hose coupler||Vinyl tube and thinner hose, tube needs constant adjustment and lasts about a week|
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