Thursday 26 February 2009
Rob Sandall finds himself astonished with just how much Mafell have to offer with this plunge cut saw
The tighter we find our belts, the more we'll be inclined to plump for the cheaper options, especially if there's not enough of a discernible difference between budget, mid-price and high-end models. Simply then, there are a lot of companies out there who will be feeling the bite as customers adopt a more skeptical approach to 'features', and start to see them more as gimmicks. If you're going to shout about all the unique bits and bobs out there, you'd better hope that every single one of them is there for a very good reason, or if anything you'll find it detrimental to your marketing.
Engineered to excelBefore we tackle the extras, it's worth saying this in itself: the basic manufacture of this plunge saw is to be commended. Of a reassuring weight without becoming unwieldy, there's an overall rugged construction that suggests that not only will this tool take more than a few bound-to-happen knocks, it'll put in a long and loyal service too.
That's the other thing we're looking for more than ever these days: tools that won't let us down after the first few cursory uses, or even after the first year. With a three year warranty available, it's clear that Mafell themselves are confident in the saw's durability, and that's all the more reassuring to the end user.
More than anything, it allows you to put a little more faith in the engineered accuracy of a product, and we were happy to find that our suspicions were very much correct in the case.
Features galoreThe emphasis here is on practicalilty, not gimmick: it's something as simple as the insanely quick blade-change system that will make all the difference to the busy worker: pop open the flap at the side via a safely-positioned switch, apply the key carried onboard for a quick turn, and we're there. In addition, the key itself is also included to allow you to properly make half millimetre adjustments. Set the slider to the measurement your want, apply the key to the fine adjuste at the top of the scale - one half turn will put you exactly halfway between one mark and the next. In terms of incredibly accurate cuts, we're already talking about a considerable advantage over other brands.
The depth of cut selector is absolutely genius too, a pivot on the marker itself allowing you to compensate for the measurement difference a guide rail will incur: there's no need to readjust your scale when working on the rail, just flip the marker around, and it does the maths for you!