Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 101
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Achilles1st Assembly Instructions need to be improved.
Just purchased the stand tonight so I can mount a 13' planer to it. I selected the Dewalt as opposed to the Porter/Cable (P/C) version Lowe's was selling because of some derogatary comments it recieved re its assembly. In addition, I preferred the rollers on the extension arms work support (item H) that the Dewalt and was not available on the P/C model which had slider bars.. For those reasons I felt the ten extra bucks seemed worth it. To my dismay, the Dewalt assembly instructions were also poor written, This was particularly true during the assembly of the wheels and the identification of the hardware and fasteners. In addition, the allen wrench tool, which the instruction stated was included with the hardware was missing. Furhermore, one of the Handle (Item I) screws would not align itself without me enlarging the non-threaded hole first. I was disapponted that Dewalt would put out a product like this with their name on it. I always admired Dewalt for their product line, although I allows found them to be somewhat over-priced. The P/ C and the Dewalt look almost indentical with the exception of the color and extension arms work support. I would not be surprised that the same Chinese company made both models. After I use the stand for a few months, I'll update its performance review. Recommendation, if your mechanically inclined go for it, but if you don't know how to put Tab A in Slot B, stay away from this product.
September 6, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Very Misleading Product Name
I bought two of these so I could mount both my Dewalt planer and Dewalt miter saw. The miter saw bolted right up and the stand works well. However the planer does not fit the stand in the correct orientation. The instruction manual shows the planer on the stand with the in/out feeds aligned with the support rollers and states the planer MUST be mounted as shown. But the only way it fits is if its rotated 90 degrees, facing the in/out feeds to the sides of the stand. This not only makes the rollers useless and negates one of the stands major functions, if used in this configuration the protruding material being fed thru the planer could create an unsafe, unbalanced situation and cause the machine to fall over while operating. One of the warning paragraphs says "If the tool's mounting holes do not line up with the slots in the mounting rails, mount the miter saw or planer to a piece of 3/4 inch plywood." First, if they had tried to mount the planer they would know it doesn't line up so saying "If the holes don't line up..." is simply denying the problem. Second, I should not have to fabricate a make-shift interface to mount a Dewalt planer to a Dewalt planer stand! I have spoken with Dewalt customer service twice so far and both times they have indicated that a) this is the first time anyone has brought this problem to their attention, and b) they are sending this issue to their R&D department with highest priority and I should be contacted in 2/3 days. Its been a week since my last call to them and I have yet to hear anything. During my second call they also referred me to the closest Service Center in the hopes that they might have a solution. Thats not only passing the buck, its passing it the wrong way. Bottom line, as a miter saw stand the product works as described and seems to function properly. As a planer stand, this is the most misleading product name I have ever seen and I should have saved my money.
October 16, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by projectguy High Quaility item
This review is strictly on assembly. I almost did not buy this product because of some of the reviews I read. But so far, I’m glad it did buy it. First comment on the assembly manual: In many cases, the description and the picture are not on the same page. This is an inconvenience. Another reviewer mentioned the wheel assembly description was vague. I agree. The description mentions two washers; my kit had four washers along with two bushings that were not mentioned. The proper assembly should say; place one washer on the inside of the wheel, the bushing in the wheel hub, another washer and then the nut. And here’s a note to the designers, if the bushing were made a bit longer than the wheel hub, the nut could be tightened down until it bottoms on the washer pushing on the bushing instead of saying not to tighten the nut too tight so the wheel won’t turn. Next, one of the tapped holes for the handle mount had a burr and the screw would not start. I had to use a small screw driver to remove the burr and then a wire brush. After installing the handle, I found the release lever hits one of the handle mounting screws. When using the release lever, it has to be pulled outward to clear the screw head. After completing assembly, I went to lower the unit. It did not want to lower, or so I thought. Only after spending a GOOD amount of time checking the rigging of the release cable and for any places the unit could be binding, I realized that the hydraulic or pneumatic piston is pretty strong and it takes a good amount of force to lower the unit. The handle to raise and lower the unit is held on by two screws, one big and one small, as strong as the piston is, both screws should be big, because the handle moves in the mounts when pressure is applied. Now that it is assembled, it is a very well built, heavy duty unit. I spent so much time trying to figure out why the unit wouldn’t lower, that I ran out of day light and did not get to mount the saw or use it.
October 16, 2012