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Proxxon DS230/e Fretsaw

Specification

Machined worktable of die-cast aluminium, 160 x 160mm.
ABS plastic body with side sliding panel for removal of saw dust.
VDE approved 220/240V motor (85W) for prolonged, low noise performance.
Quiet, wear-resistant toothed belt drive running in a ball bearing.
Electronically controllable stroke rate from approx.
150 - 2,500/min.
Adjustable fence and mitre stop with scale.

Review

A light small fretsaw that works very effectively and is easy to use at any level.

My only slight criticism is that it is a touch light and so either needs to be placed on a rubber mat or bolted to something to stop it sliding around.

At first I thought the fence was a tad silly, but it really does work. Although you cannot get as crisp a cut as a circular saw (eg Proxxon KS 230) this would make it a good first all round saw for most people.

I used it to cut out the curved platform that you can see in the picture below for my latest engine project:

Price: approx 115.00 from Axminster Tool Centre.

Conclusion

A well designed and put together machine that would make a great starter saw for a model maker.

See also: Proxxon KS 230 Circular Saw, Tools.