by Chuck Bender
Most woodworkers only dream about owning a European sliding table saw. The size and price tend to be limiting factors, particularly for those not making a living from their woodcraft. The Hammer K3 Winner series of table saws breaks new ground on both fronts.
Hammer, a part of the Felder Group, has managed to include all the performance of a high-end sliding table saw for only about 10 percent more than a quality American cabinet saw. But the competitive price and size doesn’t mean the company skimped on quality.
Out of the box (technically off the shipping pallet), the K3 Winner comes nearly fully assembled and ready to go to work. I invested little time in putting together the rip and crosscut fences – both came accurately calibrated.
Not only was the 90° stop on the crosscut fence accurate, but the flip-stop scale was dead-on as well. “Assembly” was as simple as sliding the aluminum extrusion along the mounting plates until it hit the positive stop.
I made my first test cut with the stop set at the 16″ mark and the board came off the saw exactly 16″ long. When it comes to accuracy, there just isn’t any more you can ask.
Web site: Hammer
Blog: Learn more about how easy and accurate setup is for the K3 Winner. (to come)