Martlet MM250TS Review
I am still in the process of getting familiar with the saw and building a few extra jigs for it so I will do a follow up on this post but for now I am happy with the purchase. I had some reservations as there was not much information to go on and the saw was quite a bit more than I had originally expected to pay. I feel it was a good choice for me and with a bit of extra set up its cutting perfectly.
- Table size: 635 (L) x 420 (W) mm
- (with extension table): 635 (L) x 1000(W) mm
- Saw blade: 254 mm x 30 mm
- Motor: S6 40% 2200W induction motor
- Blade Speed 4000 rpm
- Maximum depth of cut at 90 degrees: 80 mm
- Maximum depth of cut at 45 degrees: 65 mm
- Cutting width with extension table: 750 mm
- Coupling joint for vacuum exhaust: 100/25 mm
- Net weight: 105 kg
Decision to Buy
I recently made the decision to take the next step with my woodworking and purchase my first table saw. I have made things work this far by just using a circular saw and although I managed to get some good mileage out of the tool, with limited time for me to spend in the workshop it just wasn't practical for me to get things built fast enough so that I could still put in quality time with my family each weekend.
I have to say that the decision to buy a table saw in the middle of a pandemic was no easy feat. Majority of the preferred tools suggested on the woodworking forums were all out of stock and some of them even discontinued.
I had landed on buying a Martlet, either the MJ10250 model or the SB250C Model which I have shown below. Both models as far as I know have now been discontinued and Martlet have released their new line of products which I believe are now made from a new manufacturer.
BPM Toolcraft told me they had one MM250TS that was arriving that week and I decided to go for it. Hopefully the information below will give you some insight to what the saw is like so you can make your own decision.
Building the saw
The table saw arrived on a pallet and for the most part I had to put it all together although some components had been pre-fitted. The whole process took me quite a bit of time, mainly because the instruction manual was borderline useless, but the real difficulty was dealing with the weight of the motor and cast-iron top by myself. It was manageable but just cumbersome enough to make it a bit frustrating at times.
The whole process took me about 3 or 4 hours although it took a further few days of tweaking to get everything how I wanted it.
The price of the saw ended up coming in at R22100, which is super expensive if you think about their two previous models coming in at around R13-14k. I would imagine the price would be one of the biggest deterrents for this as a purchase. You could most definitely get a second hand saw with cast iron top for much less and restore it. There is no doubt that for many that is a way better option. This review will be for those that are interested in buying a new machine.
I think for the most part the build quality is quite good. Most things were fitting well straight out the box and apart from one damaged extension table from transportation, the rest was all in good shape.
One of the extension tables was damaged but I made swift work of repairing it with a hammer. I think my main gripe about the build quality is just the design decision to place the power button on the side of the saw. It’s not the end of the world but just doesn’t make sense. I will move the button to the front in the next few weeks. The main issue with the placement is that you have the sliding table over it, and during a cut if something goes wrong you have to fiddle with one hand to the side of the saw and blindly press the buttons to get the saw off.
One of the main concerns with any TS purchase is the quality and precision of the fence. My initial impressions have been quite impressed with the fence. The adjustment does take a bit of time, but once you dial it in it feels solid. The fence does not stretch across the whole table and ends just after the blade. You can adjust the fence by loosing 4 screws below and making adjustments before tightening them.
The induction motor on this saw is really great with noise levels, I honestly expected it to be so much louder than it actually is. Compared to tools like a router or even my shop vac its such a pleasure. The motor is attached to the cast iron table, to align the blade with the mitre slot you loosen 3 of the 4 screws on the cast iron table and then stick your hand in and shift the saw towards where you need it to go and then tighten the bolts up. This still took me a few chances to get it right but compared to saws where you need to move the table top its probably a lot easier.
This saw has a bigger footprint that obviously job site saws but considering what you are getting with the extension tables and sliding feature it’s not that big. I operate in a small space at the end of my garage and have found it fits in the space really well. If space is a concern you could always remove one or two of the extension tables.
The saw comes with a riving knife that adjusts with the height of the saw blade and was square with the blade straight out of the box. There is also a blade guard / dust shroud which is good to have but it does get in the way of some of the cuts. It connects to the riving knife and already has stopped a few of my cuts mid-way through as I firstly hit the screw with my push stick on my first cut on smaller stock and then the sliding table extension to support the work piece also got caught on it. Both were easily avoidable now that I understand the problem areas but was a bit scary figuring it out mid cut.
As I have already mentioned, my main gripe with safety is the position of the power switch. Really stupid location to put it.
The dust collection is terrible. Well actually, my shop vac is a terrible solution to solving this table saws dust. The port on the back connects to both the saw and the blade guard for two points of collecting dust during a cut. This is great if you have the power but obviously for me having to try collect at both ports doesn’t leave me with much power to do an effective job on either. So, I can’t really comment on dust collection because it would be unfair to judge it based on my current set up. I get a ton of dust under the saw, so if you think your shop vac will do the job, it really won’t.
This saw is known as “Charnwood W629” overseas and I found a video review on the exact same saw that I think really captures everything perfectly.