SawHelper Ultrafence Portable Miter Saw Stand
A lot of the tool world is dominated by the likes of Bosch, Ryobi, DeWalt, Milwaukee, and the other big name tool manufacturers. There's no doubt that they make some great tools, but we always like it when some little company produces a tool that runs so far ahead of the pack that it could only be the product of a small group of single minded people. Sawtooth Specialty Tools' SawHelper Ultrafence is like that. It's a very unique miter saw stand and ever since we first caught wind of it a few years back we haven't yet heard a single negative thing about it.
The Sawhelper comes in four pieces; the saw stand, the saw platform, and the two extension wings. The extensions are available in a few different sizes (50", 84", 100") depending on your needs. The legs of the extensions are adjustable from 30" to 42", which is quite a range, ensuring that you'll be able to level the stand no matter how uneven the ground is.
There are a few things that set the SawHepler above the rest of the saw stands out there. First is the manner in which the extension wings attach to the saw stand. It's done with this cool coupler system that ensures that the wings are always aligned perfectly with the saw, the exact same way every single time. Also, because of the accuracy of this system, you can be confident that the ruler on the extension wings is always dead on.
The SawHelper also has a great looking flip stop for production cutting. Not only is it finely engineered, but it also has an alignment marker on the extension ruler meaning that accurate cuts can be made without even using a pencil or a tape measure.
The saw stand folds up and the extensions are made of heavy-duty aluminum, so when it's broken down the SawHelper is portable.
We've only heard great things about the SawHelper; that it's always accurate, that it's a snap to set up, and that it's built to last. But as always, this type of quality doesn't come cheap. The SawHelper, with two 50" wings is going to set you back about $450. With two 84" extensions, you're in the $540 range and if you opt for the 100" extensions, you're going to be spending about $575. Keep in mind that those aren't your only options. SawTooth will happily put together any combination of extensions that you want (i.e. one 50" and one 100") and it will be priced accordingly.
Once you get over the initial sticker shock and start to think about it, the price doesn't seem all that unreasonable. If what people say is true, the price is actually pretty good. Think of the time (and money) you'll save knowing that each time you set up the stand, the ruler will be dead-on accurate.
We can see the SawHelper in the hands of just about everyone. Even though it has the accuracy of a fine finish tool, the flips stop makes it perfect for any framing or siding crew.
If you're just looking for a way to get your saw up off the ground, then go pick up the $100 Ryobi saw stand. But, if you're looking for a fully-functional, finely tuned piece of equipment, then start thinking SawHelper.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at April 15, 2008 5:00 AM