At age 70 I needed to retire, downsize my 5 bedroom home to a 36’ Toy-Hauler RV and my 2 car garage(shop) to a 16’ cargo van. That meant replacing older bigger tools with small more versatile tools. This was my first (and last) attempt to do that on the Internet.
Buying the Blade Runner, to put it bluntly, was a big mistake. The problem was the guide. (1) The manufacturer “punched out” its chassis, instead of using forged material. (2) There are only two blade rollers instead of three. (3) The adjustments are too little, and for the most part in the wrong places. All this resulted in a “cosmetic” and dangerous guide that never stayed adjusted.
My old jig saw is more precise and it’s definitely no match for the mini-band saw I’ve since bought. You would think the above would make one mad. No!
But the following did.
After emailing the distributor for authorization to return it and boxing it back up, I was reminded of the famous words, “Read the fine print.”
Original cost shipped to me: $193.00. Cost of returning it was; original shipping; my shipping cost; insurance; and a whopping 20% restocking charge. Total $109.56. You do the math. Now, that made me mad!
I have no one to blame but myself, but I am left with the piece of mind that I do not a poorly engineered and potentially dangerous machine in my new shop. If this commentary saves just one person a hand, fingers, or even nothing more than a hundred bucks, then writing it has been worth the time.