By far, my favorite tool in the workshop. I have spent a great number of hours and will spend many more at this machine.
My best research indicates that the Star Shop line was a lower priced exclusive to Rona and Reno depot chains in Canada. I ordered this through my local Rona and the retail price was $599cad. The saw is an entry level contender and pretty bare bones, no light, no fence, no brake and no automatic tensioner. It come equipped with a 1HP 10A motor which is quite capable.
Blade changes are easy and the thrust bearings and guide blocks are accessible. With the common size of the blade, one can easily acquire a plethora of sizes to suit any need. Aftermarket accessories should be plentiful and a riser block is a definite consideration. Just beneath the cast iron table a 2.5″ dust collection port is found, it narrows off into a small slit near the blade, a significant amount of resistance can accumulate when using a high volume dust collector. The dust collection port does do an adequate job.
Of all the machines in my possession, this is the only one I won’t consider parting with. In a market with varying sizes, qualities and tolerances, this is a more than capable entry and should provide years of service.