|Project by jack1||posted 1293 days ago||2121 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
In a weak moment a couple of years ago, I bought a panel saw… Actually, it was because of needing extra strength that I got one since I always had to have a friend come by and help me hoist up those heavy 4’x8’ panels of 3/4” oak onto my table saw so I could cut them. I did try to use those clamp-on straight edges and they do work somewhat but, cutting consistently was difficult at best. I got the Milwaukee with the 3 1/2 hp saw, hold-downs, extra length bottom rails to roll the sheet goods on, the measuring jig and wheels (still not too easy to move but better than nothing).
It did cut well and you could minimize the tear out on the edge of sheet goods with the use of painter’s tape to a certain extent. I figured that there had to be a better less time consuming solution. I decided to try a finer blade with more precision. The problem was to try and find a 8 1/4” blade to fill this need! I finally found a Freud 8 1/2” 60 tooth laser cut blade that’s much like their premium line. It is made for miter saws. As you can see in the 3rd picture, I had to “modify” the frame opening because the Freud is 1/4” wider than the Milwaukee blade and it was touching that frame. I used my Makita saws-all to cut out a groove to accommodate the extra blade diameter. It runs like a champ and it’s quieter.
The milwaukee came with a 40 tooth blade and, was like I said, ok. Ok if you are just cutting plywood for construction, gang cutting 2×4’s etc. It was not ok if you are working with expensive or thin ply as in the last two pictures. The first was cut with the milwaukee blade and the second was cut was with the Freud. Night and day! Not only are the cuts within 1/32” on the longest of cuts but they are very smooth without ripped or ragged edges.
-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!