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#1 posted 07-22-2013 07:46 PM

I love my gent’s saw. I have a Craftsman that I tuned to work well. This required me to file the teeth, reset them and make a few modifications to the handle (removed the finish). I don’t have the angle control issues, but I learned with this saw, it’s different. I have a carcass saw that is a bit longer filed for crosscut work with a traditional “D” handle, the difference is there, but you can learn both saws. For me I feel the gent saw does a good job of allowing you to control your angles while a heavier saw will help you cut straight based on a higher inertia point.

Here’s the important part though. I spent $10 on the saw, $6 for a file, and $30 for a saw set, $20 for a saw vise, and another $5 for a mill file. So we are up to $51 at that point, and we have not talked time, sandpaper, etc. Long story short, get a SHARP saw, in what ever configuration you want. You will want the sharpening gear at some point, but that can be after you have put some miles on the saw.

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