|Review by Brad_Nailor||posted 12-06-2009 08:10 PM||5300 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I was going to do the usual cutting and fitting and fussing with making myself some ZCIs’ for my new Unisaw. Then I thought about exploring the world of commercially made inserts. there are allot to choose from. I was going to go with a system by Lee Valley/Veratris. It has very cool interchangeable plates and a single Alum. insert. But it was a little more than I wanted to pay ($79.00) for an insert. So I was at Woodcraft yesterday buying wheels, and I saw the Leecraft. It seemed really nice so I figured I’d give it a try. It has a really nice feel to it ….heavy and solid, with a really slick outside material..I think it’s solid phenolic. The leveling feet/screws are really good quality and they are set very tight in the plate so you can do fine adjusting and they won’t vibrate out of position. I was able to dial it in to a perfect height. Another thing I really liked about it was the front and side adjustment screws…small screws set in the front and side that you can back out to take out any slack..I was able to tweak it perfectly so its snug and doesn’t move but pops out easily. The starter grove for the blade made it real easy to do the cut, and I had the insert in and I was cutting wood in less than a half hour. The only thing I have to gripe about is my thin kerf WW2 blade seems to have a few teeth that are slightly out of alignment with the rest, and they hit the insert and make it a little noisy. I was able to use some sandpaper and an emery board to file it a little bit here and there to quiet it down. Overall I really like this ZCI and I will probably buy another one for all my other blades. Well worth it at $24.99.