|Review by NiteWalker||posted 07-05-2013 05:53 AM||2052 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
- Kobalt Plastic Laminate Scoring Cutter Model #52017
- Brand: Kobalt | Category: Other
I’ve had this for a while, but it hasn’t really gotten a workout until the past few days.
I’m redoing my router table top and since my table saw is a bosch 4100 now, safely cutting a 4’x8’ sheet of laminate into manageable pieces isn’t feasible.
Cutting the laminate with this tool is easy; I just made the necessary tick marks on the laminate sheet, laid a 4’ scrap of apple ply and ran the scoring tool along the apply ply with firm pressure several times. I then lifted up on the laminate folding it on top of itself and it snaps at the scored line.
I cut the sheet of laminate into a bunch of smaller pieces and it worked easily and reliably every time. Even when I get my bigger table saw again I think I’ll stick to this method. It’s easy and there’s literally no “kerf” lost as there is when cutting with a table saw.
I think what I like the most about this tools is the way the blade is shaped; only the point scores the laminate; the side of the durable carbide blade rides along the straightedge material. If I had tried this with a utility knife, the blade would have kept wanting to dig into the apple ply.
Next time I head to Lowe’s I’ll grab a pack of replacement blades since I work with plastic laminate fairly often.
-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.