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Forum topic by Octavius posted 10-31-2016 11:22 PM 831 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Octavius

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10-31-2016 11:22 PM

Hi folks,
With a new item on the honey do list, I thought I’d treat myself to a new saw – as a kind of reward. Unfortunately, the dang saw isn’t cutting straight. Here’s the set up with a 1×4 of treated pine:

and here’s the result:

As a sanity check, I dragged out the old skilsaw and got a perfect cut:

There must be something I’m doing wrong or maybe the new saw isn’t set up right. I can’t believe the saw is at fault. But what am I missing.

Cheers


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Carloz

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#1 posted 10-31-2016 11:33 PM

I would call P&C

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Madmark2

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#2 posted 11-01-2016 12:14 AM

Reverse the cut.

M

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#3 posted 11-01-2016 02:47 AM

The problem is most likely the blade isn’t parallel to the edge of the plate. If the manufacturer doesn’t state that the two are designed to be parallel, you can’t just assume that it was built that way. Did the blade act like it was binding?

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#4 posted 11-01-2016 01:48 PM



The problem is most likely the blade isn t parallel to the edge of the plate. If the manufacturer doesn t state that the two are designed to be parallel, you can t just assume that it was built that way. Did the blade act like it was binding?

- ArtMann

Kidding, right ?
Of course one should assume that the edge is parallel to the blade. That is the sole purpose of the edge plate.

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#5 posted 11-01-2016 02:14 PM

Art likely has it.

Measure the edge of the plate (the edge you used against the rafter square) to the blade at the front and the back, and see if they are same distance.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 11-01-2016 03:21 PM

I concur, the plate is tweaked.

If you decide to fix it yourself, assuming there are no adjustments to correct this, you can probably add a washer or enlarge a screw hole to correct the error.

Given it is a new saw, I’d probably return/exchange.

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#7 posted 11-01-2016 03:59 PM

I have a battery powered PC circ saw and it’s a piece of garbage. I suggest taking it back and buying a different brand. Mine also throws chips straight at your face. Don’t fight it, they are ill designed tools.

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#8 posted 11-01-2016 04:26 PM

I have a battery powered PC circ saw and it s a piece of garbage. I suggest taking it back and buying a different brand. Mine also throws chips straight at your face. Don t fight it, they are ill designed tools.
- Rick M.

They took a serious nose dive when Black and Decker bought them back around 2004. They introduced their low priced consumer grade tools, mostly marketed through HD and Lowes, and production was moved to Mexico and China. They are not the same company as they were before the turn of the century unfortunately.

To the OP… if you can’t adjust the base plate to bring it into being parallel, take it back as suggested.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#9 posted 11-01-2016 04:45 PM

LOL. Really funny mental image.


Mine also throws chips straight at your face.

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#10 posted 11-01-2016 04:46 PM


I have a battery powered PC circ saw and it s a piece of garbage. I suggest taking it back and buying a different brand. Mine also throws chips straight at your face. Don t fight it, they are ill designed tools.
- Rick M.

They took a serious nose dive when Black and Decker bought them back around 2004. They introduced their low priced consumer grade tools, mostly marketed through HD and Lowes, and production was moved to Mexico and China. They are not the same company as they were before the turn of the century unfortunately.

To the OP… if you can t adjust the base plate to bring it into being parallel, take it back like Rick suggests.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


If you-know-who gets elected, PC and others will come back to America to build their tools. A good reason to vote on Tuesday. Oh! btw, return that PC and get a refund. I would suggest a Dewalt, Makita or Milwaukee saw.

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#11 posted 11-01-2016 04:55 PM

I’ve never used the PC cordless circular saw, but I have their 20vmax drill and hex driver and I really like both.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 11-01-2016 05:13 PM

If you-know-who gets elected, PC and others will come back to America to build their tools. A good reason to vote on Tuesday.
- MrRon

LOL – nice fantasy, but I don’t think it will help much with the saw in question!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Rick_M

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#13 posted 11-01-2016 05:35 PM



LOL. Really funny mental image.

- gargey

But true, it’s as if they designed it to be as unpleasant to use as possible. I wear a full face shield on the rare occasions I use it. Saw was part of a set that I got a killer price on or I would have taken it back.


If you-know-who gets elected, PC and others will come back to America to build their tools. A good reason to vote on Tuesday. Oh! btw, return that PC and get a refund. I would suggest a Dewalt, Makita or Milwaukee saw.

- MrRon

No doubt they are packing up and loading the ships right now, lol.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#14 posted 11-01-2016 06:52 PM

Many thanks indeed to all who posted!

I’ve decided to send to send the saw back. I’m really disappointed as I thought PC was a good brand – higher than Delta and Dewalt, in fact. Guess not anymore, as Brad pointed out.

Onward and upward.

Cheers!

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Rick_M

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#15 posted 11-01-2016 07:03 PM

Far as I know they still make some stuff that’s really good (routers, biscuit joiners) but B&D wanted to promote Dewalt and reduce PC to hobbyist level, shame. They used to make fantastic corded circ saws but I think even those got downgraded.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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