LumberJocks

Exactline Laser more like "Within-A-Metre Laser"

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 01-11-2011 10:32 PM 2074 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View newbiewoodworker's profile

newbiewoodworker

668 posts in 2289 days


01-11-2011 10:32 PM

I was watching a couple shows, online, and noticed how close many people’s saw’s laser comes to the cutline. Mine though, seems to be off by a mile…

I did mess around with the adjustment, even went as far as completely taking out the setscrew… sure enough, it was still off by a mile.

So is there something that I am missing?

Its on my Ridgid 10” CMS. Had it for a while, and never quite use the laser… its more of a “keep fingers away from red thingy”.. but still, it would be nice to have usable.

I guess I learned the old fashioned way, put the blade down, and line it up, then hope to hell it doesn’t move when you make the cut.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."


15 replies so far

View Gene Howe's profile

Gene Howe

8240 posts in 2890 days


#1 posted 01-12-2011 06:24 AM

Mine has two lasers. one on each side of the cut. Not worth a crap! Luckily, mine is turned on and off manually. It stays off!
When you get that blade and line to coincide, clamp that sucker! I used to not clamp. I started after a couple of ruined box sides I’d already inlayed. Now, it’s second nature to reach over and give that knob a twist.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

View Pop's profile

Pop

427 posts in 3408 days


#2 posted 01-12-2011 07:02 AM

I have lasers on both my radial-arm-saw & my miter saw. My lasers are the blade washer type that bolt on the arbor next to the blade. Both are dead on. These blade washer type bolted next to the blade sorta have to match the blade track.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

View newbiewoodworker's profile

newbiewoodworker

668 posts in 2289 days


#3 posted 01-12-2011 07:05 AM

Mine is that type. It fits on the arbour.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

17664 posts in 3138 days


#4 posted 01-12-2011 08:46 AM

The one on my circular saw is not a perfect match to the cut line. Just keep your fingers out of the red thingy and follow your makr,

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Dez's profile

Dez

1162 posts in 3539 days


#5 posted 01-12-2011 09:54 AM

I haven’t seen a laser yet that is as fine as a marking knife – on top of that the laser makes it harder for me to see the actual line! Like Topa said it makes a good “safe” line, just keep your fingers away from it!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

View Pop's profile

Pop

427 posts in 3408 days


#6 posted 01-12-2011 06:39 PM

Hi Newbiewoodworker,

I don’t understand. If it is bolted on the arbor next to the blade the laser must follow the side of the blade. If that’s not happening something is wrong with your laser. I’ve used these things with great success over the last several years. I have an Irwin that has been drilled out to 5/8 in. on my Delta radial-arm saw & a Bosch on my Bosch miter saw. Both are dead on.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

View newbiewoodworker's profile

newbiewoodworker

668 posts in 2289 days


#7 posted 01-12-2011 07:43 PM

It follows the blade parrallel.. but its not next to the blade, perse… Its off about a millimetre…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

View Pop's profile

Pop

427 posts in 3408 days


#8 posted 01-12-2011 10:09 PM

What’s holding it off? Is it a high spot on the blade or a high spot on the laser? Mine set very tight to the blade. If that high spot is only on one side that’s going to throw the laser off in all kind of directions. Let me know what you find.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

View newbiewoodworker's profile

newbiewoodworker

668 posts in 2289 days


#9 posted 01-12-2011 11:01 PM

No, its a steady line. Even if I give it a whirl by hand.

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

View devann's profile

devann

2200 posts in 2154 days


#10 posted 01-12-2011 11:16 PM

Hi newbee, I have a factory laser on my mitersaw that works well until I let go of the saw a little to soon from the down position and let it “bang” back up too hard. And try some masking tape on the adjustment screws to keep them where you left ‘em. If I have to transport mine to a jobsite they’ll almost be ready to fall out when I get there.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

View Pop's profile

Pop

427 posts in 3408 days


#11 posted 01-13-2011 12:18 AM

If it’s a steady line then it seems to be parallel to the blade. What’s holding it off the blade. Take it off and look at where it’s touching the blade and the back on the laser. Something is causing that standoff . After that I don’t have the slightest idea what’s happing.

Pop

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

View syenefarmer's profile

syenefarmer

431 posts in 2542 days


#12 posted 01-13-2011 02:22 AM

My CMS has one of those washer type lasers that mount next to the blade on the arbor….........worthless! The laser line shines approx. 1/16” to the left of the actual cut line. I can’t believe I talked myself into paying an extra $50 for the saw with the laser vs an identical one without the laser.

View newbiewoodworker's profile

newbiewoodworker

668 posts in 2289 days


#13 posted 01-13-2011 02:39 AM

I didn’t really pay extra. It was between the Ridgid and the DeWalt. I picked ridgid for the warrantee. It also had a laser which wasn’t a decision making factor… but it was also cheaper than the DeWalt, by about $10… lol..

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

View Pop's profile

Pop

427 posts in 3408 days


#14 posted 01-13-2011 06:53 AM

styenefarmer, I now get it. The washer type laser is off set in it’s case. It’s about 1mm or around a 32nd in. to the left of the cut. Part of that is also to miss the set of the teeth. Come on now folks. A 32nd or a mm. is well within woodworking tolerance. The wood will expand and shrink more than that through the project’s life. I don’t find that a problem. Also if you know it’s offset to the left by whatever just allow for the error when you measure or cut.

Pop.

-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

View newbiewoodworker's profile

newbiewoodworker

668 posts in 2289 days


#15 posted 01-13-2011 06:59 AM

Mine is a little more than that… I would measure it… but the saw has to be running…. and I really don’t feel like buying another tape measure… lol

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com