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Forum topic by Loren posted 08-17-2011 03:00 AM 1139 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Loren

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08-17-2011 03:00 AM

In my pro career, doing installations usually involved lugging way too
much portable machinery to make relatively small cuts, including
tapers that are ubiquitously required in finish carpentry, dangerous
on a table saw, fussy with a scroll saw and generally a pain in the butt.

It’s hard to believe this type of saw wasn’t available sooner and
what’s crazier is that it comes from Skil (?!?) and is affordable.

In a pinch it can crosscut, miter and rip… all in one tool. Who
woulda’ thought?


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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 03:59 AM

I have one. I honestly have not even had a chance to plug it in and test it. From first inspection, I think it will work out just fine.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 04:28 AM

How do you set it to taper? What size blade is it?

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 04:40 AM

I don’t think it will taper (unless you have a tapered block to run against fence.) The blade is about 4”. Like the little cordless circular saws.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Tedstor

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#4 posted 08-17-2011 05:13 AM

Couldn’t you clamp the workpiece, at the required taper angle, directly to the table?
This is the first time I’ve ever seen this tool, so I’m not trying to be a wiseguy. I’m actually very intrigued.

Just looked at Amazon. $150. Pretty good reviews, decent replacement blade selection from Skil, Oshlun, PC, and Freud. Most are ~$10.
Only hold up for me is that it has a max cutting depth of 3/4” (yeah I know. Its a 4 3/8 flooring saw). If it could cut 5/4, I’d have already ordered it. If it offered the ability to accept a dado stack…..........Sick.
A mini/benchtop RAS?
Cool tool none-the-less and I’m now waiting to see one of these on CL at a giveaway price.

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David Kirtley

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#5 posted 08-17-2011 05:20 AM

You could but it is only up to 8” wide for ripping and about a foot for crosscut. I forget the actual capacities. I picked it up because I don’t have a tablesaw and thought it would be nice for frame and panel stuff. I figured that big stuff I could do on the bandsaw. You could make a sled to taper in rip orientation. Still pretty cramped.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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BentheViking

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#6 posted 08-17-2011 05:50 AM

Hmmmph…I tried looking it up online and realized I didn’t even know what to call it so I went to Skil’s website and they call it a flooring saw. I certainly see how it could be useful in flooring, but I feel like it would be limited in a lot of other capacities. Retails at the big blue store for $169, but for $149 you could get a Skil table saw which seems infinitely more useful.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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superstretch

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#7 posted 08-19-2011 10:06 PM

Hmm.. looks like a great starter table saw. I saw something similar already today that allowed angled cuts.. Can’t remember for the life of me what it was called though.

I assume there’s a fence and you can lock the saw part to rip?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Loren

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#8 posted 08-19-2011 10:26 PM

I wouldn’t expect it to substitute for a table saw, but for many jobsite
installations it would be easier to carry and set up since the saw moves
in crosscut mode long pieces can be cut without setting up side supports,
lugging a miter saw stand, fussing with a rinky-dink miter gauge or 100lb.
miter saw setup.

It is not a table saw, but it does some cool things… almost like a lighter-weight
sawbuck with some rip capacity.

If I got my hands on one it would take me about 3 minutes to figure out
how to jig it to rip tapers.

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Tedstor

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#9 posted 08-20-2011 05:50 AM

I’ve watched a couple video demos, and another apparent upside is dust collection. While the catch bag is as useless as any, the vacuum attachment looks to be incredibly effective. The miter saws I’ve used have been dust spewers, vac or no vac.
I love the concept, I just it could cut thicker stock.

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PutnamEco

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#10 posted 08-21-2011 01:47 AM

I wish we could get tools like Boschs GTM 12 combination saw. They would seem to be a much more durable and versatile tool. I could see using one professionally myself.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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