|Forum topic by hg1027||posted 09-02-2012 09:29 PM||777 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
09-02-2012 09:29 PM
I recently inherited a circular saw from my grandfather. Until I got it, I was convinced I didnt need one, the table saw was fine. Now I have it, I’ve used it every weekend.
The saw is a craftsman 7” “Electric Hand Saw” which means circular saw today. It may have had the original blade on it (he only ever cut 1/4” ply and PVC as far as anyone can remember). I replaced it with a 6.5” Freud Diablo 40t to cut up some 3/4” ply, and that worked well. This saw is quieter than some new saws I’ve used.
I’m looking for advice on a couple things. As to the blade, this $15 Diablo seems alright, carbide tips, cutouts, all that. Am I better off sticking with this smaller blade, are there decent wood cutting 7” blades for sale somewhere I havent looked, should I be able to use a 7 1/4” blade safely?
Second, the base is stamped, and the miter adjustment leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a regular nut (may have been a wingnut originally?) so it requires a wrench, and when I got it, the base would run in to the top blade guard at about 42 degrees. A file took care of that (just about 1/8”, so no safety issue) but I was surprised. Are there aftermarket bases that I just haven’t been able to find?
Last, anything I should do to keep it running? I put a few globs of lithium grease in the arbor, it was full of sawdust and plastic dust. The cord is good.
Thanks for any reply.