Re: Rules for tools - current position - Circular saws, and still wondeing which one



I'd be interested in your experiences with the mitre board as it looks like a good idea and I'm thinking of buying one.
(Also anyone else who has one of course)
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Chris Green ( snipped-for-privacy@x-1.net)

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On 3 Jul 2003 11:01:08 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@isbd.co.uk wrote:

It's a great idea sure enough. The was a let down or two on opening the box, however these are ONLY cosmetic, but it did annoy given how avoidable these are in nature.
OK, first a fact, it is injection moulded polypropelyne. That said this makes it tough as old boots in the same way skate boards are.
Sadly the moulds are in dire need of the attentions of a good tool maker - I have in my time been a QC in an injection moulding shop, and those shots would never have seen the outside of the factory on my shift! There was flashing in places it showed and clearly should not have been, like making bolt holes a bit tight, but nothing any DIY er could not sort out in no time anyway, but my view is that at this price, you should not be having to do that at all.
Assembly is really simple,and once you have followed the directions, a first cut must be made in the somewhat rough sacrificial bed (a rather ropey looking wooden plank in the slot provided, but since it's immediately going to be ripped anyway for a cut reference line, it's quality appearance wise is not that critical!) It's proportions were a mil or two over length, but nothing dreadful and it held a fine edge when first ripped, so it was clearly adequate if not to pleasing on the eye.
In use it seems to make fine cuts in a straight line in the direction of your choosing and setting. What's not to like?! ;O)
It states for saws of 7 /14" dia and over on the box, so make sure you don't have one smaller! (I nearly did at one point too!)
There is an annoying quarter mm rock diagonally on the saw, but I have not yet found out if this is the jig or the sole plate on the saw. It does not make it's presence particularly felt on the finished work the combination makes though.
Yes in the same situation I'd buy it again, but I will make others based on it's dimensions for other tools etc, mostly for the utility and partly for the satisfaction if I do manage to better it.
They got a retailers award (I can well imagine!) and they got a web site - http://www.macboard.qc.ca/ - not checked the prices round the world yet, but I bet it's a good bit lower elsewhere, but just not quite worth the hassle of personal import, you'd probably pay almost what it costs at Axminster! (funny how that often happens!) ;O)
In Use 10/10 - does what it says
Presentation 4/10 - needs a tidy up in the qc area, which would transform the product you pull out of the box.
Value 7/10 - ok, it works, it's not bargain basement, and could be nicer for so little extra effort on makers part, try making that cut when you don't have one! ;O)
Hope this helps
Take Care, Gnube
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