Laserkerf


I'm thinking of getting a "laserkerf" etrofit laser guide for my Bosch 3915 sliding miter saw. So far I'm likely looking at the battery powered, thin kerf version (one less power cord and I use a Freud thin kerf blade more often than not). I'm hoping for a response from someone that has this particular set up. Also, when I went to the Laserkerf site, I didn't like the way they had the laser set up on the Bosch 3915. I'd rather mount it on the slide casing (where the blade guard mounts and hinges from the saw base). It looks like I'd have to use one or even two mounting brackets to achieve this? Maybe I already have all the info I need. But, there is always more to know.
Thanks,
Mike Billings
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The laser is a gimmic...... it looks cool, but is virtually worthless. I think LED's that light up the work surface is a much more useful then the laser. I will always draw the blade down and check alignment before I cut, no matter what the laser tells me...................
The only laser's I feel are of any value are the leveling ones. I have a Rigid compound miter with the laser, just can't use it, when cutting expensive stock. I guess if I was just rough cutting a lot of wood at different lengths then the laser might speed things up, but not when accuracy is concerned.

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I like lasers for one reason, I can see if I am going to cut-off my finger.
I do a lot of production (repetitiive) cuts and sometimes they are smaller pieces being cut at oblique angles and I often need to reach in pretty close to the cut zone so that little red line is a nice double check to make sure I am safe.
BW
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I had the Laserkerf on my Dewalt 12" and found it totally worthless. Zero clearance insert is the only way to go. A small chip of wood flew into the laser and broke the lens allowing sawdust to enter. I sent it back to the maker with no results what so ever. After many e-mails they finally sent it back ,UNrepaired. Not the kind of people I like to deal with.
My 2 cents, Al in WA
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I've seen a laser guide for a drill press advertised. Has anyone had any experience with these? I think it would be incredibly useful IF (a BIG "if") it worked.
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If is a laser you chuck into the drillpress chuck, they work great
The lasers that are mouted away from the chuck - they are major pain the butt. You have to either chuck ALL your drill bits in with EXACTLY the same length of drill bit exposed, or you wind up having to adjust for each and every drill bit you chuck up
I tried both, I kept the laser that chuck into the chuck to give you an accurate point no matter what length of drill bit you have exposed One extra step. but if setting up a jig to hold the workpieces (assuming multiple workpieces need to be drilled) the laser you chuck is the best one.
John
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That's what I figured and why I haven't bought one. I imagine a fixed version could be engineered using two planar lasers that crossed each other along the axis of the drill press (thus being height independent, but that would be complicated. It would also be WAY COOL! It would project cross hairs anywhere you put the workpiece.
I had not seen or heard of the chuck mounted version. You're right, that's the way to go, and would be the most useful for setting up jigs. For most one-time operations, it's pretty easy to set up just using the desired bit.
Tom
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