O(nce again - late to a thread
Couple of things to note
1. The Euro equivalent of OSHA does not permit "blind cuts" - in
table saws - so no dado blades - euro table saws won't hold them.
Routers do the job safer
2. The Euro plunge saws, probably developed by Festool, isn't
designed nor intended to be used by a stick frame carpenter.
It is intended for working with sheet goods. Festool made it
a part of a portable, integrated, woodworking system which
can be used in a small shop - AND - on site.
The Festool plunge saw will cut at a desired line -whether the
blade is at 90s or 45 degrees. It has built in "zero clearance"
which minimizes or eliminates tear out where the saw teeth
come up out of the sheet goods. It has pretty precise depth
of cut setting that's reproducable and easily seen reference
lines for starting and stopping a cut.
One of the major woodworking tools and techniques for Euros
came about at the end of WW II. Europe was pretty torn up
- manufacturing devastated, the supply of solid wood quite
limited and a huge demand for basic household furniture
- mainly cabinets to put things in. So a bright fellow came
up with "manufactured wood products" which used the
readily available wood debris. Skilled woodworkers were in
very short supply - war not being particularly good for males
between 16 and 70. So a bright German came up with a
system of cabinet making that could use task specific
tools and jigs (that didn't require the large capital investment
that mass production required) to make up for the lack of
We, in the U.S. have been playing with woodworking tools
and machines that, for the most part, are basically
the same as they were 50 plus years ago - machine
green being replaced by Platinum White, and brand
colors - for plastic parts. And while we were getting
Tried And True - the Europeans have been innovating.
The fact that riving knives are finally showing up on
tables saw, and riving knives will start showing up
on these plunge saws, seem to indicate that US
"manufacturers" (actually distributors of foreign
made products) that are FINALLY getting the message
- catch up or watch your market share disappear.
Tired - sleep required. End of message
- the 32 mm System