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Posted on Am I expecting too much of this saw?

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#1 posted 06-15-2019 11:27 AM

Chopmaster leaves a 7/64 kerf, so 0.109375. They do not give plate thickness, as most suppliers do. I’ve always assumed they don’t want you finding out a lot of blades are thicker. What a Chopmaster is, is well balanced, with great carbide, and a 80 or 90 tooth count. So your cuts will not be frayed.

On the Bosch blade. I am not finding the spec blade for that saw. You could get it off the blade, and google it to Bosch, to see if it isn’t maybe a thicker kerf than the Forrest blade. If the kerf is thicker, stands the reason the plate will be also. With this it does say for that saw it’s a 60 tooth blade, so tooth upgrade, maybe thicker saw plate???? Still not gonna matter on accuracy, it is really a different set of facts. But the slices will be smoother.

I’m just not sold that is going to be enough difference to magically make this a super fine cut tool, but I know it will cost you either 175 bux, or 195 depending on tooth count on the Chopmasters. Don’t get me wrong. I bought one, still didn’t make it tight cutting, it’s the machine, not the blade. Sure you can improve the blade, but it will not become some fine woodworking demon.

Holbs does bring up good points on tool operation, but just tool operation isn’t going to make the difference. It’s a rough cut wobble machine, gonna do what it does. I’m also not poking fun at the Bosch tools, next to the Festool it would be the #1 choice for me. I do own one, but my BIL seems to be using it all the time now. I have a POS DeWalley, but to cut to rough length, it works as good as the Festool.

If you really do want to increase the saw plate, and tooth count I would suggest you go here Kerf is .116, Saw plate is a heavier .098. This blade does NOT deflect, cut quality is very good, maybe not as special as the Chopmaster, but for the $$$$ a much better bargain if you want a stable blade, built on a substantial saw plate.

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