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08-23-2016 10:28 PM

I am considering buying one of these tools. My initial use is to trim the bottom of some vinly siding trim that is just a little too long and bowing on the concrete floor of the garage. I am planning on going corded because I don’t want to deal with yet another battery system and charger.

My two choices at this time are the DeWalt DWE315K 29 piece set and the Bosch GOP40-30C with the StarlockPlus system.

I like the depth guide attachment of the DeWalt, but kinda like the Bosch better although I’m not sure how easy it will be to find StarlockPlus attachments. I have never owned or used one of these tools.

Is the depth guide a useful attachment? It seems like it would take some of the “thinking” out of an operation. Just cut until the attachment touches and move on.

Opinions would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 08-23-2016 10:49 PM

Very useful tools when you need them, I have a Ryobi cordless(no shortage of batteries) and been very happy with it. A depth guide would probably be a nice feature but the tool is very easy to operate so really cannot think of a time I could of used it?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 08-23-2016 11:18 PM

I use mine all the time when doing cabinet installations and use it mostly for plunge cutting base and other trim.
Not sure about the depth guide, but one feature I’d want is a quick detach blade change, I have a corded rockwell and a cordless craftsman, neither have quick detach so I’m stuck using an allen wrench.

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#3 posted 08-23-2016 11:44 PM

I have a Porter Cable and find it very useful at times. Has quick detach blades. Couldn’t tell you if it has or hasn’t some sort of depth adjustment. Though I could imagine depth control would be helpful in some situations as its strong point is the ability to plunge cut.

I’ve only used it for what I would call construction projects and depth control has never been critical for that. I do find it hard to make precision cuts. Again, a construction tool not woodworking tool in my mind and hands.

I will tell you that the triangular sanding pad adapter on mine is useless. The speed is just too fast for the Velcro to hold the sanding pad on well enough. May just be a PC problem.

-- Clin

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#4 posted 08-23-2016 11:44 PM

Currently there is only A $20 difference between the dewalt corded and cordless full package (Amazon) and if you already have the 20v setup the tool only option is cheaper than the corded. I had an off brand corded for a year or so with a standard on/off switch and tool required blade changes. I have to say losing the cord and the addition of trigger style variable speed switch on the 20v dewalt is well worth it. I thought the depth guide would prove more useful than it actually has but I suppose it’s there if I ever need it. These tools have become indispensable when remodeling.

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#5 posted 08-23-2016 11:58 PM

I own a cheapy one I bought to put a wood floor in …..was very glad I had it on 2 nd floor also …..true value ..think I paid 19.95 for it

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#6 posted 08-24-2016 12:06 AM

Both the DeWalt and Bosch that I’m looking at have variable speed, quick change blades and soft start.

soapmaker, you have got me thinking about the battery version. I don’t own a DeWalt battery tool. I have Makita (older drill/driver. the black and white one) and Ryobi batteries. I would end up buying a second battery and have another charger hanging around. But, reviewers really seem to like the battery version. And I may end up using this tool more than I expect.

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#7 posted 08-24-2016 12:21 AM

I agree, the ones with a quick detach blade feature is clutch. Mine is a ridgid and does not have one.

Not to hijack the thread but maby the OP will also appreciate the advice, can anyone reccomend which blades they like?

I sometimes have to use mine for cutting nails in very tight places where a sawzall won’t fit and find that it basically ruins my blade in no time. Considering the price of blades, I’d hope to get a little more life out of them. Ive only used Dewalt but have since switched to the cheapest brand (can’t think of the name) for this type of work because I didn’t feel like the price difference was paying off.

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#8 posted 08-24-2016 12:34 AM

I have a cordless Milwaukee, mostly because I already had a pile of 12v Milwaukee tools already. The tool itself, regardless of brand is fantastically useful.
I’ve done the following things already:
- Removed baseboard by sliding the blade behind it and trimming the nails in between it and the wall.
- Trimmed wood at ceiling in the corner of a room
- Cut straight edges in sheetrock for outlet boxes and such
- Flush trimmed wood against a wall where I couldn’t have done it with any standard tools that I could think of (totally forgot that I had this one until my wife suggested it)

I’d say get this and get the cordless version of whatever one you choose. It’s so much more flexible than the corded for me in just a couple of months.

-- An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions ~Robert A. Humphrey

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#9 posted 08-24-2016 01:22 AM

Not the top of the quality list, but Ridged makes a decent unit that has interchangeable heads (jigsaw, driver, sander, etc).

Mine works just fine for the occasional use it gets.

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#10 posted 08-27-2016 08:46 PM

Grizzly has the cheapest blades by far—around 1/2 the price of others. Cheaper even that HF. I can’t tell any difference in quality. And I think most blade makers (especially if they aren’t brand specific) have universal mounts nowadays.

I have heard of blades that are supposed to be good nail cutters, but I have yet to try one.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#11 posted 08-27-2016 10:55 PM

You don’t show your location so I don’t know if you have a Menards near you. Anyway a few years ago I broke my rule about buying cheap tools and paid $59 for a “Performax” tool that included a few cutters, a few scrapers and a lot of sanding stuff. I remodeled my MIL’s house with that tool. Had to remove the kitchen floor (3 layers of vinyl plus 1/4 underlayment) and one blade let me cut right up to the cabinets. Gutted the bathrooms where the previous owners used drywall adhesive…that scraper took some time but it worked to “scrub” them. The real “jewel” was in cutting outlet boxes in drywall (and even in cutting drywall sheets themselves). I have since used it for various tight quarter sanding tasks. All in all I would say that it was the best $59 I have ever spent on a tool. I think Harbor Freight offers something similar but I can’t opine on that.

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#12 posted 08-28-2016 12:30 AM

Like WimP, I too picked up the Milwaukee 12v cordless because I already have an investment in that tool platform. I’ve used mine to cut the nails on a gangbox and to cut through some side light dividers. I have a couple more projects coming up where it will be very handy to have. It’s not tool-less blade change, but so far that hasn’t been an issue. For MAJOR projects it would not be my go to tool, but for small tasks, it’s compact and does what I ask it to.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#13 posted 08-28-2016 09:39 PM

I have never regretted buying that tool! Cordless would be nice. My biggest problem is metal cutting blades just don’t hold up and are not cheap. I destroyed 3 of them lately on a bathroom project that required cutting galvanized pipe in a location that was nearly impossible to get to. I too am look for better metal cutting blades.

Go with your gut.

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#14 posted 08-28-2016 11:50 PM

Thanks to all for the great advice. I ended up with the DeWalt corded tool. It has the quick change blades, soft start, variable speed and I didn’t need to invest in yet another battery system. I also saw some reviews that said the battery systems may not have the power of the corded tools. Time will tell if I end up regretting the decision to bypass the batteries.

It’s been a busy few days and I only had a brief time to try it on the vinyl siding trim on my garage. I have a third door opening out on the side in the back of the garage. A tractor is stored there. I started in the less visible area and was surprised that it tool a little time to cut the vinyl. There seems to be some sort of metal backing on it, but didn’t have time to really examine it closely.

I hope to get back to that job this week, but it may not be until next week.

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