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Forum topic by LGrey posted 12-14-2008 11:09 PM 12382 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2008 11:09 PM

Hello again everyone!

So, this new, to me, table saw has a plastic yellow Exact-I-Cut insert. I have never used one before and have found no info on how to use it in the manual.

I did find a little info on the net where people were talking about measuring cuts with it. However, I don’t really understand why, or when, you would use the Exact-I-Cut insert. In other words, the light bulb isn’t coming on.

So, is there an on-line tutorial or guide out there any of you could point me to?

Thanks for the help!


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#1 posted 12-14-2008 11:31 PM

Again, I don’t have this saw but from what I can gather from some other sites, it is designed to allow you to put a pencil mark on the saw table top that will locate the position of the cutting edge of the saw blade. In effect, you are creating an extended “cut line”. This is helpful because you don’t have to “nick” the board with the blade to see if you have the work piece properly positioned.

I often use a straight edge and a scribe to do the same thing. The bad part of this method is that it permanently marks the table top. If you change blades, the line may not be accurate due to changes in the blade thickness and you can end up with a bunch of scribed lines and it is difficult to remember which one is for which blade.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-14-2008 11:48 PM

The Exact-I-Cut plastic insert is meant to allow you to place a pencil mark that registers with either side of the saw curf, so that you may more exactly align your board for cross-cuts. I have pencil marks for both sides of the saw blade, thus defining the where the blade kerf is for all 90 degree cuts. Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 12-15-2008 01:47 AM

Ditto what Hersh said. I cover my marks with clear tape if I am going to use the same blade for a while to keep the marks from wearing off.

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 12-15-2008 01:58 AM

I also have this saw. My husband used it and was amazed how accurate it was. I made a cut and marked it with a pencil. Works great.

-- Berta in NC

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#5 posted 12-15-2008 02:22 AM

Hmmm….I understand what you all are saying, but I’m still not tracking.

I understand making the mark to see where it lines up with either side of the blade, but how does it help when the insert is covered by the piece of would you are cutting? For example, if I have a board that is 12” wide and I want to cut it right down the middle, the insert would be covered by the board.

I’m not even sure if I’m asking this correctly…..

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#6 posted 12-15-2008 02:48 AM

You typically use this as a guide for cross cutting. Position the board on the miter gauge. Line up the mark on you board with the mark on your insert. When you push the board into the blade, the blade should hit exactly on the mark on the board.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 12-15-2008 03:02 AM

Okay…the light bulb is coming on!!!!

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#8 posted 12-15-2008 03:31 AM

Hey – the one on this table saw is plastic. I have the top to a Craftsman #113.299130 12” Table Saw from 1974 that includes a complete metal (brass?) cut indicator assembly. Since the yellow plastic one is not in the pest shape, could the metal one be put in it’s place?

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#9 posted 06-08-2013 04:25 PM

Grey, You can find the Exact i cut inserts on ebay or

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#10 posted 06-08-2013 05:42 PM

dave99….....welcome to the forum. please note the thread you replied to is >3 years old.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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