Archive for the ‘Saws’ category

Makita’s introduces JR3070CT AVT Reciprocating Saw

September 1st, 2011

Makita’s got a new reciprocating saw, the JR3070CT.  Most of its features are pretty standard for a big corded reciprocating saw.  It has a 15 Amp motor, goes from 0-2800 SPM, and has tool-less blade changes.  The saw features a stroke of 1-1/4″ which is a bit longer than average, and makes for smoother, faster cutting.  It has some nice controls, which allow you to set a max speed,  as well as adjust the cutting action between orbital and straight cutting.  To prolong the tools life it features a mechanical clutch that will disengage the drive if the saw binds up.

The headline feature here though (which you can tell from the giant AVT emblazoned onto the side of the saw) is the Anti-Vibration Technology (AVT).  This is a counter weight system that Makita claims will reduce the vibrations by half.  Vibration is a big deal as it is one of the primary factors in fatigue.  A saw that is shaking around alot will cause you to get tired very quickly, as your arms will try and hold it in place.  Therefore AVT should make this saw alot easier to use for long periods of time than other comparable saws.

Milwaukee redesigns Sawzall Blades

September 23rd, 2010

Milwaukee has changed the design of their Sawzall blades.  In an attempt to increase blade life they’ve changed the profile of the teeth, as well as decreased the number of teeth from the standard six per inch to five per inch.  The decrease in teeth also has the added benefit of increasing the speed of the cut.   Milwaukee claims the new profile handles nails better with out dulling the blade, and they’ve got the YouTube video to prove it.  Milwaukee also added another little mini-tooth on the the tip, which they call the FangTip, which helps with plunge cuts.  They’ve got another super slo-mo video of that as well.  No word on availability or pricing, however as of yesterday they were not in stock at the local Milwaukee shop, or the Home Depot.

Source: Milwaukee (warning PDF link)

Milwaukee’s new Sawzall scraper ‘Blades’

September 7th, 2010

Milwaukee has introduced a few new accessories for their Sawzall and Hackzall lines.  The new tools, which should work with any standard reciprocating saw, take their queue from the Multimaster type tools, these new scrapers should make tasks like tile removal alot easier.  Milwaukee also shows it being used for paint removal, although I suspect it might be a bit to harsh for a task like that.  In addition to these new scrapers, Milwaukee is also introducing a grout removal tool, which features a coarse carbide grit on the cutting edge that will make short work of both epoxy and cementitious grouts.

Source: Milwaukee

Hilti’s New DSH 900 Hand-held Gas Saw

August 3rd, 2010

Hilti has a new gas powered hand-held saw for masonry applications.  The DSH 900 features a 16″ diamond Equidist blade and a 87 cc two-stroke engine.  The engine puts out 6 hp, which should be enough to easily power through the toughest concrete, brick or metal.  It features an integrated water cooling system, and its best in class power to weight ratio makes it easy to use.  The saw also features a primer bulb and a simple starting procedure to get you up and cutting faster.  Details on price and availability should coming soon.

Ridgid’s New Tile Saw, ‘The Beast’

July 30th, 2010

Ridgid is calling their newest tile saw, Model #R4090 ‘The Beast’ and for good reason.  This 125lb wet saw can cut rip tiles up to 34″ long, and cut on a diagonal at 24″.  The 10″ diamond blade is powered by a 15 Amp variable speed motor.  This lets you match the speed of the blade to the material you are cutting.   The saw is mounted on a fancy head that allows it to adjust to any angle between 0-45 degrees, and it easily moves across the table to let you cut where ever you want.  The Beast sits on its own collapsible cart, and has 8″ wheels to make getting it up and down stairs easier.  That’s a good thing considering its 125lb weight.  All that heft doesn’t come cheap though, as the saw retails for $899.

Source: Ridgid

Dewalt Miter Saw LED Worklight Review

July 29th, 2010

Lasers are all the rage these days showing up on everything from miter saws, to  drill presses, to even scissors.  Anyone who’s seen the New Yankee Workshop has looked at Norm’s miter saw with its fancy laser system and wanted one in their shop.  However in practice they aren’t nearly so useful as they can be difficult to see,  and don’t always stay aligned with the blade.  Dewalt’s miter saws are designed to accept a laser, but Dewalt also makes a LED light that uses the blade’s shadow to mark the cut.  How well does it work?  Find out after the jump.

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Around the Web: JET JWBS-14DXPRO Band Saw Review

June 29th, 2010

The folks over at have just put out a great review of the new Jet JWBS-14DXPro Bandsaw.   The big deal with this saw is its beefy cast iron frame, allowing a claimed resaw capacity of 12″ without the use of riser blocks.  NewWoodworker found that it lived up to its claims, resawing an 11″ poplar board with a regular general purpose blade.  The saw retails for $899 and is available now.


Dewalt DW3128P5 12″ Miter Saw Blade Combo Pack Review

June 29th, 2010

Up for review today is the Dewalt DW3128P5 Combo Pack.  This Pack consists of two 12″ thin kerf saw blades designed for use with miter saws, the DW3128 and the DW3123.   The former is a 80 tooth cross cut blade for fine finish work, and the latter is a 32 tooth cross cut blade for general purpose use.  Both blades have carbide teeth and are meant for use on hardwoods or softwoods.  The combo pack retails for $59.99 which will save you about $20 vs buying the blades individually.

Hit the jump to read the full review.

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Irwin Fiber Cement Blade

June 16th, 2010

Fiber cement siding is a great product that’s quickly gaining in popularity.  It takes paint well, never rots and looks great.  However installation is made more difficult by the lack of tools  specifically made for it.  That’s slowly changing and Irwin now has a new saw blade designed specifically to cut fiber cement siding.  the new Marathon blade has four diamond tipped teeth, as well as another eight chip clearing grooves.    Since cement siding dust can be hazardous to your health, the low tooth count creates large chips and very little dust.  The cement also quickly dulls conventional blades, so the diamond tips greatly extend the life of the blade.  Irwin says up to 15x more, or 9,000′ worth.  It’s not cheap though, with a street price of about $45 a piece.

Source: Irwin

New Festool Parallel Guide Set

June 9th, 2010

Festool recently launced a a set of parrallel guides to go with there track based circular saws.  These guides would be a great boon to anyone who regularly rips sheet goods down, as they allow for  accurate and repeatable cuts.  The guide set features tool-less thum screws which are great for quick and easy setup, with no custom wrenches to worry about losing.  As with anythign from Festool, its not cheap though, with the set coming in at around $300.

Source: Festool