Rated 3.1 out of 5Â by 9
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Kegger Good specialty tool
This little guy is great for cutting off dowels for fine work or cutting in baseboard or door jams for renos. It can be done without it, but its easier and cleaner with it
March 22, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Robe Very good for it's stated purpose
Judging from some of the reviews, I think some people are expecting more from this saw than Dewalt ever intended for it to deliver. This is a light-duty saw for use in cutting dowels, plugs, and pocket hole plugs flush with the surface without marring the wood. It does that quite well. I would never use this for cutting door casing, door bottoms, or window trim. A few tips might be helpful:
- Alternate teeth either have no set or are set to the top. This prevents marring the wood surface so long as you keep the right side facing up.
- Because there is no bottom set, the saw cuts very slowly and has a tendency to bind if you push it. That is the trade off for not scratching up the surface of the wood. Be patient and don't push it.
- The saw cuts on the pull stroke only, There is no point in stressing the push stroke.
- A little paste wax on the blade lasts a long long time and makes sawing much easier.
- I find it easiest to place a couple fingers on top of the blade while sawing with the other hand. This keeps the blade flush with the wood and limits binding. The blade binds when it flexes past the limits of the cut line, so keeping it flush with the surface goes a long way to eliminate binding.
It is definitely too bad that nobody carries replacement blades. You can get them through Stanley but the shipping costs make it a deal breaker. Still the saw is inexpensive so maybe that is a wash. One bonus is that the handle can also be used with most hacksaw and recip saw blades, so when it comes time to replace this saw, the handle can still have a purpose.
I hope this helps someone.
February 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bill Great tool for right job
I have used this for cutting dowels while installing an oak floor, works great as it was designed by Stanley. The close cut with out damage is great for those small wooden dowels against flooring. Will be using it on more projects when I want screws to be hidden and a less expensive plug for the hole.
August 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Ohana25 Works good, but replacement blades are not available
this saw actually works well. Although I wouldn't use it to regularly trim door casings, it can be done with some skill and care. My big gripe is that replacement blades are NOT available through Home Depot as far as I can tell. It seems to be the same saw provided by Stanley under the "FatMax" brand.
I would have ranked it much higher if replacement blade were available.
April 27, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Randall1309 Slow cutter
I purchased the saw yesterday so I could cut off the lower portion of my doors frames throughout my house since I am replacing all the carpet with hardwood and the hardwood doesn't fit under the frames. The saw does not cut very fast. If you exert too much force it just binds the saw up. The blade is very flexible and made it possible to make a nice straight cut 1/2" off the floor and stay parallel. However, the thin blade broke on the third door frame of six. I think this saw would be better used on smaller items where you have better control. I cut the remaining frames with a sawsall.
June 12, 2009