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  • #16

    Hi All

    Here are some pictures of my changes to the Harbor Freight saw.I am very pleased with the repeatability and the quality is certainly worth the price. Replacement blades are at the store although I have cut a lot of strip wood and still have the original on.

    If you notice there is a back table to support angle cuts as the vice swivels to accomodate them. Ask if you have questions.

    Terry H 8D


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    • #17
      Terry, thanks for posting the pictures.

      This set-up would work perfectly for me.

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      • #18
        NWSL still sells the "original" Chopper series:

        http://www.nwsl.com/tools/cutting-to...ppers-i-ii-iii
        John

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        • #19
          Got one of the Harbor Freight little chop saws today. It was on sale and I had the cash, so it fallowed me home.

          Let me start off saying that I have a woodshop full of some nice vintage iron and know the difference between what's good and what's not. I could cut wood on 5 different saws in the shop, but wanted to add something to the modeling bench for quick cuts. i have a NWSL Chopper that I use allot, but it does have it's limits. working on something tonight I needed 40 45degree cuts, the chopper would have taken a while and not have done as nice of job as this has done, I could cut 5 boards at a time and they where cut near perfect. Not going to build a full size house with it, but for the bench so far so good.

          I did have two complaints about it. 1. the stupid safety button that you had to push to cut something. 2. you could not open the saw up high enough to get my big paws in there to clamp the wood. First order of business was to open it up and remove the safety button. Then hacked off the stops on the back of the saw that prevented it from opening up all the way. Now I am happy.

          The price was less than I paid for the NWSL Chopper, it will not replace it, but they will each have there place on the workbench.

          John
          Sitting along side the orignal Central Pacific Rail Road.



          Home of The Great On30 Barn Meet, that will be held May 16th 2015

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          • #20
            This is an interesting topic. My NWSL choppers and even the chopper that I made have limits. They will only cut very thin basswood without the blade deflecting.

            So I started checking out the various cutting tools listed on this thread. I even considered the $180 "sliding" rasor blade tool. But then I thought; that the blade will still start to deflect on anything 1/8 of an inch or thicker. Can't see cutting and then using a Tru-Sander to finish it either.

            I looked at both Chop-type saws. The Harbor Freight saw kind of scared me; the price is just too cheap for what you are aledgely getting. I found of "demo" of this tool on UTube and the spokesman was demonstrating on wood and aluminum tubing. He is saying how great the saw is; but I was listening to the motor bog down on thin-wall tubing.

            I looked at the more expensive one and I found no complaints about it, I even watched a demo version of UTube. Big difference.

            I've worked with tools all my life and I have learned that you get what you pay for.

            So the UPS came today and dropped this off:



            BTW the infamous hammer on the left was used on the mountain destruction
            John

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            • #21
              John, I bought this one too, about two years ago. It cuts well, and you can repeat cuts. I've found it was a bit difficult to set the length to be cut, but maybe there are some tricks I haven't yet discovered.

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              • #22
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                Originally posted by terry hansley



                Hi All

                Here are some pictures of my changes to the Harbor Freight saw.I am very pleased with the repeatability and the quality is certainly worth the price. Replacement blades are at the store although I have cut a lot of strip wood and still have the original on.

                If you notice there is a back table to support angle cuts as the vice swivels to accomodate them. Ask if you have questions.

                Terry H 8D




                Terry thanks for the picture and idea. That makes this tool a whole lot more versatile that way. I like it! :up:

                Is that just white plastic on top of the woodwork???


                Louis L&R Western Railroad
                Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                • #23
                  Louis

                  Styrene.contact glued to Poplar.

                  The wood slides nice and tic marks can be made with a pencil and erased easily.

                  You know, all the pictures I have posted,---that was the first time the pictures were aligned horizontal instead of vertical----

                  Strange.

                  Terry H 8D

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                  • #24
                    quote:


                    Originally posted by terry hansley


                    Louis

                    Styrene.contact glued to Poplar.

                    The wood slides nice and tic marks can be made with a pencil and erased easily.

                    You know, all the pictures I have posted,---that was the first time the pictures were aligned horizontal instead of vertical----

                    Strange.

                    Terry H 8D


                    Thanks again Terry. Nice addition build.
                    The pictures line up showing vertical when there is a space between them in the "Posting Form".

                    If there is no space they run together and come out showing horizonal. (together/all in one)


                    Louis L&R Western Railroad
                    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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                    • #25
                      Jeeze John....I thought the "hammer" was for "attitude adjustments"... ;-)

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                      • #26
                        http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini...remel-rotary-/

                        Interesting Instrucktables

                        John
                        Sitting along side the orignal Central Pacific Rail Road.



                        Home of The Great On30 Barn Meet, that will be held May 16th 2015

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                        • #27
                          Thanks Terry. your modifications gives me the ideas I needed.

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                          • #28
                            This link was posted on the Conspiracy.

                            http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini...remel-rotary-/

                            A good way to make use of that Dremel tool. Not only cut off but router, sander, etc.
                            Dave Mason
                            On30Kits.com

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                            • #29
                              Here's my Proxxon table saw with the MicroMark sled and a stop clamped to the front of the sled:



                              The scribble on the back reminds me to push the sled to the right to get the most accurate cuts. (There's a bit of slop in the sled's rails that ride in the table saw's grooves.) Note the pieces of wood glued to the front of the sled, on either side of the blade slot (easier to see on the photo below.) They remind me to keep my fingers away from the blade when pushing the sled to make cuts.

                              And here's my 'power tool stand':



                              There are a couple good ideas here to mention:

                              * The stand itself is a cheapo wood cabinet, sitting on a plywood base, with lockable casters on it. That way I can swing the cabinet out if I need more clearance to work on larger projects.

                              * There's a plywood top with T-slot strip in it (the red stripes between the two tools.) The tools are held in place with appropriate clamps. This way I can move the tools around, remove them, etc.

                              * There's a floor/foot "press to operate" switch, which provides both convenience and safety. Power goes to the switch and then to the tools. The only thing is that I have to remember to turn off each tool when it's not in use (otherwise I'll have both tools running when I press the pedal down, duh!)

                              * You can't have enough light on a power tool bench!

                              dave
                              Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                              • #30
                                Check this out: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/12/18...d-table-s.html

                                This could definitely have applications in our model railroading world.

                                dave
                                Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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