Final Cut Saw Blades
Final Cut Saw Blades Review
Final Cut sent me two of their saw blades, a 10″ and 12″ saw blade to evaluate. The interesting thing about these final cut blades is both sides of the blade have sanding disks glued to them.
2. Kick-back is greatly reduced
3. Eliminates binding of saw blade
4. The blade does not heat up
Final cut claims that you can cut and sand your work piece all at one time. These blades can be attached to a table saw, miter saw.
I had to find out if Final Cuts claim was true – the promise of no edge sanding after passing your work piece through the table saw and when making miters sounded to good to be true.
Final Cut Blades Feature:
1. Step-saving blade “no sanding required”
5. Precision cutting of joints—every time
6. Designed for cross cuts and rips on soft and hard materials
9. Abrasive discs are used on both sides of blade for double sided sanded finish
10. Disc can be trimmed to fit any size blade using standard scissors. Typically I measure from the fence to the saw blade teeth. Here you need to measure to the sanding disk for an accurate sizing.
Final Cut Saw Blades Results:
7. Completes two jobs at one time—Removes the kerf marks and creates the ultimate finished cut producing a smooth sanded finish at the initial pass
8. Can be used on Miter Saw, Table Saw, and Radial Arm Saw
The Final Cut blades abrasive disc is actually wider than the blade kerf so that the disk will sand the wood as it passes the blade.
This thickness is one important thing to remember when measuring and setting up the table saw fence up for a cut.
I tried the 10″ blade in my table saw. I was impressed that the blade was able to sand the saw kerf marks on the wood but did not completely remove them. The blade significantly reduced the saw kerf which is real nice.
I can see this saw being very useful and handy in every day carpentry and remodeling but in the cabinet shop where I need invisible joints and smooth edges I will still use the jointer.I was able to make minor length adjustments by simply sliding the work piece towards the rotating blade (just like a disc sander). Use a miter gauge and hold on tightly for safety.
It worked extremely well.
One thing I noticed was that in order to obtain the best results, I had to raise my blade higher than normal to extend through stock being cut. I was not keen about this as I usually keep my blade low [just protruding from the wood] for safety.
Comparing a piece I sanded [right] to one that I didn’t. The sanded piece was square and as smooth as glass.
Miter saw results:
I also tried the 12″ Final Cut blade in my miter saw and used it to cut window trim. In my opinion this is where the Final cut blade excelled and can really be touted as a time saver.
After the cut I was able to safely push the mitered trim against the saw blade while still running to get a mirror smooth miter edge and super tight joint. I used the disc portion of the blade a few times to tweak a miter that was not perfectly 45 degrees.
When to change the discs:
Final Cut recommends replacing the disc when the perimeter of the sanding disc appears burnt, the sanded finish is not smooth or disc becomes loose. I used my blade all day and had very little noticeable wear.
My guess is that if these blades were used every day you might get a week or two out of them. A homeowner would get an entire project or a month or more!
To replace the sanding discs:
1. Clean blade with lacquer thinner
2. Wash blade with soapy water and dry blade
3. Insert Universal Centering Tool in Blade
4. Remove protective backing from abrasive disc and apply mist coat of 3M Super 77 adhesive to disc.
5. Place disc on blade and using the protective backing from disc cover top of disc and apply pressure to adhere disc to blade.
I liked this saw blade, it is also reasonably priced when compared to better quality blade process.
I was impressed the most with the Final Cut miter saw blade and will benefit most from it, as I am reluctant to raise my blade for increased safety.
The edge sanding option on the miter and table saw was nice and saved time going to a sanding machine.
You can purchase a Final Cut blade for the same cost as a good quality saw blade. See their website store to purchase a blade or replacement disks.
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