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Upcut saw accuracy12/19
Looking for opinions from shops using an upcut saw for final cuts doing faceframes and door parts. Do you find it an accurate route to go? I'm building a new shop, upgrading tooling and would like to speed up my part cutting process. Right now, using a slider which is great accuracy but would like to speed it up.
Any manufactures better than others? Research is providing a wide range of options but I do not have a shop to visit to see how well they cut.
Been using a Whirlwind 212L with Tiger stop for over 8 years for my door parts and face frame parts, very fast and accurate.
I used a Powermatic for 12 years with an Accurate Technologies digital ruler on it and could cut door frames and face frames accurately to .005" all the time. The inset doors would fit the openings perfectly without any special fitting. One additional tool I think you need is a perfectly square frame clamping table like the ones Ritter makes.
I'm getting great accuracy out of a Taiwanese Whirlwind clone and a TigerStop gauge. +/- 0.005" no problem. I wouldn't say that the cut ends are finish-ready, but they clean up quickly and butt joints are clean right off the saw.
We use a Canadian made Timber Shark saw and a Razor gage. It is very accurate and very fast.
Thanks for all the responses. I've been reading on the razor gage online...I like the larger touch screen but haven't dug into pricing as compared to Tigerstop. I'm looking to put one or the either on my slider as well.
JR, what model are you using?
I have a Grizzly, but they have since discontinued it.
I don't use the TigerStop in cutlist mode. We try to work from the straightest boards and cut the longest parts first, sometimes going back and chopping an already cut piece down to shorter lengths.
The RazorGage software looked better last time I looked into it, but TigerStop also has a large touchscreen option now.
Thanks again folks, I appreciate it. Has anyone heard or know anything of these machines?
I looked at the CWI wide belt a couple years ago, but they didn't have three phase in stock so I passed. Two years later and the wide belt looks completely different. They've added A LOT of machines to their line...like 3-4 times as many.
They're an importer that slaps their name on machines from all over. Their bandsaw is a Centauro from Italy, same manufacturer SCM and others contract with. I'm sure many of the other machines bear resemblance to other companies offerings.
We looked @ the RazorGage saw and stop system @ the last IWF show. Very nice. I like the safety of their saw as well as the way the operator can hold the work to the fence while it is being cut. We've got the 18" Whirlwind but don't care for it. The older model TigerStop we had on it died. New ones seem better.
If I were to purchase a new upcut saw, I would take a look at the Northfield saws. I've used a couple and they are very nice. I have a 212L Whirlwind with a Tigerstop. That is a very common setup or combination around here. It's accurate enough for just about anything.