You will want to have a spare blade, and given your supply chain you could do worse than a red Diablo blade. Then you could compare that to the supplied blade and get a feel for the difference. Sometimes Amazon says they are made in China but mine come engraved Made in Italy and they are surprisingly good. I'd get one with as close to 40 teeth as possible, and take my time making the cut.
If only you could check out those saws, one thing the reviews will miss is the blade to base rigidity, some saws allow a fair amount of wiggle which does nothing good for the cut and most of the reviewers won't look for that.
Those smaller saws that take the 4 3/8" and similar blades spin extra fast, cut like demons and often make a better smoother cut. Also 1/2 the dust as the blade is a lot thinner. I actually have one installed on the scoring blade arbor of my 12" table saw, I drop the 9" blade I keep on the main arbor and raise the 4 3/8" blade when I'm working with small stock- really a nice blade to work with.
Pretty soon you will want to make those boxes and you might consider a KREG pocket hole jig to screw all that MDF together.
The Diablo line of blades is disproportionately expensive on Amazon UK. In fact, most blades on Amazon UK aren't Amazon Global Eligible (meaning you can't order them outside the UK).
I found this
compact saw, it ships to my country. Will its small plate work with a Kreg Rip-Cut, though?
A Kreg Pocket Jig is something I wanted to buy for my previous project (that I eventually let a carpenter build due to lack of tools), but it turned out to be around $100 with shipping and everything. I see it's 31 GBP on Amazon UK right now, which is nice but still rather stretches the budget. Do I really need one? Is it a replacement for clamps? Because I already ordered strap clamps
Keep in mind that you may require a power adapter or even completely rewiring if you purchase any power tools or any other electrical device from another country.
It would not be a whole lot of fun to spend a few hundred dollars only to find out you have no way to get power to the motor. You might even burn your home down.. That would be ever less fun unless you're a pyromaniac..
That won't be an issue, they use the same voltage in the UK as we do here in Israel. I've bought electric appliances from Amazon UK before, all I needed is a $5 adapter for the plug.
Smallest saw for straight cuts
is the title of the thread.
Circular saws make straight
cuts best because of the amount of blade making the cut that is into the material, usually around 3" to 6" depending on the diameter. When using a straight edge guide, a circular saw will make very straight cuts.
Jigsaws make curved
cuts best because the width of the cutting blade is usually from 1/4" to 1/2" which allows it to turn easily in the cut. Since the blade is narrower than a circular saw, it will not make as straight of a cut. This is also because the reciprocating mechanism is not very precise and has some slop, especially in the cheaper saws, even when using a guide.
Multi-tools make flush and plunge cuts best because you can use an offset blade. The blades have very fine teeth and will cut wood, but quite slowly. They are good for pocket cuts since you can start any place on the surface and plunge the tool into the work.
You have already ordered the saw, so wait and see how the blade works that comes with it before you buy a different one. Save your $$ for now. If the original blade tears the MDF and leaves a rough cut, look to see how many teeth are on the blade. Less than 40 teeth, which is fine, means the blade will make a rough cut. More than 40 teeth like 60, means the blade will make a smooth cut, but just not as fast.... no big deal in your case, actually better!
MDF has a lot of binder or glue in the material and is "harder" than just raw lumber. The blades may wear out more rapidly, but again no big deal, since it will take a long time before they get so dull you can't use them. A clean blade will give you the best results and won't leave burn makes, so look at the cut to see what going on.
You can clean a sawblade using a household cleaner, Simple Green, 409, etc...just let it soak overnight then brush it off with a plastic or brass brush. Reinstall it correctly! Do not put it back on "backwards" and wonder why it won't cut like before.
Often if not always, the nut that holds the blade on is a "reversed" thread, so beware of that when trying to remove the blade. Check the manual to see which direction to turn the nut AND see if the saw has an "arbor lock" a small button you press down to keep the arbor from turning while you remove the blade.
Oscillating saws look really neat. Can't afford another tool now, though. Will have to use a jigsaw for these cuts.
I haven't ordered a saw yet, by the way. I will make sure to mate it with a 60T blade, though. Or at least 40, if it's all I can afford.
Also, in my search for a decent circular saw, I "discovered" the Track Saw (Plunge Saw) tool. It seems to negate the need for a guide such as the Kreg Rip-Cut.
They are more expensive though, so I was wondering if I should pick up this one
, which is the only track/plunge saw I can afford, or instead opt for an entry level Bosch/Makita/Whatever circular saw plus a Kreg Rip-Cut. Thoughts?
Edit: So I think
I made up my mind on a cheap c.saw + a quality blade + a Kreg Rip-Cut.
The reason for going with a cheap saw is so that I could buy a good blade. The reason for opting for the Kreg Rip Cut and not the aforementioned track saw is that, with the track saw, I'll need to mark lines on the wood and basically rely on my eyes to do it perfectly parallel to the board. The guide will do a straight cut, but I'll still have to place it perfectly parallel to the board. Not so with the Kreg, where it can only be used perpendicular to the board, AND you use its own ruler. It's almost like a table saw fence. The reviews of it are great and I've read that some people in the DIY audio community use this tool themselves and are getting flush joints, so I just kinda need
to know that generic/budget saws with a great blade are not a bad idea. Are they?