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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:46 am 
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Hi All,

I am planning to do some shelving and was wondering if anyone used Evolution rage 1-b circular saw on MFC (melamine coated chipboard) ? To ensure straight cuts I was going to use Kreg Rip-cut attachment.

How bad chipping will be with the stock multipurpose blade - if not - maybe one can suggest replacement blade which would fit ? The only one I found for laminated boards closest in size is TREND CSB 18440B as a replacement - is suitable for this purpose (Stock blade is 185x20)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:08 pm 
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If new the chipping won't be too bad but it really depends on what you are using the MFC for, is it open ended shelving or in an alcove where you can use some caulk on the edges?. Some tape on the cut line will help a lot.


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Relatively new, used it on some softwood before.
Shelves are for built in wardrobe fixed in MFC cabinet, so caulk is not the best option unfortunately

Would TREND CSB 18440B blade be better and will it fit evolution ? Judging from the size of the blade it seems it will fit but I have never changed saw blades so have no practical experience...


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When cutting MFC you will always get a degree of chipping on one side where the blade is breaking out of the surface. You get a relatively clean cut on the other side. The problem is that melamine is a resin coating which is hard and brittle which causes the chipping. I always score the marked line with a sharp craft knife and then tape it over with masking tape. This does help alleviate some of the breakout.

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you can cut in pairs this will give you one breakout face
you can also use a saceraficial bit off board[ply/mdf/offcut] on top
have no more than 2mm/3 teeth showing through the work

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Thank you guys for helpful tips.
Do you know if it is ok to use smaller (184mm) blade in a saw which is for 185mm blade?

I am assuming it should be fine as it's only 1mm difference but maybe I am missing something ?


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as long as the bore is greater[add a spacer washer] and the kerf is the same 1mm will be fine

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A smaller saw blade is usually not a problem. I run 8" blades in my 10" saw all the time.



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Thanks again and apologies for so many questions, i wasn't paying too much attention to the kerf.

There is a small difference between these two, not sure how bad is it:
Trend 184mm blade blade has Kerf=2.6 mm, Plate thick=1.5 mm
Evolution stock blade has Kerf=1.7 mm Plate thick=2 mm

Is this too much a difference or still worth trying this blade?


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the kerf is the amount that the blade cuts out so must be the same as the riving knife which is matched to the blade
if it doesnt have a riving knife it may or may not be ok :dunno:

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also keep in mind a evolution saw with another make off blade is a wood saw only unless the manufacturer off the blade says otherwise

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Thanks, there is no riveting knife on this one, will try this blade with care.
Visually it seems like it should fit..


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the only thing is enough movement to accommodate a thicker/thinner blade
or extra notches or holes in the clamping mechanism to preclude other makes so remove the blade and iff it only has a single hole around the center you should be fine :huray:

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