I've been looking at it, every time I start getting a bruise one my breastbone.
but its pretty pricey, so I was wondering, has anyone tried it? is it worth it? does it work as they described it? I'm used to a standard german style adjustable sawframe and its pretty light. this frame has quite a bit all the way around. is it heavy? does it get in a way? how does it generally compare to the standard saw?
thank you in advance
Last Edit: Aug 11, 2012 14:19:58 GMT -6 by LinaLeah
I have both the German style and the Knew Concepts and use them both. When I am going to do a lot of sawing, I'll use the KC saw because it's so light. You adjust the saw blades with screw mechanisms so you don't have to push it against your chest.
The frames look bulky but they're very light and very rigid. I don't know what you mean by "does it get in the way"---the frames are not adjustable like some standard saws. They come in 3", 5" and 8" throat depths. If you choose to try it, you might want to consider if the 3" is deep enough.
Some folks will tell you there's no comparison to a standard saw because they like the KC so much. I think it's a good saw. Only you can decide if it's worth the price, but I hope I've provided some information that helps.
I split the difference with the 5" frame. It gives me more room to work with than the standard frame (which is about 3" anyway). The 8" is a bit big and "wags" a lot. I was fortunate enough to get to try them before I bought.
You can get the blades tighter in the KC and it binds up less in sticky metals like copper, so I break fewer blades.
Otto Frei carries these, too, and they always have some sort of 5% off coupon code (check their Facebook page). Their base metal sheet comes with a peel-off film on one side I find that handy for drawing.
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thank you all again for the comments. I prefer to have 2 saws because sometimes I work on small projects and other times, I work on things that are 6inches wide (or more) and I really like to work with a smallest saw possible for the project (I currently own 3 sizes in regular saw)
for drawing, this is something that I picked up when interviewing for manufacturing job that I did get but didn't stick with.
shipping labels. not only they are very easy to draw on but you can also create designs on your computer, print them out and then stick on metal with no fuss. its especially great if you are doing multiples of the same thing (like for example - earring components) and don't want to bother with gluing layers of metal together and then separating them again (I personally found that I tend to do better job when I saw out pieces individually)