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    I just purchased a 12" Rigid Miter saw with exactline laser. Read manual but is there any hints on aligning laser with cut?

  • #2
    There is no alignment adjustment feature. What you see is what you get.
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    ~~Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.

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    • #3
      Not exactly true.. I found that the laser diode inside the housing slides ever so slightly forward and backward. By loosening the 2 small screws and moving it backward just a fraction the laser is perfectly aligned with my cut. At first I used to put a piece of newspaper behind the laser washer but it took awhile to align when changing blades.. Frustration made me move that laser diode and all is well. They should put a setscrew or bevel washer to make these adjustments. Without this working properly it is just an annoying gimmick.

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      • #4
        "it is just an annoying gimmick."

        That's all it ever was.

        The best procedure I have come across is this:



        1. Unplug the saw.
        2. Locate the laser mounting screw(s).
        3. Remove the mounting screws and laser from the saw.
        4. Throw the laser in the trash.
        5. Plug in the saw and use normally.

        "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
        John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bob D.
          "it is just an annoying gimmick."

          That's all it ever was.

          The best procedure I have come across is this:



          1. Unplug the saw.
          2. Locate the laser mounting screw(s).
          3. Remove the mounting screws and laser from the saw.
          4. Throw the laser in the trash.
          5. Plug in the saw and use normally.

          I agree with everything you have said up until now Bob.

          Bought an Avenger Laser to hook to the hitachi and for $18.00 one of the best things I could of bought except a new blade.
          Blade hits right where light shows.

          total install time 5 Minutes go figure
          Not responsible for speeling mistakes
          Jeff

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          • #6
            "I agree with everything you have said up until now Bob."

            Wow, that covers a lot of territory for my past 2.5 years of posts, we must be clones.

            (Some of) Youz guyz need to recognize a joke when you read one.

            I will agree that some of the laser guides are better than others and they work as advertised. However, overall I think they are not worth the trouble and when I have used one I find myself not trusting it and still aligning the blade with my cut mark in the usual way.
            "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
            John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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            • #7
              Laser as safety feature, not measuring device

              I posted it before and I'll post it again. Bob D, I agree for accuracy I'd not trust the laser, but given you signature, it does give a really nice don't place your fingers here indication. Also helps in getting your mark close so you can set the balde down and finish the positioning. Now, if they just made one that fit a table saw. I was always taught by my shop teacher never to trust the fence scale on a saw, and to always trust your tape/ruler or other reliable measuring device.
              Only a surfer knows the feeling. Billabong ca. 1985 or so

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              • #8
                Roadrunner, I actually use both the tape on the rails and a tape measure when making cuts on my TS. Sorta an offshoot of the measure twice cut once technique. Whichever method I use first to set the fence distance, I always use the other to double check for accuracy. Maybe it's Dyslexia I don't know but for whatever reason when I'm off it's usually by 1" one way or the other.
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                ~~Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.

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                • #9
                  Same here, I use the fence scale to get within a 1/4, then switch to the ol' reliable tape.
                  Only a surfer knows the feeling. Billabong ca. 1985 or so

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