Before you buy one of the FatMax coping saws that I praised this week, take note. Take apart the saw and examine the blade connectors before you plunk down the $10.
Yesterday I received a 4″ FatMax saw that I ordered online. I promptly took it to the shop to replace its blade and make some test cuts. The sucker wouldn’t lock. At the toe of the saw the blade locked well at eight angles. But the at the heel the blade connector rotated like a top.
I took the saw apart. The blade connector at the heel was junk. The little nibs that lock the connector to the saw’s frame weren’t there. No nibs equals no lock. This saw has to go back. Of course, shipping will be more expensive than the tool itself.
So look for nibs before you buy.
– Christopher Schwarz