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Rockler Universal Z-Saw

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This 240 mm saw is the same saw that we use with our AngleMag. We like it because it’s good, inexpensive, and works like a charm. Japanese dozuki saws are usually .3mm thick and have a steel back to give them rigidity. This saw is slightly thicker, .5mm, and doesn’t need a rigid back. This means it will smoothly work with the AngleMag without any interference. It’s also a good inexpensive general-purpose cutoff saw. It works on the pull stroke, like all Japanese saws. The teeth are a combination rip and crosscut for general work. Because this saw is extra-thick, has combination teeth and doesn’t have a rigid back, it’s great for jobs like sawing plywood panels, where the stronger blade and the absence of a steel rib lets you cut into a large panel without interference. The saw cuts a little slower than a thinner saw, but it works perfectly with the AngleMag, and we like the flexibility to be able to saw more deeply than with a saw with a steel rib. Replaceable blade. Approx. 16 tpi in a varaible pattern. Made in Japan.

WOOD magazine review

Value-priced Japanese saw cuts with ease

Review Summary

I grew up using Western-style saws for hand work. But the first time I tried a Japanese hand saw, I couldn’t believe the difference. Like all Japanese saws, this general-purpose model cuts on the pull stroke rather than the Western-style push, so it’s easier to start a cut and tracks straighter. Its thin blade flexes slightly for making flush cuts and leaves no errant scratches on the wood because the teeth have no set. Still, the blade is stiff enough to hold true for joinery cuts.
I could probably never go back to the Western saws now gathering dust on my shelves. —Lucas Peters

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