Peter - WoodyDusty
In the wood space there is a plunge saw. This tool is extremely useful for cutting sheet materials and could be a relatively safer method of cutting large sheet stock relative to the existing table saw and much cheaper and less demanding of space than a full scale panel saw.
However this tool has several shortcomings. The first and most obvious is that it is a budget tool (specifically a Parkside PTSS 1200 C1). In my view his means that investments in upgrades should only be made considering the possibility of upgrading this to a better tool later, should it break.
The other issues are that it does not have some accessories that would allow it to be used for accurately cutting 4’x8’ sheet stock. That is what this proposal addresses.
Track saw clamps
These fasten underneath the rail, keeping clamps from interfering with the run of the tool. In practise is does hugely improve ease of use.
Track saw rail
The tool by default comes with two 700mm sections of rail that can be fastened together with a bar. For cutting an 8’ length you would need four of these. Sadly rails by different companies have slightly different designs.
Peter Millard in this video explains rail compatibility, specifically in reference to this saw:
track saw square
This tool is a square that attaches to the track, allowing you to very easily cut at right angles.
A location for all items will need to be discussed with wood team and possibly DIY wall hanger built
The increased use of the tracksaw may bring more need for new blades. Typically these would be <£15/ea
Longer term we may need to replace the budget tool with a better one if it burns out.
Fully funded by Hackspace
Health & Safety
I believe this would need a new health and safety procedure and may also need training. The equipment already exists and can be used, but in practise very few people do. This purchase proposal would make it much more useful.
Small Proposal < £150 - 2 Board Members and 5 Members
Supporting Board Members:
- Frank Hall
- Joe Christian @Josephxtian
- Peter Roberts
- Mike Hindley
- Mark Dale
- Bob Clough
- Kathryn Ascroft