Makes a cheap saw usable
I'm a hobbyist woodworker on a shoestring budget who dreams of someday having a Kapex miter saw in my shop. But for now I have to settle for my 10" sliding miter saw from Harbor Freight. Yeah I know I could get better results from a hand saw or just break the board in two, but this is what I have to work with on my budget. Aside from throwing away the stock blade and putting on a new thin kerf 80 tooth blade I was still getting chipout. So I picked up a package of the Zero Clearance Tape at my local woodworking store and made my saw usable. I couldn't believe the different a piece of pvc tape could make. Together with the new quality blade and the Zero Clearance Tape I have made the crappiest saw actually usable. The chipout is gone, and the cut is smooth. I even have a reference point to line my work up with since my saw does not have a laser. Just add the tape, make a cut and now I have an exact reference of where the blade will be. And the price is awesome, 5 tapes for $5 bucks. I highly recommend you try this product if you are getting tear out. I have a Porter Cable table saw that had a weird plate that I have placed a Zero Clearance Tape over to keep the small stuff from falling through during cuts. Works nice, but I needed to sand the edges of the tape to keep the board from catching, but I think this is going to work just fine over time. One of these days I'll have a better saw but I know this product will be on that saw for sure. Thank you Fastcap for a great easy solution to my budget woes. This woodworker is a happy customer.
Response: Thanks Dave! So glad it is working great for you!
I will always recommend FastCap.
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I have ordered multiple times from FastCap and had the privilege of dealing with Paul directly. The service is top notch and the people take care of any concerns you may have quickly. This company is truly one of a kind and everything in general has been a fantastic experience, Thanks FastCap.
Response: Thanks Gregory. Means a lot to me. Paul
11th Finger...mandatory tool!
Today was the special day that my 11th Finger arrived, so I send my thanks to you and your staff.
This product is more impressive in person than I expected. The built in magnets let me keep your 11th Finger conveniently positioned where I can safely reach it, and I don\'t have to worry about it vibrating off the edge of the tablesaw just before I need it. It is solidly constructed, has a comfortable grip, and permits a solid contact with the workpiece. But, the feature that I find to be most impressive is that as I push the wood past the tablesaw blade, my hand is not aimed downwards towards the danger zone.
My previous push handle had to be held in a position which aimed the force of my hand directly towards the blade area in the event of a slip, and your 11th Finger design keeps my hand, and the direction of force, well above the blade area. My old push handle has hit the garbage can, and your 11th Finger has taken pride of place on my tablesaw.
The only thing that I am quite sure that I can not do with it, is lose sight of it in the workshop. The bright orange is far easier to find than the dull gray of my old push stick, and that\'s another plus.
In my opinion, anyone who works with a tablesaw, or knows someone who does, should make sure that your 11th Finger becomes a mandatory tool to be used with their saw.
. . . and you can quote me on that.
Many thanks and best regards,
Response: John, you are so kind! I am very grateful for your thoughtful reply and review! Paul
Great product has other uses
I recently purchased several packs of the new Zero Clearance Tape for use on my miter saw. Even with an expensive blade, there is enough tearout on the back of the pieces I cut, that I can't mark the back of the piece and lay it face down. Now I can. This product is exactly what I needed.
I also have a Craftsman Professional hybrid saw that was badly designed with a thin steel insert. In the past, I have been making inserts to fit on the bottom side of the original insert to improve the dust collection and give me clean cuts. With the Zero Clearance Tape, I put two pieces side by side on the top of the metal insert, trimmed the edges, and raised the blade up through the Zero Clearance Tape. It works better than I imagined. I put a scrap of the leftover tape on a piece of sheet metal to see how tough it would be to replace later. I discovered that if I heat it up with a heat gun (or hair dryer, it peels off cleanly.
I did have to adjust the height of my insert, but that was just a small adjustment of the leveling screws.
This product works great as intended, and works well for this use as well. I'm going to try making a insert that I can use on my band saw, so I can use this product to replace the insert that is always getting chewed up.
Keep up the good work.
Response: Thanks David for the great feedback!!!
Outstanding products and service
I have 3rd Hands, Little Hands and Upper Hands. They are all wonderful products. The "Hands" are lifesavers when working alone.
Fastcap Customer Service is the by far the best I have ever experienced. Any company in any industry could learn a lot from Fastcap. Fastcap's responses to my inquiries and issues have always been well above and beyond my expectations.
Thank You Fastcap!!!
Response: Thank you Dean for your kind words. I\'ll pass this along to the team! Paul
The Charlotte Woodworkers Association had their Christmas Dinner the other night and I wanted you to know how grateful we are for your generous gifts to the club. I am especially grateful and will be remembering you in my prayers throughout the year.
Before our dinner I went through and showed them each gift, talked about how it is used and you should have seen how their jaws dropped at finding out that each one was getting these gifts.
You are a very kind and generous person. These gifts you sent went to Woodworkers and each person will be using all of these gifts.
There were a lot of guys that wanted to send you an e-mail thanking them for their gift and I just told them not to send you a bunch of e-mails that I would make sure that you knew how grateful we are.
I hope you have the very best Christmas and a Happy New Year. Blessing to you and your family and your business.
Paul, Thank you so much for your generosity in donating safety gear and product to our high school Industrial Education classes. Our woods and metals teachers ran into you or someone from your company at a conference in Denver. I’m not sure how the whole thing went down, but I do know the culture of the company includes generosity and that doesn’t happen without great leadership.
The students and community of Buena Vista High School thank you for your aid to the future of the students.
With deepest gratitude,
Principal, Buena Vista High School
Awesome product !
Just did an inset faceframe job and used your euro stops for the doors ,they worked great .
FastCap, you all make wonderful products. I thought I owned a couple tools made by FastCap. After visiting you site, I have learned that 3rd Hand jacks that I love, are also made by fastcap. They are a great tools that have helped and will continue to help me for years. Keep making great tools and products. Thanks, Brian
Response: Thanks Brian! Always nice to hear!
I bought a best fence pro 4 about 16 months ago and this is probably the best thing I have ever bought. I haven't seen another one like it down here. When I roll it out on a job site people just stare and get tool envy. I had one guy say man that thing looks like a piece of military hardware, where did you get that thing and how much did it cost? I told Fast Cap in the good old USA. I said it seems expensive when you first look at it but once you use it you'll be like how did I live without this thing for so long. I guess I'm saying I love this thing and I'm glad people like you are building products like this. Keep it up and I'll keep on buying.
Response: Tool Envy!!!! Love that Mark!!!! Thanks for sharing this. Mind if we post it on the review page for the Best Fence? Paul