Yeah, we’ve made all the “frickin’ laser” jokes we can think of, and Sean even drew up a comic making fun of manufacturers’ predilection toward slapping lasers on anything and everything. But as we have yet to spend quality time with a laser-toting circ saw, we thought we’d ask you: Do you have any use for the laser guidance option on your circ saw?
A few parameters to the question:
First, have you actually used one with a laser? We haven’t, which is why we’re asking. Like you (probably), we suspect that it’s not necessary. We’ve never really had trouble finding the cut line with simple notches in the shoe. And how does the laser work in terms of showing you the 0 vs the 45 degree bevel cutlines? I’m guessing that, since the laser appears mounted in the blade plane, the bevel won’t change things and you’ll continue to see a good line on your workpiece.
What about laser positioning? We’ve seen LEDs on saws that light the cutting area — but not all the adjustments — leaving them pretty useless in the dark. Is there always enough material in front of the saw to give a good line with the laser? Does it suck on short cross-cuts?
As always, we appreciate your expertise in comments. And we’ll probably find one with which to snag some hands-on experience soon.