Exakt  EC320 , EC 18v and DC270- Precision Saws

Tried and Tested by Fred-in-the-shed

Updated 15th November 2017

Exakt Inventor Neil Refson showing me the saws at the NEC

The Exakt Precision saw was invented by my Scottish friend Neil Refson and is a unique version of a circular saw for specialist applications.

It has also been designed to be much safer to use than a standard circular saw.

I have known Neil and supported his work since meeting him at the 2002 launch of his original saw.

The Exakt Precision saw has been designed to cut THIN materials like wood, laminate, plastic and metal and is a very popular tool amongst flooring contractors. 

It is also a great tools for sign makers and anyone cutting thin sheets.

With special blades it can cut tiles and ceramics. However I don't recommend using the smaller Exakt saws for large tiling jobs. A wet wheel is much better and I would only use the Exakt saw for a small number of precision cuts rather than a whole tiling job.

During it's evolution there have been various models available for professionals, and DIY users.

The original PS 125 and PS 140, PS 150, EC310 and 18 v cordless model saws have been discontinued,

 

There are now 2 models of Exakt saws!

Small saw is orange coloured with 50mm diameter blades giving 12mm deep cut

Larger saw is Purple coloured with a 27mm cut; - DC270

 

 

THE MOST POPULAR EXAKT SAW EC- 320

Better Dust Extraction and Case

 Comes with 3 blades ,including  G50 for Ceramics (small jobs)

also included a pipe cutting attachment

Ideal for general use by DiYers and trades for laminate floors and other sheet materials

Weight of tool 1.2kg

This saw evolved from the green coloured EC-310 Exakt precision saw.

The depth AND length of cut can be set precisely - hence the name Exakt Precision Saw

The saw MUST be connected to a vacuum for anything other that minor cuts - otherwise the tool may overheat or the blade shield could foul with dust and stick.

Saws that have been used without dust extraction will be excluded from warranty claims.

    

 Orange Exakt All-Purpose Hand Power Saw & Assorted 3 Pack of Blades

Comes with three 50mm diameter blades, HSS 60, 18TCT and G50

 

Buy Spare Blades for EC 320 and EC18v Exakt Precision Saw

Blades also fit the following discontinued models

EC310 and PS-125.

These are the original blades supplied direct from the manufacturer

All are 50mm diameter

 

If you want 55mm blades for the old PS140 and PS 150 models please mail me as I have a few left.

fred@fredshed.com

 

 18TCT Exakt Saw Blade

Exakt Blade 30HSS for EC - 310N

 G50 Exakt Saw Blade - EC Type Saws - Diamond Grit

 T60 Exakt Saw Blade - for EC Saws

 

 
 

THE LARGE VERSION EXAKT SAW

Exakt DC-270

Features of the DC 270

  • Variable depth of cut to 26mm
  • Safe, fully enclosed retractable blade
  • Interchangeable blades
  • Connect to a vacuum cleaner for less mess
  • Comes with a TCT and Diamond Blade

 

 

 Exakt saw DC270 - Brand new Deep Cut Saw - Cuts up to 26mm

Power

500 W

RPM

5,500

Voltage

230 V

Max depth of cut

26 mm

Blade Outer Diameter

110 mm

Blade bore hole

20 mm

Weight

2.4 kg

This saw is quite heavy and industrial so I don't recommend it for people with small or weak hands.

Exakt Repairs under Warranty

Exakt saws come with a 12 month warranty and if there is a problem with your saw it will be repaired or replaced.

Most problems occur when the saw is new and are usually small factory induced errors.

The one exception to this and the most common cause of failure of the saw in use is when it has been used without dust extraction.

Using an Exakt saw without dust extraction will void the warranty and will likely cause the saw to overheat. This is more likely to happen when cutting tiles or masonry as the diamond blade produces very fine dust.

Exakt repair technicians in Scotland can tell if a saw has been used this way and will not repair the saw under warranty.

They will dispose of it for you and provide technical evidence of the damage if you require it.

Fitting a vacuum cleaner pipe to your saw does make it more cumbersome to use and it is tempting to do without it if you are in a hurry.

This is like driving a car with no engine oil, it will run for while but you know it cant last!"

 

 Exakt T60 Saw Blade - DC Type Saw

 

 
 

Discontinued Models

EC- 18v- Cordless freedom built in dust collection

The new 18v model has LI-ion battery and a built in dust bag.

It is like the EC320 but with the convenience of no cable and you don't need to attach a hose to

a vacuum cleaner as it has its own bag. As it is battery powered it is not suitable for large jobs.

I think this is an excellent tool to use in combination with bench type circular saw to speed up the small fiddly cuts.

The EC- 18v uses the same 50mm diameter blades as the EC320 model and gives a cut depth of 11-12mm

I use this saw regularly for fast safe easy cutting of laminate floors and thin sheets of wood

 

 
 

Other Mini Circular Saws

Some similar saws without the safety guard 

Firstly let me say that I have not tested any of these saws, mainly because I am too scared to use them.  I am a bit of a woose when it comes to using circular saws after seeing my dad take a slice out of his hand with one.

That's why I like the Exakt saws, they are a lot safer, but arguably a little more difficult to use,

(until you lose your fingers)

The saw below looks good and if you are very careful may be worth getting.

If you get one and do lose a finger then let please me know, so I can say I told you so!

Best DIY Tile Cutters

            

Although the Exakt Precision saw will cut tiles with its G50 or T60 diamond blade it is not a tool I would recommend for a large tiling job. My master tiler says that tiles are best cut wet and recommends a wet wheel cutter, preferably made by Ruby or Vitrex.

For fast work on straight cuts then a flat bed tile cutter that scores and snaps the tile is also handy and creates no mess. The Exakt saw is more of a specialist tool that will plunge cut into already fixed tiles to cut out accurate shapes when retrofitting plumbing.

The large DC-270 is the best of the Exakt saws for tile cutting but must be used with a hose attached to a vacuum to prevent clogging and overheating.

I also tested the Vitrex laminate cutter which was ok for thin laminate but only straight, simple cuts. The Exakt DC270 is a much better all round wood flooring tool.

Vitrex Laminate Cutter

 RUBI 12981 42 cm Standard Manual Tile Cutter

 VITREX 103402 Diamond Blade Tile Cutting Saw

 

Power Take off Vacuum Cleaners

 Einhell TE-VC 1930 SA Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner with Power Take Off, 1500 Watt, Multi-Colour

Whilst the Exakt saw must be used with a vacuum for anything other than very small cuts you don't need to have a special power take off vacuum

A British made Henry Vacuum cleaner is suitable and fits the Exakt connector well.

 

 

 

 

 

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