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
at the NEC
The Exakt Precision saw was invented by my Scottish friend Neil Refson and is a unique version of a circular saw
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
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.
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
Features of the DC 270
Variable depth of cut to 26mm
Safe, fully enclosed retractable blade
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
Max depth of
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
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
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
EC- 18v- Cordless freedom built in
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
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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