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The 265 Kataba is the Z Saw Company’s top-notch general-purpose saw. Site saw sounds a little derogatory, but in essence, this saw performs a similar function albeit in the splendid Japanese fashion. It will cut solid wood, plywood, laminate, man-made sheet, plastics etc. It gives a fast cut, excellent for crosscutting larger section timber. The 265 features a rattan wrapped solid wood handle. The easy change blade fitting gives the benefits of rapid replacement of spare or alternative blades and with the blade removed, the saw fits into most toolboxes. Impulse hardened, diamond ground, sharp teeth gives you long-lasting performance. 265mm long blade. Overall length 595mm.
18 July 2014
Best saw I've ever usedAs the title says, this saw is excellent. It's hard to find pullsaws with blades this long and it really is a godsend to have one that can fully replace a standard work saw. Some may think this is overkill when a much cheaper saw can do the same job, but this one works much faster, gives a lovely finish in the cut (really, you won't believe it), and does most of the work for you when crosscutting. Although the blade has no spine to stiffen it this really isn\t required and it's very easy to keep a nice straight cut all the way through even entire tree trunks (although I can't speak for green wood). The design does take a little getting used to, for me it's hard not to put a finger along the top of the handle, but once you get into a rhythm the saw takes over and you're through the wood in no time and with no sweat.
23 April 2014
Super sawThis is a very useful and versatile saw. With its fine teeth it does much of the work of a tenon saw, but is capable of quickly cutting large sections of timber. The thin blade and razor sharp teeth make for effortless cutting. I make childrens' furniture from birch plywood, and find it fast and accurate to use the Kataba saw to break down 8'*4' sheets into manageable sizes. By the time I get get a power saw, connect the dust extraction, and then clean up the workshop, the Kataba saw has done the Job. My workshop is now a quieter place. There is no tearing of the ply on either surface, and the fine smooth edge needs little finishing. I just wish the rip tooth blade was still available for cutting tenon cheeks.
30 December 2013
Excellent saw.The teeth are extremely sharp, which helps to keep a straight line and means that very little finishing is required. When the saw starts to be uncontrollable, it usually means that it's time for a new blade. These are very easy to fit and are good value, although when I first bought mine you could buy the whole saw for the current price of a new blade.