West System 875 Scarffer scarfing tool for cutting scarf joints
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  • West System 875 Scarffer scarfing tool for cutting scarf joints

WEST System Scarffer

This is a unique tool for cutting accurate scarf joints in plywood up to 3/8" thick. Attaches easily to most circular saws and is simple to remove. The West System 875 Scarffer was designed by Gougeon Brothers, so you know it's not only a quality and useful tool, but also tailor made for use in marine construction.
 
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BRAND: WEST System
Type: Circular Saw
3.8 5

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WEST System Scarffer
 
3.8

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great tool but requires skill to setup a

      By RoscoeP

      from Portsmouth, NH

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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      Pros

      • Cuts Consistent Scrafs
      • Good Safety Features

      Cons

      • Difficult Mounting Jig

      Best Uses

      • Building Plywood Boats

      Comments about WEST System Scarffer:

      I bought the West System scraffer after trying to use a hand plane to scraf joints in plywood. I just wasn't happy with the results I was getting using the hand plane. After a few practice runs using the West Systems Scraffer I was able to make nice clean, consistent scrafs. You do have to carefully mount and clamp the plywood to a sturdy work surface or table as described in the owner's manual. Once setup it takes less than a minute to make a quality scraf cut.
      The thing that gave me the most trouble with the West System scraffer was mounting it to my skill saw. It requires drilling five holes into the saw's base plate. I found clamping and drilling the new mounting holes difficult and tedious.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Scarffer - GREAT product

      By RestHarrow

      from Fletcher, VT

      About Me Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Storage

      Best Uses

      • In The Workshop

      Comments about WEST System Scarffer:

      I used this to scarf 3/8" plywood to make 2'x16' pieces for planking. Once set up it was extremely easy to use. It was quick. And, most importantly it made a PERFECT scarf that required no additional work. I tell my friends it is the best tool I have for it's intended purpose.

       
      2.0

      Takes patience and practice

      By Hank

      from Western PA

      About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

      Pros

      • Easy To Store

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • In The Workshop

      Comments about WEST System Scarffer:

      Pre drilled holes in scarfing unit did not match the base plate of the Milwaukee circular saw making the unit fussy to install. Scarf cuts seem to be reasonably accurate though the addition of the guide makes the assembly very heavy. New users should practice before making cuts on expensive marine grade plywood. Also, a carbide tipped finish quality blade should be used.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good product - but instructions correct?

      By John

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Store
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Safety Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • In The Workshop

        Comments about WEST System Scarffer:

        The setup instructions may be in error. The recommended blade angle and clearance were not eve close (I needed 0 degrees and near 0 clearance for an 8:1 scarf.), but after some experimentation, I got near perfect results.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A very handle tool

        By Taylor72

        from Wrentham, MA

        About Me Professional

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • EASY TO USE
        • Works great

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Boatbuilding
        • Home Repair
        • In The Field
        • In The Workshop

        Comments about WEST System Scarffer:

        This tool or jig really simplifies cutting a tricky joint. All you need is a standard skill saw and this unit and you are good to go. A long scarf makes for a super strong glued joint.

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