I have read a lot about how one can improve cut precision by adjusting the carbide guides, close grabing the blade yet allowing free blade movement. That's fine.
But nowhere I can find how to adjust the side to side guide adjustment. By unscrewing one mounting screw the guide can be shifted lateraly.
I thought this, in theory, is the main adjustment one should make to cut square. In theory only because IMO jigsaw is in essence very sensitive to operator handling and squareness is much less determined by the guide setting than lateral strain the operator may put on the saw while cutting.
On my Carvex I have tried shifting the guide to each sides but I found it made limited difference in terms of squareness. That's using FSG blades.
My saw sometimes cuts square, sometimes not, it really is VERY dependant on operator handling.
It is set to what seemed like the neutral position (meaning the blade is centered naturally between the guide jaws).
That setting is not easy to achieve because the blade can easily be shifted to one or the other side, just by touching it by hand, so the "neutral position", the one that is aligned with the saw mechanism, isn't obvious to tell.
Also there is some side play in the mechanism, so what I did is center the blade guide with what seems like the center of the side travel when trying to wiggle it sideways with the mechanism fully down. This is my setting now and it is the setting that I suppose puts the least stress on the saw mechanism (= the guide does not fight the natural path of the blade).
Now the only problem is that with this setting, it does not cut really square when used with the rail.
If I want it to cut square with the rail, I can only achieve that with a setting that seems like it's not really aligned with the natural mechanism position (=strain on the mechanism ?).
Any info on this ?