I am new to home improvement. Saw a big sale of miter saw at Home
Depot. What are good uses of a miter saw versus other saws? What common
things can you make having to use a miter saw vs . any other saw?
As a former amature who is now a novice this is the order I bought my saws
with the general uses:
Hack - everying :) - from teenager to 30's :)
skill saw - general use, saw off 2x4s, plywood, etc... took a while to get
good at using it (eg straight lines)
mitre saw - molding and baseboards, 2x4, flooring cut off etc.
reciprocating - demolitions, small low lying tree limbs - vital for demo
table saw - finer cuts, especially ripping decking, flooring, some rough
all reasonably lower end of market... have served me very well.... as I get
better, I see the benefit of higher end saws, but still make do with the
If only one saw...really depends on you most like use.
Great? No. Mediocre? Maybe, depending on your use.
My saw was $300 and the blade is worth more than that saw. It has better
support on the right side for the wood being cut, it is larger 12", for a
wider cut, it is very accurate and holds settings.
If you plan to install some flooring, trim some baseboard, hack some 2 x 4's
to size, it will probably be all you ever need. If you are going to do more
serious work, compound miters for crown molding, you may be disappointed.
I never suggested that. You do need a saw that is accurate and easily set
to get the proper compound angles. I bought a DeWalt 12" for the wider cuts
it can make. Not everyone needs that, but it was worth the extra money for
me. When cutting very thick lumber such as 4 x 4's, the extra power of
better saws is a big plus. As I did say, it depends on your needs..
Ditto to all of the above. They don't cost that much more. RM~
PS, I have a 12 in Dewalt miter saw , a 10 in table saw, 12 in band saw , 16
in scroll saw, jig saw and a worm drive circular saw. If I had to own just
one saw it would be the table saw. RM~
early and enjoy the peace and quiet... when the wife wakes up I say
good morning to her then run out to my shop
Heck.. I own 2 Table saws...a Band saw, reciprocating saw, assorted
jig or sabre saws, a stationary "jig" saw, a couple of circular saws,
a Regular Miter saw, a Radial arm saw... half dozen hand saws,
Each has its own use... they all cut wood... I would not want to build
a house using my Tablesaw...but I would not want to build a kitchen
cabinet with a circular saw...and neither would be real good at
trimming fallen tree limbs (oh I forgot I also have gas & electric
chain saws)..for tree limbs..
Actually I should just sit down and make a list of what kind of saws I
own ...darn just remembered I also have a couple of bow saws, a coping
saw, a flush cut saw....damn the list is going to be long ...LOL
better idea what you might want that it doesn't have (if anything).
FWIW, my miter saw cost more than that. It has served me quite well,
but now it's drifted off 90 degrees slightly and try as I might I can't
get it adjusted just right. I think maybe my blade is bent.
Maybe I should head for Lowes. ;-)
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HD has Ryobi mitre saws for 100 dollars, plus other of their tools for
the same price. It wasn't clear if the price started tomorrow or
later this weekend. or when it ended.
It's not clear to me if it's a good price or not.
But I'll bet some sale ad is what prompts this question.
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me know if you have posted also.
I've have a Makita 10" miter that I've used for years, it does about
90& of all I need.
The ultimate "miter" would be a 12" DeWalt compound slide miter. A lot
more than a typical 10" simple miter but it can do it all.
Yeah, I've got a plain miter saw (a delta 10") and it's great for regular
miter cuts and as a cut-off for 2x4s. With a compound slider, though, I
could use it as a cut-off on bigger pieces like 2x8 and 4x4. I can use a
regular circular saw for those so it's no big deal but a slider would make
it that much simpler.
It all depends on what you want to use it for. Wood floors, moulding,
etc... and a miter saw excels.
If you're looking at framing additions, then a handheld circular saw might
make more sense although the miter
saw will do that too. If you're looking at cabinets/furniture, the miter
saw won't do much for you. For that,
it's recommended that you get yourself a solid table saw. A Table Saw will
do all of the above well but you may
have to build some jigs etc. depending on what you're doing. I have a
Table Saw (which is the most used tool in the shop
for cutting), a Radial Arm Saw (used for crosscutting to rough length), a
miter saw (currently being used for a wood floor, soon to be
used for moulding), a circular saw (for rough cutting large sheet goods), a
reciprocating saw (mostly for my jeep! and demo), bandsaw (for curvy
things), and a number of Japanese/Western style handsaws for dovetails,
At the end of the day, it all depends on what you want to do as to what the
most appropriate tool might be.
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