I will be starting a project installing both considerable amount of
molding in my house. I want to buy a power miter saw for the project.
After this I will seldom have any need of the saw. Renting one by the
day would cost to much for a diy in spare time job so can any one
suggest an econonical saw for the project?
I think the cheapest and best brand to get would be a Myneighboursdewalt,
usually the price is great and if they are like me we never remember who we
lend our tools too.
I agreee with buying a decent Dewalt and then reselling on Ebay, Just make
sure that it is a comound miter Saw and if you are doing some thick crown
molding make it a 12" minimum.
Dewalt's are nice, but not work the money for the average homeowner.
I purchased a ryobi 12" compound miter saw. It was cheap and works
For molding I bought a dewalt 12" 80tooth blade. Makes real clean
cuts, just so you dont trash that expensive molding you just purchased.
I used the saw so far for just about everything you can imaging and
its still working great. (molding, ripping 2x4's, doing siding...)
If money is no object, man would I go for one of those dewalt sliding
compound miter saws.....
I have one of the new 12" DeWalt sliding compound miter saws and stands and
love it, though it's a little much to "man Handle" for 75% of the jobs I do.
I'm actually considering supplementing with a cheap Ryobi for small less
One of the best and easily obtained is the DeWalt. You can buy one and then
later sell it for overall less cost than renting.
While I normally do not recommend cheap tools, you can get a Ryobi for about
$100. If you do, you may want to consider getting a better blade for it. I
have no experience with the original blade so check it out. If the cut is
smooth enough, good, but if not a Freud blade is a good bet. In your
case, the most important part is accuracy of the cut so you may have to
adjust it to get it perfect. Durability is not a factor since it is a one
For molding, a 10" is very adequate. You can spend more money for a 12" or
a slider and get more capacity, but for you needs, it seems overkill. If
you have ideas of putting on a deck in the future, the miter saw will be
"> > After this I will seldom have any need of the saw. Renting one by the
A couple of posters made accurate statements in context but may confuse you
since it sounds like they disagreed.
A 10" blade will cut up to 3 1/4" crown. If you are installing the bigger
stuff you need a 12" blade.
A 10" blade will cross cut 1 x 6 or 2 x 6 stock (5 1/2" actual) at 90
The maximum on my saw anyway, a 10" blade will allow a you to cut when the
board is standing on its edge is a 3 1/4" piece of stock. Think basboard.
Actually the new specs seem to say a nominal 4 x 4 so that would be 3 1/2"
No matter what name brand you buy you should be able to recover about the
same % when you sell it later if you take care of it and have the packaging.
At Lowes they have a Delta (Model: MS250) for $78 or the Dewalt for 199. I
remodeled 4 house and done numerous small jobs with my Delta (36-075). $78
bucks is only 2 days rental.
Has anyone just used the old miter box? I'm having the same issue right
now about what miter saw to buy for crown molding, but was told that I
can only use a 12" saw for molding. I'm not wanting to spend 300 on a
saw for doing molding in one room, plus another 50 bucks or so for a
blade with enough teeth to not rip up the molding. I'm only doing one
room. Has anyone had experience using a simple miter box and miter saw
(manual). I figure if the guys used them in 1928, why not spend 20
rather than 350. Any thoughts?
You will develop a firm appreciation for the workmanship in older homes
after using a manual miter box.
Most of those joints were coped not mitered.
A decent quality miter saw and box will set you back about $50. I have used
one many times and before I did again I would use the $50 at a rental place.
If you can't install one room in one day there is a problem.
Miter boxes are dead with todays molding. If you learn the art of
copeing corners, thats a
different story. Miter boxes were ok for just basic corners, but what
happens when they
are more than 90 degrees. Putty time I guess.... Or look at it this
way, crown molding
comes in 45/45 and 52/38 (depending on where you live) If you dont
have the corners
dialed in right for the type of corner, you just wasted your money (and
The miter saw (compound miter is really a min. way to go) is what I
If you want to do ANY work that requires cutting is a pleasure to use.
Buying a good 80 tooth blade sucks but if you want real clean nice
corners its the way to
If you can't buy it, find a friend. Or if you really have to just rent