Okay, does anyone here have either the Lion Miter Trimmer or the knock-off
from Grizzly? I would be interested in feedback from anyone here with
personal experience on either of these units, or a resonable facsimile.
I've been doing a bit of framing of late and expect more in the future and
would be interested in a miter trimmer if they do in fact speed up the
process and make it more accurate.
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I have a friend in the picture framing business that uses the Lion. I
have used it. Quite a piece of steel, and quite accurate - enough for
custom picture frames. I don't think it would do Crown molding, and I
would keep my appendages FAR away from that blade and anvil.
I think it was close to $500.
I have a knock off trimmer, not grizzly. Never used a Lion, but hear they
are a little better. Mine cuts beautiful.
I hade to tweek the stops a little.The stops are kinda funky, little spring
loaded popup deals. I would think about getting a good miter gauge first. I
have an Incra 3000. I don't use the miter trimmer much after that, now.
Or build a sled for 45's, Much faster than a trimmer.
I have the Lion Trimmer and think that it is a wonderful tool. My stops
were dead on accurate out of the box and cut glass smooth miters. I don't
look at it as a tool to speed up the process because it adds another step
but in helps insure that you have accurate cuts.
Bob McBreen - Yarrow Point Washington
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On Wed, 24 Dec 2003 21:54:36 GMT, "john moorhead"
Well, I have the knockoff, and, as a matter of fact, I just
finished using it today for putting some molding onto a Veteran's Flag
I have seen the Lion, and, I have to say that I can't see that
it is an immensely better tool than the Grizzly version. Both have
scarily sharp blades and a precise mechanism for trimming the ends of
molding to a precise 45 degree angle. I like mine a lot, although,
it is one of the scariest tools in the shop. Those cutting blades
are large, and so sharp that they seem to PULL themselves into the
stock (or your finger). The good news is that when (not if) you
get cut, it really does not hurt, the blades are so sharp.
My Grizzly, which, by the by, I purchased several years
ago from a poster to this newsgroup at a great discount, came set
up perfectly and ready to use. The angles set were accurate, and
the blades did, indeed, produce a glass-like finish on the
In any case, if one has a fair amount of framing or molding
to do, it is an excellent investment. I see that there are a couple
of them on Ebay just at the moment, for not TOO much money (under
$140 so far).
For what it is worth, a search of groups.google.com
for "miter trimmer" should get you further discussion on this
I have the grizzly. I like it for what it is. The hardest thing about
trimmers to me is making sure you trim exactley the same amount from both
sides. If you don't you still get gaps/mis-allignment in your frames. I am
waiting to buy a framing notcher, it cuts both (2) 45 at the same time with
a "V" cutter, much more acurate it is. it uses to stops, one for the short
sides and one for the long sides. I have seen the benchtop models start at
My 3 cents,
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