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Old 12-31-2013, 11:22 PM   #1
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Am going to get a miter saw for crown Molding and probably won't use it much after that. I can get this saw at harbor freight for $139 plus 25% off or should I get one of these name brands for Home Depot for about the same price? Thanks

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For the bucks I would go to Home D and get the 10 inch Makita, it is a much better saw and you can sell it for more than you could a HF saw.

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Me If it is a small job. I would just get the stanly miter box and miter hand saw. why waste your money on a saw you might never use again?
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Buy a good saw. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to make precision cuts with an inaccurate saw. Maybe check Craig's list for someone like you who has just finished their job. Be sure to get a good finishing blade also.
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Do I need the " double bevel" feature? Seems like the name brand one with this feature are $400+ And the harbor freight I can get for about $100
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Do I need the " double bevel" feature? Seems like the name brand one with this feature are $400+ And the harbor freight I can get for about $100
For ceiling mold and most other moldings you don't need a bevel saw, a regular miter saw will do. The suggesting of a hand miter saw is not a bad choice you can pick one up for about $35 and they are accurate.
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No one you can borrow one from??
They rent them at HD or menards as well
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For ceiling mold and most other moldings you don't need a bevel saw, a regular miter saw will do. The suggesting of a hand miter saw is not a bad choice you can pick one up for about $35 and they are accurate.
So I can do crown molding with a hand miter saw???
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Sure you can--those fancy electric miter saws are a recent invention---

However, a hand miter box for crown will need to be a large one----crown is tall---
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What kind of wood cutting would an electric miter saw be useful for down the road? Just thinking which I would get more use out of.....
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I use mine to cut 2x4s --one is a slider and gets used to cut shelves---out door soffit and facia---I cut aluminum shower door parts---

I have a damaged one out near the wood pile that is used for cutting kindling for the wood stove---I keep two on the truck----they are handy for any cross cutting that will fit the saw---
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I use mine to cut 2x4s --one is a slider and gets used to cut shelves---out door soffit and facia---I cut aluminum shower door parts--- I have a damaged one out near the wood pile that is used for cutting kindling for the wood stove---I keep two on the truck----they are handy for any cross cutting that will fit the saw---
Thanks ...I would like to spend under $120 and there are a few from both HD and Lowes that I can choose from. Ant recommendation? Thanks a lot

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I go back before electric miter saws, all we had were the old hand type, electric hadn't come out yet. I wish I could find one of the old ones, they were really accurate and would cut up to a 60 degree angle.

You may try a pawn shop, they have some good buys sometimes and you can talk them down most times.
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Stay away from the harborfreight saws.
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I am afraid of the really cheap saws. I had a Hitachi 15 inch saw back when Hitachi was really good and pretty high in cost. This saw cost over $500 when most other good saws were a lot less. The compound saws weren't on the market yet.

One of my boys was using the saw to miter a riser. This saw would miter a 1X8 standing up. My helper had just got through cutting and had just moved his hand out from under the blade and this was when saws didn't have a brake. The spring holding the saw in the up position broke and had his hand been still under there it would have been very bad. I won't trust a cheap saw when even the high dollar saw can break like that.

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