12:55PM | 12/29/06
Member Since: 05/09/04
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I received a Craftsman 7 1/4" miter saw for xmas. My question is, before i open it should i return it and get the 10"? I will be using it for crown moulding and chair rail and some deck board replacement. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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07:38PM | 12/29/06
Member Since: 12/27/02
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You'll want to cut the crown in position, so the 10" should provide the table to cut a decent size crown at it's spring angle.

For decks typically the decking is 2x6 so to cut those a 10" is best then if you need a scarf or miter you'll have the blade.

Even better is the sliding compound, but if you have a tight budget at least go for the 10".

In my humble opinion anyway.

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08:31PM | 12/29/06
Member Since: 11/25/06
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If you look around a bit you can find a compound sliding miter saw fairly cheap. I bought a 10 inch laser miter from Sears for about $275, Two weeks later I found a 10 inch slider in a discount lumber store on sale for $125. It has a laser also. The laser is not as sharp but it is better than not having one. I agree, the 10 inch blade is much more useful than a 7 1/4 inch blade.


04:27PM | 01/03/07
Member Since: 11/21/06
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Good to hear about the 10". For Xmas my husband got me the Fire Storm by Black and Decker 10" Compound Miter Saw with Laser.

I asked for a miter saw so I could learn how to put up crown moulding. I plan to get the table on Saturday.

Very Ambitious


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