Decent all purpose electrical saw

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  1. Westindieman

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    Can anyone recommend a decent all purpose saw? I have been considering for a while and keep changing my mind. I was going to buy one of those you can fix to a bench but then decided I dont need something like that as they are usually just for cross cutting. I have then been considering one of those mini circular saws like the Worx but the cutting depth seems too small at 27 or 28mm if I want to cut 2 by 1 or something like that. I do have a jig saw but want something for cutting bigger wood when I am doing DIY. Any ideas?
     
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    Get a normal sized circular saw. Very versatile tool. I have a table saw too for bigger jobs.
     
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    Does it need to cut through bone or just general DIY? :)
     
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    Something different to the usual jig saws and circular saws, I have a Black and Decker Scorpion. This handles more like a tenon or long saw and I find it pretty useful.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    Thanks for the replies. That Black and Decker Scorpion looks a useful and reasonably priced option. Any disadvantages?
     
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    Describe exactly what you're cutting and how you want to cut it.

    Cutting sheets of timber needs a circular saw and if you have a straight edge to clamp to the timber, the cut will be perfect.
     
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  8. Westindieman

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    It's for all purpose cutting. I cut wood of various shapes and size, plastic and sometimes metal. Just an all rounder for general DIY.
    I have virtually ruled out the Black an Decker now after looking at some reviews.
     
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    All purpose cutting means various different tools.

    I cut a fair amount of sheet timber and I'll use my circular saw every time. If I have to cut shapes out of the timber then the jigsaw comes out. If I'm chopping lengths of timber then it's my chopsaw.

    If I'm ripping timber down then I'll use my Table saw.

    Unless you're specific about what you're most likely to be doing, it's difficult to suggest which tool should be first on your list.
     
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    I'm not going to buy a list of saws, I'm going to buy one tool that I can adapt to whatever I'm doing. But I do have some ideas from here I hadn't considered before so thanks.
     
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    If you want one saw to do everything then you may be best getting a reciprocating saw like this: Bosch PSA 900 E Multi-Saw: Amazon.co.uk: DIY & Tools

    It won't be brilliant cutting straight lines in sheets but it will cut them.

    You may feel the need to get a circular saw as well at some point :)
     
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    The best all purpose saw will be a hand saw.. a lot cheaper too..

    john..
     
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    Don't forget the elbow grease too. :)
     
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    I don't think you can go wrong with a circular saw.

    You can make a jig for breaking down sheet goods = table saw
    You can use a speed square for perfect cross cuts on lengths of timber = chop saw
    You can tilt it to any angle up to 50 degrees (depends on saw) to cut bevels or in conjunction with above speed square at 45 degrees cut mitres = mitre saw

    Only thing it can't do on Wahreo's list is cut shapes!

    I'm in the process of upgrading mine and found a Makita 5008M 210mm diameter blade saw with magnesium base (makes it lighter and stronger apparently) for only £130!

    This one comes with stops for the most common angles.

    Jig:
    How to Make a Circular Saw Guide - This Old House


    Saw:
    Makita 5008MG 210mm Circular Saw

    Speed square:
    Faithfull Quick & Easy Aluminium Roofing Square - Roofing - Measuring & Marking - Hand Tools | Axminster Tools & Machinery
     
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    Again thanks for all the replies. Idoodle which circular saw have you been using to date, it it a fixed one?
     
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    No it's still tiltable but only up to 45 (which is fine). It was Screwfix's own brand (Erbauer)

    It was a cheapo one so after nearly 10 years of casual use it's starting to wear a little too much for my liking;

    1) it was never really accurate; the 45 degree position was overshot by about 3 or 4 degrees so I always had to lower the angle and test when doing 45's.
    2) the depth lock twisted too far too easily so you had to dismantle it to undo it.
    3) the blade guard got stuck when doing 45's so you had to lock it open (using cable ties!) to make it ride through properly (you could hold it open but it's a little difficult when holding the saw with one hand and the work piece with the other)

    Hoping (expecting) the Makita will be massively better, for not a lot more money. It's a great price - most other sites it's £160 at least.
     

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