Power miter saw for floor install


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Old 05-16-06, 08:58 AM
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Power miter saw for floor install

I'm about to start a self-install of a floating Bamboo floor in my new house. The living room has a fireplace in a corner, that I would like to line the boards up with (boards perpendicular to the fireplace). As a result, I'm going to have to cut every board up against the walls to fit the angle of the fireplace ...

The Bamboo floor boards I will be using are 7.5" wide and just a little more than 0.5" thick.

What are my options for a power saw that can handle a mitered cut on a wide board? The power miter saws I've found don't seem to handle anything wider than about 5" - 6" (assuming a 45 degree cut)

I am not about to undertake this project unless I have a power saw option for the cutting ... 2000 square feet of miter cutting ... that would add some serious time to my project

Anyone??
 
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Old 05-16-06, 04:19 PM
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You need a sliding miter saw. Cost a good deal more but will do your trick. Also, a 12" miter saw as opposed to the more common 10" will cut quite a bit wider.
 
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Old 05-16-06, 04:50 PM
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I second the slider
10" slider would do it
 
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Old 05-16-06, 07:39 PM
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Great advice ... thanks ...

But man that is quite a price difference ... can't really find much for less than $600 ... hmm ... I might have to rethink how much passion I have for running those boards at an angle

Thanks though ... exactly what I needed
 
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Old 05-17-06, 04:34 AM
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Richard: think about renting one for a couple of days for the job. May save a little money and still get what you need. But it will definitely be the tool of choice.
 
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Good point about renting
I'm a firm believer in renting rather than buying for single project uses

$600...is that Canadian?
You should be able to get a top quality Bosch 10" slider for around $400
And that's a real good one....you can't get much better
 
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I bought a DeWalt 10" regular CMS. Its a great saw and its one of my most-used tools BUT I wish that I had gone the extra mile and gotten a slider. If I ever have to replace it I'll go that route.
 
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Old 05-17-06, 08:36 AM
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Radial arm saw would do well also , used ones around here go for less than 200 ,

I see a lot advertised in the 100 dollar range

add a good 60 blade and cut away

since its a DIY project portablity really isnt a issue .
 
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Old 05-18-06, 02:21 PM
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Thanks guys ... after digging a little, I found a nice sliding miter for $400 even ... delivered to my door from my good friends at Amazon

Appreciate the help.
 
 

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