POWER SAW, what a newbie needs to get first?

Old 05-06-10, 05:17 AM
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POWER SAW, what a newbie needs to get first?

i moved in a new house and started to get the itch to do some woodworking projects. im a total newbie when it comes to this so id like to get some suggestions what POWER SAW to buy first. im looking at the versatility to handle different projects hoping to get several projects done w/o getting another saw. im budget conscious right now
im planning to build a picnic table and maybe a gate to my side yard.
appreciate any tips.
Old 05-06-10, 05:37 AM
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First Saw

My suggestion would be a good quality circular saw.
Old 05-06-10, 04:21 PM
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As Ken said, a circle saw is the primary one. Adding to your menagerie would be a good jig saw and eventually a reciprocating saw. After all that, stationary saws will cure the itch for a short time. Need any more help spending money, you have us to help. We won't steer you wrong
Old 05-06-10, 05:34 PM
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Obviously a circular saw is key. You can spend anywhere from $29 to upwards of $150 for a real good one.

I would suggest spending around $89. For that you can get a DeWalt or Makita or baiscally a nice reliable brand name saw that will last forever.

A cheaper one would be a black and decker ($49), skilsaw (they have professional ones but also lower end ones in the $40 range) and GMC (lowes brand about $29) or you can find a chicago tool at Harbor freight for around $40 as well.

At that point, considering what you want to do I might even suggest a table saw after the circular. Cutting long boards straight on the length end might just be possible only on a table saw. you can pick up a Ryobi at HOme Depot for $99.

Of course as Chandler said you should eventually add a nice jigsaw and then the reciprocating saw. Recips are good for demo so I would put that last on your list.

You can always shop on ebay. Name brand tools on there are usually pretty reliable and you can get a good one for half the cost if you catch the right sale.

Best of luck. We always like helping people spend their cash!
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i recently bought a makita 7-1/4" framing saw-/a version of the -worm drive saw/ ( reconditioned/1 year warranty) from harbour freight.
$100.00-I love it / it is also a 'blade left" that 'I' like so you can actually see where you are cutting(if you are right handed)

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