Saw for decking

6 Mar 2008
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United Kingdom

I am beginning to install some raised decking and was thinking of purchasing an electric saw to do the job quicker (I am not allowed to take any hols over next month or so due to start of large project...and when I am off on 2 rest days after every 7 shifts, I can't rely on weather). So rather than hire a saw and find I can't get it done for rain etc. I am thinking about buying something which I can use when opportunity arises to do a bit and then perhaps sell on second hand when finished with it.

I have never used compound/mitre/crosscut/sliding saws and given my limited DIY knowledge..I'm not sure what they actually all do?

Basically I need something that will do the following:

1. Allow me to cut 100mm x 100mm treated posts (and cut them square)

2. Cut 45 deg bevel on decking boards (to trim around the outside face of decking and give nice corners)

3. Cut 150mm x 50mm joists squarely

4. Plus other cuts that may be required for standard decking projects.

I don't want to spend too much (i.e. no Dewalts or Bosch etc).

So....I'm looking for advice of what type of saw would suit me (inc. blade size), then I can search around for something that may be in my price range (less than £150 if possible....lot lower even better!).

Any advice will be much appreciated.


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Thanks Pantsmachine for your reply.

I actually bought a new 12" combination saw off a guy off eBay (as it will cut the 100mm square posts like a chop saw...and it will do my bevels for the trim).

It's only one of them Rexon ones (MS12RA)....however, I only paid £110 (used an ebay/Paypal 10% discount voucher) inc delivery for a machine which is £190 from Toolstation. Once I'm done with it, I'm sure I will sell it via the Intranet for the company I work (there is a Marketplace for selling things) for more or less what I paid for it!! :)


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