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#1 posted 10-20-2018 01:15 PM

Agree with Bondo. A well-tuned table saw with crosscut sled will do everything a miter saw can (and more). A miter saw may be able to improve upon the speed with some of these operations assuming you spend money on a nice one. From a upfront investment standpoint, you’ll get more mileage (for less money) with the table saw.

If you’re not sure this is going to be a longterm hobby, look around for a contractor saw that’s in good shape, preferably with an upgraded fence. One thing to make sure of is that is includes a blade guard, or be sure you can get an aftermarket one (and factor that into your price).. Depending on your location, you can get one from anywhere between $100-$300 (depending on accessories and upgrades included).

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