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Forum topic by Ossian posted 06-23-2009 06:03 AM 1370 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2009 06:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question miter saw

I’m about to lay some of the hard-earned stuff out for a compound miter saw—the hand-driven sort, both for $$ and floor space reasons. I’ve looked at the Jorgensen Mini-Compound Miter Saw, which is large enough for my needs, but I’d be a fool not to ask the amassed brainpower at LJ what they think.

Anybody use the Joregensen? Anyone have a favorite I haven’t run across?

My projects are going to be smallish for now; little or no furniture, mostly boxes, frames, and so forth.


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#1 posted 06-23-2009 06:11 AM

Hey Ossian
There are a great number of miter saws available I’m not familiar with a jorgensen miter saw. I would say you might want to get a brand you can get accessories and parts for. Say Delta or dewalt ,even sears.


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#2 posted 06-23-2009 02:24 PM

The DeWalt 12” is supurb, very accurate

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 02:38 PM

There are a lot of vintage Stanley miter boxes on Ebay as well as Union, Marsh, etc. While you’re at it, keep your eyes open for an old Lion Miter Trimmer. There’s nothing like taking a paper thin shaving to get the joint just perfect.

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 05:18 PM

I have my father’s Stanley. I used one of the new miter boxes (unknown brand) at Penland last summer that was a beaut. I believe it’s the one on Lee Valley The positives are of course just having to buy a new blade and not the whole saw. The difference between the new and old were like night and day. I also looked at the Stanley 20-800 just now and don’t see a way to hold the piece down but there are holes to snug it up. It would be great to get one to do both. My hands are small. I also learned not to have the box too high, as with any hand tool the proper height makes cutting easier. If I were in the market, I’d probably go with as much metal as I can, staying away from plastic. Amazon has two good reviews on the Empire model Could you make do with a Zona for now and save for the Empire or the Lee Valley? You might could contact Lee Valley and see who makes theirs, shop around on the Internet.

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 06:23 PM

I am utterly taken by the Lee Valley, and am putting off until I can afford one. Thanks for the tip—

—and I’ll be looking for a Lion Miter Trimmer, as well.

Thanks to all—


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