|Forum topic by AngieO||posted 06-03-2016 08:37 PM||1262 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
06-03-2016 08:37 PM
Well… the title is a little misleading.
My very first miter saw was actually this guy….
I spent $50 for the saw and the sander. Plus… he gave me some really nice pallet wood as well. This started my woodworking journey.
Eventually this poor guy gave out. I ended up selling him to a guy that had one as well and he needed a part from mine. Three years ago (August 2013) my mom bought me a brand new Kobalt 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw. I was thrilled. It was amazing. However… as the years went by and my skills increased I realized something very crucial. My miter saw was NOT to be trusted. I could never get a square cut. It was horrible. However i just figured it was how miter saws worked. Well… a couple of weeks ago I was about to start on a new project. A bench for some friends.
I knew these friends were going to be very particular. And I knew that based on how this project ended up… I could get some more projects from them. So I went about trying to square up my miter saw. Come to find out… the problem wasn’t that it was a miter saw. It was MY miter saw. I had asked the local tool guy at Lowe’s that’s always very helpful what I could do. He asked a couple of questions and told me to bring it in.
I lovingly packed up my baby… And off to Lowe’s I went.
Come to find out… my saw had a defect. All these years… all these projects. I never could have gotten a good cut. But it was because of the defect in my saw.
So….. This is what I came home with.
Kobalt may not be the best brand out there. But I’m sure happy about their policies. I went home with a brand new machine And guess what….? The cuts are SOOOOOOO much better. And I learned how to really square up my blade so I can get great cuts.
I was one happy girl making those cuts for the metal break bench. Wouldn’t have come out as nicely as it did without my new baby.