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I have finished a Home Inspection course and I am currently taking a carpentry course from EMCC. I use a 10 inch Kobalt miter saw and everyone at the school says they are good saws.
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I find the best reviews on products are easily found on line. Just search for something like "Kobalt miter saw review" or the model number.
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I have finished a Home Inspection course and I am currently taking a carpentry course from EMCC. I use a 10 inch Kobalt miter saw and everyone at the school says they are good saws.
Hi, Debbie ~ Congratulations on finishing your Home Inspection course. As Art mentioned, you will find lots of tool reviews on-line. Here is one that you might want to view on U-tube. You will learn that the laser version is off by approx 1/8 inch. Not good. I am partial to the Bosch line of compound sliding saws and still use my my 10 inch model 3915 purchased in 1996. Couple of things to watch for: 1. take time to set up your alignments (ie, blade set to 90 degree of table, and check your 45 degree stop), and 2. learn the difference between 60 teeth blades vs 40 tooth.

Also, don't forget to check out the tool reviews in the more popular wood working magazines on-line. They will give you a lot of pointers. And of course check here at Router Forums for the best expert advice about routers. I am new to routing and this is a top notch (no pun intended) site for advice.
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The first thing to consider when evaluating a tool for your purpose(s) is not what someone else thinks about a tool in general, but what you will use it for.

If you fix shoes, the best framing hammer in the world is likely not as good for your purposes as a mediocre cobbler's hammer.

By the same reasoning, if you want to use a chop saw for framing, you will want a different saw than if you are doing fine, finish carpentry. Although, you will likely want a worm drive circular saw if you are a framer anyway... Oh, and don't show up with a cobbler's hammer.


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Welcome Debbie, as Bob mentioned take time and use a reliable measuring tool ( I have a machinest square from Woodpeckers) to tune saw in blade 90 degrees and the 45 degree stops are not always true 45 degrees, You can find how to tune saws in owners manual or on line (u2 videos) I tune my table and miter saw about every 3-4 weeks just to keep things straight plus it will get You familiar with machines especially when they are new to You ....Good Luck

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Hi, Debbie; welcome!
re 'Home Inspections'; I don't know if you've been warned about Hanta virus, from rodent contamination, but take it seriously! When you're poking around in basements and attics, wear a mask.
CDC - Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) - Hantavirus
Whatever you've heard by way of rumour, it's pretty much everywhere, just not especially common...how many people actually poke around in their attics(?).
http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/pdf/hfile36.pdf

Work safely, Debbie!
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