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I'm new to power tools. I've been around them but never used them. My project is going to be laminate flooring. The flooring is 8" wide and the 10 inch miter saws I looked at don't handle that size. The 12 inch miter saws have an 8 inch max. capacity, but I didn't know how accurate that spec is. So I thought I would try a 10 inch sliding miter saw that had a 12 inch capacity (Kobalt). My question is, are they difficult to use? Am I over buying? Will that 8 inch capacity actually handle 8 inches? I also want to buy a jigsaw. Will I need any special blades for the laminate flooring (both miter and jigsaw)?

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It depends on if you will use the saw again and how much flooring your planing on putting in. If your going to use a miter saw on several projects then I would say buy the sliding miter saw. It shouldn't be difficult at all to use and will make installing flooring much quicker. A regular blade should work fine, but they do make blades geared toward laminates. I personally couldn't live with out my saw, but I also use almost everyday. I would question the quality of a Kobalt miter saw.

You could use a table saw with a miter guide or the cheapest way would be to use a circular saw with a square as a guide. You would need to buy a good blade for the circular saw, but that still the cheapest route.
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Greetings and welcome to this forum. I don't know if you have ever installed that laminate stuff. We installed Pergo flooring and it went fairly will. The places around the doors and any corner is tricky. I have a DeWalt 12" compound miter slider It is mounted ob a Ridgid miter saw table and do I ever like the table. If you want any more information just let me know. I got it a HD for 99.00 and they now sell for 179.00.

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Hi Judy,

Installing laminate flooring is easy and quick. I agree w/fasttrack, that if this is the only project you will use this saw for it may be excessive. You can cut the laminate completely w/a jig saw if you have (or make) an edge guide.

When I install it, I usually use a table saw, with a 60 tooth blade. That way I can crosscut and rip w/the same tool. Just use the mitre gauge on the table saw for crosscuts. You will need a jig saw for door ways and certain moldings if you don't undercut the molding w/a jamb saw.

Hope this sheds some light.

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Judy, if this is all you are going to do, then use a jigsaw or handsaw, but if you buy a slde mitre saw get the big one, it is so versatile, mine is in use every time I go into the workshop, as for cutting laminate around door frames there is an easy way out of this, use a biscuit jointer and cut away the bottom of the frame, then the laminate will slip under.
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Buy a better saw than that Kobalt. Remember you are installing it yourself. Even if you buy a 150.00 - 300.00 saw you are coming out WAY ahead becasue of no install cost. If you decide the saw is not for you return it.

The Kobalt is unsafe in my opinion. If you do get it screw it down to a 2' x 2' sheet of ply wood to make it more stable.
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Judy, if this is the only project you intend to use the saw for I would suggest renting one. You are far better off to have a top quality saw for the job. There are any number of jigs you can use with a circular saw to get perfect cuts, a big part of getting the best cut lies in the blade used. I would want a finishing blade for best results, and I highly recommend Freud blades since they are accurate and reasonably priced.

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Most have said "if this is your only project" and initially I thought it would be. But after taking down bunk beds in the son's bedroom room and looking at his carpet, I think I might just do all the rooms except bathrooms & kitchen. I'll do the family room first as there are no doors (except sliding door) just openings to hall and other rooms. I have looked on you-tube for some demo video and really don't see doors as a big problem (when I get to the bedrooms). So I think I will skip the jigsaw (a slow process I think) recommendation & the rental recommendation as I'll be using whatever I buy more than once. Thanks for the advice on Kobalt or not. I'll check some sales and see what I can get in the $200-300 range. Judy
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Judy, a place that most people over look for tools is a Pawn Shop. I bought my Makita compound slide miter for about $250 and Makita is a top brand name.

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WELL, I was talked into the Kobalt. I bought it ($199 at Lowes) and used it Saturday. I laid the laminate and will do the trim next Saturday. I am happy with the purchase. No problems with it feeling unsafe. The only complaint would be the dust collector bag was worthless. For $200, I can live with that. I had some cuts I had to do with the jigsaw. I hate using the jigsaw and am glad I didn't attempt the project with just a jigsaw.
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