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As I have stated before I have a very small shop with limited space to place large tools.

My question is this, which tool would offer better results in building boxes and clocks? A Drill Press or Miter Saw? I do have all the corded hand tools necessary to accomplish most tasks. Drills, jig saw, circular saw, routers, etc. I did some rearranging yesterday and managed to gain enough space to place either a Drill Press or Miter Saw, but not both. The reason I ask this is because I can get a 5 speed bench top drill press for $60.00 or a 10 inch sliding miter saw for $80.00, both new. I can see the need for both, but would like input from more experienced woodworkers as to which would be more practical.

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Do you have a good table saw? If yes, then that can do he work of the miter saw.

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Do you have a good table saw? If yes, then that can do he work of the miter saw.
Don't have room for a table saw or band saw. Either of those would take up more space than either the drill press or miter saw. I think though if I had the room I would prefer a band saw over a table saw because in my opinion a band saw is much more versatile and a circular saw can do as much as a table saw if not more. After saying that it occurred to me a circular saw can do anything a miter saw can do so that means a drill press is the more logical purchase.

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A drill press is a luxury if you don't have an accurate saw, table or sliding mitre. No contest!
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My sliding Mitre saw is one of the most useful pieces of kit in my whole workshop, couldnt do without it now. I have a drill press but to honest I use it rarely, choosing to use hand held corded drill for most drilling tasks.
To me personally its a no brainer - Mitre Saw

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Don't have room for a table saw or band saw. Either of those would take up more space than either the drill press or miter saw. I think though if I had the room I would prefer a band saw over a table saw because in my opinion a band saw is much more versatile and a circular saw can do as much as a table saw if not more. After saying that it occurred to me a circular saw can do anything a miter saw can do so that means a drill press is the more logical purchase.
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Ken, I have my benchtop tools mounted using easily accessed bolts with big wing nuts. I've got plenty of room for all of my tools - but I sometimes need the Drill Press and Miter Saw to play musical chairs - I am able to move either or both of them quite easily. If the prices you indicated are for good quality tools - you cannot go wrong buying both.

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Y'know there's usually an alternative solution if you don't have the exact tool you need...
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Normally I would suggest a Table Saw is the first choice, but if room really prevents it, then a quality sliding miter saw.

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The reason I ask this is because I can get a 5 speed bench top drill press for $60.00 or a 10 inch sliding miter saw for $80.00, both new.
Everything here in Canada costs more than in the US so I may be off base here but a miter saw for $80.00? I agree with a miter saw being the best choice but a cheap tool that won't cut straight is a waste of money and an ongoing source of frustration. Is this a quality tool or a regrettable purchase?
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