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Howyouluhdat
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re: Cutting straight lines with a circular saw
You can make plunge cuts with a skil saw too


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Jon A thon
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I ordered the makita from Amazon and it kept getting delayed. Like said it would deliver today, then update to week out. Then finally they canceled my order.
Ended up just buying a festool TS55 since no other track saws were in stock. I wish that would have never happened. Would have saved a little on the track saw and hundreds on buying more festool stuff after falling in live with it, haha.

Track saw is a great tool. I haven't touched a regular circular saw since.


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OU812ME2
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I can cut plywood just fine. It’s 2x4’s and such that I can’t cut straight. It always has some sort of angle or curve to the cut.


Get the compound miter saw for 2x4's. It's a much nicer cut AND much quicker. If space is an issue, most have folding tables. You can continue to fight it by clamping straight edges, etc, but that takes a lot more time and effort than the miter saw. Especially one with a laser. You don't even have to measure, just cut your mark and your done in 2 seconds.


Unobtanium
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Speed Square
plus a sharp blade should do the trick.


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Oilfieldbiology
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My BIL told me to go get a worm drive circular saw. Are they really that much better?


Oilfieldbiology
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Get the compound miter saw for 2x4's. It's a much nicer cut AND much quicker. If space is an issue, most have folding tables. You can continue to fight it by clamping straight edges, etc, but that takes a lot more time and effort than the miter saw. Especially one with a laser. You don't even have to measure, just cut your mark and your done in 2 seconds.


I want one so bad, but first I need to organize my sheds to make room. I have too much crap. What I really need to do is build a storage shed for all my tools, but first I need to buy a miter saw and table saw so I can build it. To store my miter saw and table saw


Clames
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My BIL told me to go get a worm drive circular saw. Are they really that much better?


If you are a framer or commonly use a circular saw for ripping OSB and decking. I have a worm drive and side-winders and I use whichever is better suited to the work I'm doing.


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OU812ME2
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Compound miter saws aren't that big really. You don't even have to get the stand if you don't have the room. Even the cheap Ryobi +18 version from HD will cut plenty of 2x4's straight as can be AND you can get your stuff built to store it all.


Jon A thon
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I have an old kobalt sliding miter saw with a 7 1/4" blade that I got for like 99 bucks 10 years ago. Before I really got I to woodworking to do small tasks around the house. Stores on a shelf if needed. Even now that I have a garage full of heavy duty tools, I've still not upgraded that saw. I don't use my miter saw for "furniture grade" accurate cuts. It just chops down boards to round about length with good enough square-ness. Which for framing and such is more than fine. For super accurate cuts, I use a table saw and sled. I may upgrade to a really good miter saw when I have too much money in my pocket, but until then this saw would have to die on me. And I have a problem buying expensive tools and still don't care to have an expensive miter saw.


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Mark Makers
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I bought a track saw for this 6 months ago and it was life changing. No more measuring over a certain distance to put your straight edge on. No more clamping down the straight edge and trying to keep the clamps out of the path of the saw. You just mark a line where you want to cut it, put your track along that line (it grips the plywood on its own to stay in place) and you roll with it. So easy, worth every penny. I went with the Kreg track saw, no complaints.

ETA: I didn't see your ETA that you were talking about 2x4s and not plywood. How the hell you can cut plywood straight but not a 2x4 is beyond me its usually the opposite for me when i freehand something.
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