Shed building saw

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  1. Loofah

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    So I've realised that I need a new shed and frankly I hate the off the peg ones so building myself. I've always cobbled together before but starting from scratch with zero spare materials and wondering if I should opt for using a circular 'skill' saw or a mitre. I appreciate that a circular is more versatile and can be used for ripping lengths but the mitre is better for angles and cross cuts etc Just curious if there is a pro on the forum with a preferred option.

    I should add I'll be reroofing the greenhouse using same tools next year so that's a consideration
     
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    Although I'm not a pro, here's my take on things.
    If you can have only one of the saws, go with the circular saw. If you're using sheet material for the shed, that's the one you'll need. If you intend to make the shed with a framework and some form of cladding, the mitre saw is a time saver. I've constructed my fair share of garden buildings for myself and clients when I was gardening full time and I'm in the process of acquiring the materials for a project in the new year(to house my ever growing collection of stuff that's too good to throw away but I'll probably never use)
     
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      Really you need both a table saw and what we call a chop saw, guessing that's a mite saw, but it tends to get used mostly for square cutting ends,
      Basically a cross cut.

      You could perhaps be ok with a skill saw for cutting sheets.
      The ones that work off a rail are very good and useful.
       
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        Agree with @flounder and @pete if at all possible go with both but if not go with a circular, fortunately I have both and can definitely say my chopsaw has a lot more use than my circular saw but my circular is invaluable when it comes to cutting long length materials.
         
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          Like others have both, but with timber being so readily available in so many sizes or even cut by the local timber yard for you, would say the chop saw is the better one to have.

          Though the ease of chopping planks to length is obvious, its best use is to ensure you get good square or angled clean cut ends to your main beams.

          Don't forget the humble hand saw, a good quality one , so relatively cheap these days, is invaluable.

          Also have two of those folding work benches (some £20 or cheaper) and some spreader clamps which makes dealing with long lengths of timber or sheets so much easier.
           
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            I fully agree with that.

            One tool that is ideal for DIY, and virtually unheard of is a Shopsmith. A bit expensive, but very, very versatile. The same machine can be used for most woodworking jobs that come along. Having the capability of being used with a generator, it can be used far from mains electric as well.
             
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              For building a shed I think the chop/mitre saw would be the most useful. Circular saws can be a little tricky to use. Screwfix do a great value range of Evolution mitre saws, very good value.
               
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                Can I point out, a chop saw is actually a circular saw;)
                Anything with a circular blade is actually a circular saw.:smile:

                But as with all things it depends on how much money you are prepared to spend and how much use it is likely to get after the initial project is finished.

                You cant beat a chopsaw, biggest one you can afford.


                One of these will do you proud if you have sheets to cut.

                https://www.screwfix.com/p/festool-...e2Mg0TwQBOkYAh34Zm0aAnB0EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

                Buy the guide rail to go with it, bigger ones with a deeper cut are avilible, but this is good enough for sheets.
                Most of the site chippys I know swear by them, they are easy to use and pretty safe if you just follow a few precautions.
                I've used them for all kinds of things and they are good.
                 
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                  Think I'll be opting for the circular saw (skill saw for the US) for the shed building this year and get a mitre for the greenhouse roof next year. Funds aren't as good as they could be and I expect I'll have some sheet materials to deal with so problem solved!

                  Thanks all :)
                   
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                      I'm always dubious about tools that purport to do multifunction but will naturally take a look...
                       
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                        I'm lucky enough to have built up a pretty decent range of woodworking tools and machinery over the years. Out of all those tools, the one that I find most versatile is my chop saw. Design the shed correct from the beginning, and its really the only power tool needed.

                        Theres an advantage for the future as well. If sheet material is avoided, (which with a chop saw it has to be) future repairs can usually be made a lot more easily and therefore quicker.
                         
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