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Mastercraft Mitre Saw Stand worth it for the DIY'er?

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Mastercraft Mitre Saw Stand worth it for the DIY'er?

Just noticed on Canadian Tire front page ad that a mitre saw stand was on sale here https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mast ... 1646p.html

Wondering, for the average DIY'er who has a Kobalt 7 1/4 " mitre saw, is this worth it? I'm not building decks or anything but the occasional wood working project every now and then? I normally have my saw simply setup on my workbench (black and decker) and simply cut 2x4s...with maybe 4x4s (that's really stretching it). Just curious if the price is decent (you know how canadian tire's MSRP prices are astronomical) and if i ended up buying it will it just sit and collect dust in my garage.
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To me the purpose of a mitre saw is for the portability, however as we get older it is nice to have a saw that is not only portable but easily moved around. You might want to look at this particular stand. I have no idea on the construction integrity of the stand but it definitely appears to be portable and with the addition of an portable extension for those really long pieces.

https://www.homedepot.ca/product/bora-m ... 1001500701
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I bought some cheap saw horse legs, put a piece of plywood on top, drilled some holes for the saw (keep in mind the saw stand must have holes in the right spots for your particular mitre saw) and it works great for most things I have to cut.

For the longer pieces I have a a roller stand I pull out. https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hdx-43 ... ?rrec=true
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I bought a similar stand for mine about 12 or 13 years ago. It's nice to have but I don't use it very often. Depends on what I'm planning to cut, or more likely, how many things I'm cutting, as to whether I dig it out and set it up, or just put the saw on the ground or on a table for a few quick things. Mine has wheels at one end, so you can tilt it up and move it over somewhere (the wheels aren't touching the ground unless you tilt the other end up). The price is good for a stand, so you will have to decide yourself whether it's worth the hundred bucks to you or not.
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rilles wrote: I bought some cheap saw horse legs, put a piece of plywood on top, drilled some holes for the saw (keep in mind the saw stand must have holes in the right spots for your particular mitre saw) and it works great for most things I have to cut.

For the longer pieces I have a a roller stand I pull out. https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hdx-43 ... ?rrec=true
Thanks for the heads-up guys on your experiences. What I've decided is I'll pass on the stand as I can't really justify it. However the roller stand might come in handy because it's smaller profile and the way I have mysetup (b&d work table) and combine it with that extension it might actually come in handy for supporting regular 2*4 at 1/3 the cost. My current support is a flipped over garbage can which isn't levelled which has caused me a few rough cutoffs on a mitre from time to time
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So am I the only one that just puts the mitre saw on the deck, then puts scrap wood underneath what I am cutting to make it "level enough" to cut? I have those little 4" arms that go out each side so small cuts, so it's only one really big lengths it's an issue.

The stand you have seems like such a huge improvement. But I have a 10" sliding mitre and I hate having to lug it out of the basement every time. Let alone a stand to go along with it. I find myself more and more just using a circular saw with a guide to keep me straight. I haven't had to do crown moulding or anything - I guess where precision is an absolute must the stand might make sense.
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TrevorK wrote: So am I the only one that just puts the mitre saw on the deck, then puts scrap wood underneath what I am cutting to make it "level enough" to cut? I have those little 4" arms that go out each side so small cuts, so it's only one really big lengths it's an issue.
Nope! Me too! A sideways 2x4 is the exact height of the base of my mitre saw so I keep two small 2x4 cutoffs with my saw to use as supports and either set it on the ground or my workbench depending what I'm cutting.
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TrevorK wrote: So am I the only one that just puts the mitre saw on the deck, then puts scrap wood underneath what I am cutting to make it "level enough" to cut? I have those little 4" arms that go out each side so small cuts, so it's only one really big lengths it's an issue.

The stand you have seems like such a huge improvement. But I have a 10" sliding mitre and I hate having to lug it out of the basement every time. Let alone a stand to go along with it. I find myself more and more just using a circular saw with a guide to keep me straight. I haven't had to do crown moulding or anything - I guess where precision is an absolute must the stand might make sense.
I did that for a while, but could never convince myself to cough up money for a real mitre stand. Putting it up on a table allows me to use the table to hold other stuff while the mitre saw is there. I used a step ladder for a while for long pieces but it had an annoying habit of moving around or falling over. Summertime half my garage is turned into a workshop and all woodwork projects must be done then before lugged into storage for the winter.
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Buy yourself a "Jawhorse". It has many many uses and you can put a piece of wood on it to support the mitre saw.

How you use it depends on your imagination.
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Went without a stand for years. Did the put it on the ground and 2x4 route for a while then used one of those black and decker scissor vice stands for a bit then bought an older place that needed lots of baseboards and saw the CDN Tire mitre stand was on sale around then and haven't looked back.

Mine is a little different than that one though. It has wheels on one side, the base is placed on a piece of wood then clamps into the metal and has more adjustments for heights and such.

Is it a pain to lug around? Of course. It's a big freaking metal stand. Would I ever go without one though? Nope.

Saves your back if you have multiple cuts, you can cut 14' boards without trouble, gives you extra room to work on, folds up somewhat decently and for me, it sits set up in my workshop full time and if I need just a few cuts it takes about 5 seconds to pull the saw off the base and move it wherever I am.

If you have 2 or 3 cuts you can get away with putting it on a worktable or even the ground but if you have dozens of cuts then do yourself a favor and buy a stand. Doesn't have to be that particular one but the convenience is definitely worth it. If money is tight then look at the used market, I see stands pop up every now and again for a decent price.

Of course, just my 2 cents. Everyone is allowed their opinion and I know of more than one woodworker that doesn't even own a mitre saw. They do everything with a sled on a table saw or by hand. To each their own I suppose.
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As a DIY'er, I went with a work bench like this one:

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Keter Work Bench



It's a foldable multi-purpose bench that I can use even without my mitre saw. On top of that, my Mastercraft mitre saw bolts down onto this perfectly and solidly.
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TrevorK wrote: So am I the only one that just puts the mitre saw on the deck, then puts scrap wood underneath what I am cutting to make it "level enough" to cut? I have those little 4" arms that go out each side so small cuts, so it's only one really big lengths it's an issue.
Nope you're not alone. I'm with you, I hate moving my saw. Having to lug the stand and a roller stand (for deck building) makes it worse. I find it easier to do the scrap wood thing.

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