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Hi, im looking for a saw that will cut pine panel boards that are 400mm wide. I know a radial arm saw will do the trick but ill be working from my garage so I'm looking for something less bulky. I just wondered if there were any sliding mitre saws that would do this ?

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Hi Tom

Unfortunately there is not a mitre saw on the market that can cross cut that width.... I have used a Makita mitre saw that could cut 350mm. The only alternative that I can think of is a circular saw with a guide... Festool, dewalt, Bosch all have plunge saw that work with a guide system. The Festool and bosch saw have mitre degrees aid  which could be used to do square cuts.... Basically, I could see my self wanting the radial arm saw if I got repeative cuts on a regular basis... If it just a few odd one then may be plunge saw could work. For more information visit www.axminster.co.uk and put plunge saw in their search box.

Hope this helps.

Stuart

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Stuart Mawle

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Now been a carpenter & joiner for the past twenty years in the UK. I can give avice / help on carpentry & joinery, health & safety, woodworking machinery, power tools and suppliers.

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I have served an indentured carpentry apprenticeship with a medium sized building contractor doing a wide range of domestic and commercial work. This has included office buildings, barn conversions, building extensions and renovations. During my career, I spent over three years as a wood trades technician at a college. My job involved joinery work, wood maching and helping CITB carpentry & joinery students` pratical projects. Spent three years as a accredited NVQ assessor covering site carpentry and bench joinery. Now I teach my skills to others.

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I have city and guild qualifications in site carpentry and purpose made joinery. An indentured apprenticeship Hold the equivalent of a master craftsman status.

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