Has any one had any experience with miter box from garret wade or similar styles on the market. They advertise as German made. Is currently on sale. Would like to add a miter box to collection but not particularly looking to restore an old one from ebay. This is the link for tool. http://www.garrettwade.com/professional-german-made-mitre-box/p/61B01.01/ Thanks Mike
I tried out one version of this style of miter box, probably not the one being sold by GW, several years ago and found that, because it wasn't well made, the saw didn't have the accuracy needed for precision work. The basic design is a good one and properly made it should be accurate.
If memory serves on this subject, the original European designer and manufacturer of this style of miter box went out of business, it was possibly made by INCA, and that there have since been a number of knock offs made in both Europe and Asia, some better than others. The originals apparently were very accurate and well made.
Without seeing and trying the one being sold by GW there is no way of telling if it is a well made or not. I would order it and try it out, if it doesn't work well return it.
Thanks for input. That
Thanks for input. That was direction i was headed in. Will buy under assumption GW sells products of decent or better quality. Can always return if not. I have bought from them before with good results. I guess the Cadillac of these saws would be an Ulmia. You mentioned INCA, which may have been the case, however PECK carries ULMIA, but at three times the price of GW. Do you think it's worth the price? Here's link to Ulmia http://www.ulmia.de/English/Ulmia-Gehrungssaegen_1.htm#Gehrungssäge%20Model%20348 I guess you get what you pay for. But one would think $90 (on sale)would buy a quality tool. Thanks again.
Without seeing the ULMIA saw I simply don't know if it a better saw. The fact that spare parts are available for the Ulmia is usually a sign of high quality and a tool that is meant to be heavily used but last forever. It would be nice to compare the two different saws. I'll suggest it as an article to FWW.
Thanks for your responses and to others as well. I'll pass on the high end ULMIA. I went with the GW miter box. Figuring it should suit my needs. Will let you know if she cuts true or not.
You mAy not know it, but I got a miter box collection, and a whole whack o back saws to go along with em.
The only economic justification I can find for this collection is in moulding application in finished surroundings, where the time spent hand mitering and coping mouldings and the resultant mimimal sawwdust generation and clean up would be 1/10th of that generated by 'lectric tools. just roll up the tarp and yer outta there.
sometimes in the shop I use the little metal mitre box used by the flooring guys and a hacksaw to cut applied edgings.
That's my two bits on manual mitre boxes,
Eric in Calgary
Eric, considering your Calgary connection, shouldn't that be a "herd" of miter boxes, rather than a "collection"? ;-)
I do not use it that often but my Nobex (Sweden?) works Ok for when I need it. Not sure I like the wire clamp or stop, but otherwise it cuts true!
I have a similar tool (unbranded) which I bought (unused) at a flea market. It works great but the clamps are too flimsy to be useful. However working with the wood unclamped or using F clamps I can get dead-accurate cuts.
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