Saw blades are extremely pricey, the fewer saw blades you buy, the happier your wallet will be. If you plan on buying a miter saw, table saw, a radial arm saw, or some assemblage of these, pick a blade size and stick with it. While there are a variety of sizes available, the most popular and common blade sizes are 12″ and 10″. If you stick with the same blade size for all of your saws, you will be able to buy one blade and use it with several saws. In the long run, this will save you hundreds of dollars.
Corded or cordless?
Cordless tool batteries have made remarkable advances over the last several years. Tools that you would think could never be cordless, such as circular saws and miter saws, now offer cordless options. If you are thinking about purchasing a cordless saw and you have, or may have, other cordless tools, consider staying with a single battery/manufacturer system so that you can share batteries amongst all of your tools. Additional batteries are very expensive — it is usually cheaper to get a brand new tool than to purchase replacement batteries. If you buy several tools from the same maker all with the same battery systems, you’ll have extra batteries available to finish your task, this can significantly increase the work you can complete.
Before settling on a cordless saw, don’t forget that even though cordless technology is very advanced today, battery life may restrict the amount of work you can complete in a single work period. If you’re a hobbyist or you don’t use your saw for extended periods of time, a cordless saw may be a good solution for you. But if you are a contractor the type who will be cutting wood all day long, you may want to skip cordless technology for tools that draw large amounts of power.
Cordless saws are also more expensive to purchase and maintain. Your cordless saw may last for 10 or 20 years; but the batteries will need to be exchanged several times during that time. In addition to the steeper initial…