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    wassup with 51 degrees?

    I just received an e-mail from Skil that is promoting a new circular saw that cuts at a 51 degree angle.
    I guess that is nice. But, what is a cut like that used for?
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    they match it up with a 39 degree one that the guy before yu had cut and thought was a 45 to get a squaer corner Frank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    they match it up with a 39 degree one that the guy before yu had cut and thought was a 45 to get a squaer corner Frank.
    Huh? Knowin' ye, Larry, I dunno ifn' thet's pullin' my leg or fer real.
    Somebody rescue me, please.
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    Sometimes you need a cut more than 45*, maybe because the corner is not square. I doubt if you ever need to go to 51* but I suppose they went far enough to make sure you had enough. About the most I've ever used is maybe 47* or 48*.

    You can't really match up two different angles in a corner. So you can't really do one side at 39* and the other at 51*. The length of the two cuts won't match - the length of the angle part of the 51* cut will be longer than the length of the 39* angle and when you put them together they'll look terrible. When doing a miter cut, you have to divide the angle in two to get a good fit. So if your corner was 94*, you really have to make two 47* cuts to get them to fit together properly.

    I'm sure Larry knows that and was just pulling your leg.

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    I imagine it is like the stops on my machines. I generally set them a bit past zero and 45* for example; that way I can be precise as opposed to trusting the not-so-trustworthy stops. The 51* would allow you to easily do more that 45*, whatever it happened to be (up to 51* of course).
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    Well, it depends on whether it is a Skil Pro model, OR whether it's a model sold at the Borgs, ie; If a Pro model it was probably planned to give plenty of leeway to set something more than 45* when needed, Buuuuuuuut.... IF it was a model made for the Borgs, it was probably planned to be 48* like most of the competition, but the machining was a little "sloppy" and ended up being 51* and rather than redo all the parts they just decided to ADVERTISE 51* as a FEATURE.

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    I don't have any clue. I would guess the guys who say better miter accuracy are on target but I sure don't have the skill to cut super accurate miters on a circular saw.
    I'd use my sliding compound saw to do it.
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    Frank i don't know anything about the skil, but my new makita will cut up to a 56 degree. Yes i have used degrees over a 45 many times. Say you are putting up a rim board for your I joist to butt into. With the funkie angles the architects are putting in these big houses it's prutty common.
    Heres a pic of my new saw and as (i hope ) you can see it does go up to the 56 degree. and yes it will cut all the way through a 2x4.
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    they get to charge more for the bigger angle.

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    Allen I only payed 135.00 for my saw. The last one i bought over 10 years ago i think i payed around 120.00 so i think that was more than fair. Not sure if the borgs sell it for the same price as i got mine at williams supply and rental.

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