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Best saw for plywood and hardboard panels?

I regularly need to cut 1/8 to 1/4 inch plywood and hardboard (Masonite) for fine art panels and would like a saw I can devote to that. I often by sheet goods in 2 x 4 foot sections. Today I tried to use my scroll saw (locked so the blade wouldn't swivel) and even with a good-quality guide rail clamped down, the blade, with a mind of its own, veered off the line and away from the guide rail, even with the base of the saw firmly against the rail. I suspect that the tiny bit of play in the locked scrolling mechanism may be the culprit. I have a VERY heavy circular saw that seems like overkill. I use it for decks and such. Is there something out there I use for these thin panels that will enable accurate, straight-line cuts without using a table saw?

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That Craftsman Mini Circular Saw looks like just the right item. I'll check it out. Thanks.
by Manage My Life
August 6th, 2010
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Sam A
Thank you for your question.

I would suggest that you get a 4-1/2 or 5-1/2 inch circular saw much like the one you have only much smaller and lighter. You can choose from a corded or cordless. There are quite a few different brands on the on the market. They go from less than $100.00 to over $250 depending on the brand.

If you think you would want a cordless, Sears has a model that you can look at. The one in the link below is a re-conditioned, and if you think this would work it would be a reasonable price to see it this is the way you would like to go.



sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00911578000P?vName=Gifts&cName=GiftFinder&sName=The%20Do-It%20Yourselfer&sid=IDx20100622x00003d&srccode=cii_16079562&cpncode=17-59569541-2

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If you are interested in a corded model you could take a look at this model.

sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00910872000P?vName=Tools&cName=Portable+Power+Tools&sName=Circular+Saws&prdNo=4&UnitNumber=&storeOpenDayInd=today&blockNo=4&blockType=L4

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by Sam A Earned 707 community points in Tools
August 2nd, 2010
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This material would certainly offer challenges. I found some information on a web site that may be helpful. The relevant section is under , "What should I use to cut and mill MDF". This may help while you wait on the expert answer.
by Manage My Life
July 31st, 2010
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