Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 99
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mrsdiy76 Great for small jobs/short term use
We bought this prior to investing in a mitre saw to use for small molding jobs around the house. It served it's purpose well, however it's precision gradually declined with use. Where very precise cuts are needed, use the pins included to hold the material in place and go slow! The plastic box does give, and it doesn't take much force to throw the angle off or to cut the plastic itself with the saw.
March 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HappyHomeOwner Great for small baseboard project!
I did not want to make a hasty decision on a power miter saw for a small baseboard project in the kitchen. So, I chose the Stanley Miter Box with a saw and 2 pegs for two reasons: (1) I had to learn how to cut angles, and (2) I was only going to cut about 20 ft. of baseboard for this project. I recommend others learn the basics too before jumping into "pro" projects. Glad that I did buy a wee extra bit of board so I could learn what to expect when I cut 45 degree angles for inside and outside corners. I took pictures for my own sake, but decided to share with all of you. As a 64 y.o. woman with arthritis I saw slowly, however, the end result was a smooth cut that fit well enough. I learned that even a good fit does not mean your wall is straight (caulking will resolve that small problem). LOL
June 17, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by FylH for lazy straight cuts on soft small stuff without pulling out big guns... PORTABLE COMPACT or BACKUP would be a better name
it's a lightweight piece of junk...wherein lies its main advantage.
yes, advantage. it's mostly too light and too narrow to mistakenly use on the wrong item and wreck. does small cuts fast and fairly nice for lazier users (saw cuts shallow but both ways and is way light, so you wont work up a sweat), while saving wear and tear on the XL vintage piece you really should track down on the used market if youre determined to get much of anything done without a 15" compound sliding miter power saw.
NOTE: 15" and compound sliding are such expensive terms in the power saw world for the very same reason - forget length, you can't even cut much width without a big blade and a slide. which suddenly means a whole lot if you try to make anything furniture sized...at least when you realize that precut boards are uneven things and all that cutting down at the store or mill that nice employee did was ROUGH cut mainly for transportability, not meant for use as is. (they warn you about tolerances in giant letters, don't blame him its policy to do so, not any failure on his part...also, next time, leave excess inch or two on store cutting directions, and know the true and fine finish cut is gonna be on you solely)
for quick cuts on metal, a small hacksaw (thru one side not both) can be used in this box. and if you wreck it, oh well, no big loss. and in my case it's the hacksaw that failed first.
if youre deluding yourself that you'll use the plastic box to build a bigger wood versioncand use that, though, think again. its design pretty much limits you from using it to get the 45° cut on anything long and wide, the 45 vertical cut is unclampable except on tiny pieces without outside clamps, and using the box to cut guides will result in a SHORTER box that can't utilize the saw stop unless cutting the new wood frame clamped to the OUTSIDE of the box. and cant go taller cause of the saw stop making that near useless, nor much longer because the saw is SHORT. and flimsy.
please realize on buying this that if you at all like it and use it, the limitations will be glaringly obvious for all but trim/framing/maybe pvc...you'll start hating it until you give up and find a big vintage system (can be had in working condition for roughly the same price used as this costs, btw, so comparison isn't too unfair - it's the main other choice for DIY without any budget to speak of). Once you give in and procure an oldie that can actually cut something sizeable, you can relegate this thing to sidearm duty.
which is where it shines, because this saw weighs POUNDS less than the real article. the saw alone, not the even counting the box. you can even go pretty fast on soft stuff if you flail it back and forth like a madman (not a backsaw cuts both ways, or at least mine does), once you realize a stroke is just fundamentally weak and you need a gazillion of em fast, not few and strong
plus it packs together safely (dont lose the pin for attaching saw to base!) so its portable for bringing it along to cut materials down to fit your car
walk out of HD just as it closes with some pvc, just to realize you're in a CAR, and the pipe is in 10 foot lengths, and you'll have to go make puppy dog eyes at the staff as they go home till someone takes pity and cuts your pipes in half??? NEVER AGAIN. hehe.
AS I SAID, THIS IS A PIECE OF LIGHTWEIGHT JUNK. AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT KINDA USEFUL. think of it as the extra promotional ballpoint pen of saws, and it'll come in quite useful.
just dont expect it to make gorgeous cuts thick slabs of hardwoods, be able to cut all the available angles on all stuff that fits thru the box in one direction (actually, the absolute max for full capabilities to be available in any combo is a mere 3"x3"x3" cube or thereabouts), and if needed hack thru stuff like metal pipe or thick aluminum rail reinforced with hardened steel, which is something the real thing CAN pull off in a pinch (probably way bad for it, but oh well, ghetto engineering calls available tools gotta step up). or plan to cut anything wide enough to use as shelving. or to use it for much of anything else in woodworking that isn't bracing or framing or trim
cool intro to straight lines and jointable cuts for noobs though. and a useful backup.
May 11, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Scubadiving Worth the money spent
I am retiring from the military and wanted to build my own shadowbox because I knew how I wanted it. Since most of my tools were packed for the move, I decided to buy the miter box and saw. Was perfect for the job that I needed to do.
June 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Robert A good miter box for the price.
You get what you pay for and for the price, this miter box does an excellent job for small jobs. What makes this box superior over the Buck Brothers is the built in honey comb clamps. This feature holds the wood very well and helps in getting clean accurate cuts. I recommend that you use both clamps. Don't think you can get away with using only one and holding the other end. You have two clamps, so use them. It helps a lot.
I would have given this box five stars but the saw is too short. It is 12 inches. The Buck Brothers is 14 inches. You could use the two extra inches. But the Buck Brothers does not have the built in clamps and this is why the Stanley is superior.
July 10, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by AHK Works just fine for me and got my weekend project done.
We all know why we purchase this item. It's a small job, need only a few cuts, don't need to spend good money on quality machine, etc. At least those are my reasons. I was making a radiator heater and putting trims inside the opening and around the top cover. It got the job done and it's pretty easy to use. It comes with two plastic poles where you insert into one of the many holes close (but not too close) to the wood you are cutting, turn the pole and it will secure the wood for the cut. the saw is fine too, not the best quality saw I suppose but works. start low and gentle on the cut first to make a groove to help cut faster. keep the saw level or you will cut into the yellow plastic base. have a sand paper available to clean up and smooth the cut edges.
I will recommend.
July 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RVASys Inexpensive Tool for a Precise Cut
This Miter Box was a perfect tool for the precise cut I needed for the Shower/Tub Frameless Sliding Door I installed. It held the Upper Channel while I cut it to an exact 1/32nd margin of error with a power saw.(Not Recommended - power saw - that is!) The box comes with pegs to hold the material from moving in any direction.
I didn't use the saw as it was for wood. The piece I cut was an aluminum alloy. I used a Saws-All blade for metal.
March 12, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by lacada Okay product, not that accurate, not tall enough
I have a power miter saw, but I was cutting baseboard trim late at night in a condo with neighbors on both sides, so I bought this miter box so I could make a few cuts noiselessly. Well a lot less noise and dust than the power saw!! Straight cuts are fine, the 45 degree cuts are not as accurate as the power miter saw, but caulk will cover it. The box is not tall enough for my baseboard, which is only 3.5 inches tall, so check that whatever you are cutting is under 3.5 inches, otherwise you cannot use the 22.5 degree cuts, and there is a 45 degree cut with the workpiece lying on its back, but only in one direction. Also with just a few cuts the saw is cutting into the plastic box, so I expect that the accuracy will go down quickly. The cam pins are a really nice touch. All in all not that good, but it's inexpensive and if you only need a few accurate-enough cuts and you don't feel like dealing with the dust and noise of your chopsaw, this could work.
March 17, 2015