Draper 52947 250mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw – Excellent – Does what it says on the can

Used this power saw to make a large 6sided 4mx4mx4m pergola in the garden used 150x50mm and 100x50mm timbers on 100×100 posts, angels no problem with this saw paid for its self in one jobvery pleased a good buy.

Having just bought a ‘do-er upper’ house, i’ve also bought a number of new tools, including this mitre saw. Having plumped for the draper 52947 over a similarly priced ex-demo rage 3, i’ve got to say that i’m glad i did. Firstly, it arrived promptly, and setting it up was easy enough – in no time at all i was getting used tothe huge (wife’s choice of phrase) noise it makes. It’s versatile and the blade is excellent, making short workof whatever i’ve asked it to cut so far. For the money, i’d say it’s a fantastic buy – and the replacement bladesaren’t going to blow your budget either. If you’re not in the market for a dewalt – i’d recommend this one.

I’m a professional artist and i purchased the draper mitre saw, mainly for use in picture framing after my old one blew up. Picture framing requires absolute accuracy, otherwise the frame has gaps at the corners, which looks very unprofessional. I have now cut a number of frames on two separate occasions and have to say that i am very pleased with the ease of use and accuracy of this machine. It’s certainly a lot better than my last mitre saw and having the sliding feature adds to its versatility. Basically, it’s great value for money and it does what it says on the can.

  • Forget the laser
  • Excellent Value
  • Draper 52947 Mitre Saw

Easy to use (with laser cut line indication). Purchased specifically for cutting mdf skirting boards. It tackled this job with ease.

Great saw but if you want a laser guide on your particular unit look elsewhere. Mine broke within 2 weeks and draper wanted me to send the whole saw back as they didn’t have a spare laser unit on the shelf. I didn’t bother i just removed the laser unit and binned it. Very poor back up from draper really considering the bits that broke weighed the equivelent of a boiled egg. Whereas the saw weighs about 600 ton. What a pain it would be to return the whole thing for a glorified torch.

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  1. I bought this saw in february 2013 and only used it occasionally until early in 2017 the guard came loose. I couldn’t figure out how to fix it so gave it to a skilled engineer to sort it for me. He has had an extraordinarily unhelpful experience with draper. They couldn’t give him drawings and in over seven months none of the people he spoke to (telephone) could help him. Recently he has been connected to a draper engineer who seems to understand the problem and has suggested parts that are necessary. Now, it seems, the company no longer holds stock of parts for this model. So, not only has the saw collapsed under very little use and i haven’t had it available for over half of this year, now it seems i may never be able to use it again. This has to be totally unacceptable, i have had the saw for only four years, and i should welcome any suggestions towards a satisfactory solution.
  2. This review is from : Draper 52947 250mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

    I bought this saw in february 2013 and only used it occasionally until early in 2017 the guard came loose. I couldn’t figure out how to fix it so gave it to a skilled engineer to sort it for me. He has had an extraordinarily unhelpful experience with draper. They couldn’t give him drawings and in over seven months none of the people he spoke to (telephone) could help him. Recently he has been connected to a draper engineer who seems to understand the problem and has suggested parts that are necessary. Now, it seems, the company no longer holds stock of parts for this model. So, not only has the saw collapsed under very little use and i haven’t had it available for over half of this year, now it seems i may never be able to use it again. This has to be totally unacceptable, i have had the saw for only four years, and i should welcome any suggestions towards a satisfactory solution.
    1. Machine seems well built and felt comfortable with it until i tried to switch it on. The first three pieces of wood i cut – no problem (straight and true with laser). Then every time i pressed the on switch the house fuse tripped. I tried a number of sockets in the house and workshop but the fuses blew each time.
  3. This review is from : Draper 52947 250mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

    Machine seems well built and felt comfortable with it until i tried to switch it on. The first three pieces of wood i cut – no problem (straight and true with laser). Then every time i pressed the on switch the house fuse tripped. I tried a number of sockets in the house and workshop but the fuses blew each time.
  4. This review is from : Draper 52947 250mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

    Refurbishing my amatuar workshop, felt i needed a new saw and after checking quite a few reviews i decided upon the draper. It was a mistake – the machine is not particularly well built and shouldn’t be in the £150 bracket. The first thing i noticed was that the teeth per inch of the saw blade is far to small for any sort of fine work (how you can make delicate picture frames i have no idea). Secondly i noticed that most of the securing screws were made of plastic, although the body is nice and chunky, and that is a bad idea for any piece of kit that is going to be used on a regular basis. Thirdly, after ignoring a previous reviewers complaint that the laser failed after two weeks and draper were snotty about replacing it, the laser on my machine also failed. I haven’t done anything about it because it was a load of rubbish anyway. It runs off batteries and because of that it doesn’t turn off, even when the machine is unplugged, unless you remember to do it manually. The laser case is also plastic and it took me an hour to get the cover off so i could install the batteries and because it was so flimsy i was worried i would break it. To sum up, i would say it would be acceptable at half the price because then you would know you were getting second class stuff. Although i already have a number of draper tools, they will never see another penny of my hard earned cash.
  5. This review is from : Draper 52947 250mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

    Refurbishing my amatuar workshop, felt i needed a new saw and after checking quite a few reviews i decided upon the draper. It was a mistake – the machine is not particularly well built and shouldn’t be in the £150 bracket. The first thing i noticed was that the teeth per inch of the saw blade is far to small for any sort of fine work (how you can make delicate picture frames i have no idea). Secondly i noticed that most of the securing screws were made of plastic, although the body is nice and chunky, and that is a bad idea for any piece of kit that is going to be used on a regular basis. Thirdly, after ignoring a previous reviewers complaint that the laser failed after two weeks and draper were snotty about replacing it, the laser on my machine also failed. I haven’t done anything about it because it was a load of rubbish anyway. It runs off batteries and because of that it doesn’t turn off, even when the machine is unplugged, unless you remember to do it manually. The laser case is also plastic and it took me an hour to get the cover off so i could install the batteries and because it was so flimsy i was worried i would break it. To sum up, i would say it would be acceptable at half the price because then you would know you were getting second class stuff. Although i already have a number of draper tools, they will never see another penny of my hard earned cash.
    1. Having just bought a “do-er upper” house, i’ve also bought a number of new tools, including this mitre saw. Having plumped for the draper 52947 over a similarly priced ex-demo rage 3, i’ve got to say that i’m glad i did. Firstly, it arrived promptly, and setting it up was easy enough – in no time at all i was getting used tothe huge (wife’s choice of phrase) noise it makes. It’s versatile and the blade is excellent, making short workof whatever i’ve asked it to cut so far. For the money, i’d say it’s a fantastic buy – and the replacement bladesaren’t going to blow your budget either. If you’re not in the market for a dewalt – i’d recommend this one.
  6. This review is from : Draper 52947 250mm Sliding Compound Mitre Saw

    Having just bought a “do-er upper” house, i’ve also bought a number of new tools, including this mitre saw. Having plumped for the draper 52947 over a similarly priced ex-demo rage 3, i’ve got to say that i’m glad i did. Firstly, it arrived promptly, and setting it up was easy enough – in no time at all i was getting used tothe huge (wife’s choice of phrase) noise it makes. It’s versatile and the blade is excellent, making short workof whatever i’ve asked it to cut so far. For the money, i’d say it’s a fantastic buy – and the replacement bladesaren’t going to blow your budget either. If you’re not in the market for a dewalt – i’d recommend this one.

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