Since we moved in and began DIYing I'd guess we've hired a mitre saw from the local tool centre about 6 or 7 times. At £20 a go that's more than £100 spent on hiring. With lots more jobs coming up that require skirting and architrave, I'm going to need a mitre saw about the same number of times again, if not more.
It was getting to the point where it was obvious I'd be better off buying one, so I have.
I went for a Dewalt. Don't ask me why exactly. Sometimes I get all brand-loyal for no real reason. Apart from understanding they are meant to be really good all I have to go on is that I really love bright yellow tools. Anyway, I looked almost exclusively for a Dewalt. First stop was the trusty Screwfix catalogue, where I found the DW707 at a reasonable £269. I then looked on eBay and found a shop in London selling them for £229 with a free stand thrown in. The eBay shop is called WHOLESALE POWER TOOLS. It arrived yesterday and I'm impressed. It doesn't feel like it's as expensive as the one I used to hire (another dewalt), but it won't be getting as much use and should last me just fine.
You've got to love eBay. If you want to get anything cheap it's the place to go. It's funny with places that sell things cheap though, they all seem to quote the same RRP. In the case of the DW707 lots of places say it should cost over £700, yet they all offer it for well under £300. However, this model on Amazon does cost £499. That's more that twice as much. Incredible.
I nearly bought a DW707 second hand on eBay but even that went for £180. So, I could always sell this one when I'm done and then I'd definitely be better off than if I'd hired each time I needed to cut at an angle.