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Before you start calculating saw prices into your next DIY budget, there’s an important question we need to answer: “Will Lowe’s cut wood for you for free?”
We’ll cut to the chase and tell you that yes, Lowe’s will cut your wood (and more) for free. All you have to do is take the lumber you purchased from Lowe’s to the in-store wood-cutting station and ask for free cuts! Here’s your guide to exactly how this freebie works.
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1. Buy your wood at Lowe’s to get free, in-store cuts.
You can’t bring lumber from home and expect Lowe’s to cut it for free.
Purchase your lumber from Lowe’s in order to score free wood-cutting services before you take it home.
Home Depot will also cut wood for free, but there are some limits to their services. For example, you only get two cuts each on up to 10 pieces of wood.
2. Expect free standard cuts from Lowe’s — nothing fancy.
Free cuts can only be straight, so if you need precision cuts or angled work to be done, rent a saw from Lowe’s and do it yourself.
If a simple, straight cut won’t work for you or you need custom angles, you can rent a miter saw from Lowe’s for about $40 for four hours (the exact same rental price as at Home Depot).
Related: See how all the tool rental prices compare at Lowe’s vs. Home Depot.
3. Ask your Lowe’s about their free-cut limit, since it may be store-specific.
Lowe’s doesn’t have a national policy regarding the number of cuts you can get for free. Compare this to Home Depot, which has a limit of two cuts per piece of wood for up to 10 pieces and charges $0.50 for each cut after that.
But it seems that the maximum limit is subjective at both Lowe’s and Home Depot, depending on your location. I’ve personally never been charged for additional cuts at either Lowe’s or Home Depot.
Bottom line: If you have quite a bit of lumber to cut, ask what their payment policy is before they start the cutting process.
4. Get window blinds, pipes, chains, and more cut for free at Lowe’s.
Basically, if you need a cut done on something you purchased, why not ask if they’ll do it for free while you wait?
5. Rent any saw you need from Lowe’s for under $40 a day.
Since Lowe’s cutting services are limited when it comes to certain shapes, angles, and materials, be sure to check out Lowe’s power tool rentals.
For instance, you can rent a table saw for $35 per four hours at Lowe’s, but the same saw would cost you up to $600 to purchase.