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This Christmas, my wife bought me a PreformaX 10” sliding miter saw from Menards 164.99$. I was surprised to find out that they are part of the same company that makes Jet and Wilton tools. The box was huge, and everything was well packed. Set-up and adjustments were very easy. The manual was not the greatest though. The laser was “factory set” not sure in what factory that was perhaps by Mister Magoo without his glasses on. It was off by at least a 3/8 of an inch. Adjusting was simple and the saw is dead on now. The saw slides back and forth with no effort at all, yet is very tight with no slop. Miters are right on the mark and no adjustment was necessary. The dust bag I guess would be fine for the job site, not really practical in a home workshop. It does come with an adapter to connect to a dust collector. The hold down clamp works well, as does the stop for repeat cuts. Considering the price and a 2 year warrantee and features and an actually pretty good blade. For a miter saw it is reasonably quiet. I am overall very happy with the saw.

-- Ray




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#1 posted 1330 days ago

How much of the dust does it capture?

-- Bert

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#2 posted 1330 days ago

WOW. Looking at that saw, it looks an AWFUL lot like the HF 10”...

I bet if you and Bert set your saws side by side, you might find the difference is mainly the blade… I know on my 12” the OEM blade is ultra junk… But since I swapped in a Diablo 80T I am happy as can be with it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 1330 days ago

This is why I wonder if I could use the adapter for the dust collection.
There is big difference, I paid $79.00 for mine ( on sale +20% off coupon)

-- Bert

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#4 posted 1330 days ago

I wonder why I cannot find this saw on Menards website.
I am looking for the part number for the dust collection adapter.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 1330 days ago

I can never find anything on Menards’s web site. And yes they look identical. There appear to be some subtle differences. I downloaded the manual and will compair. I will report my finds tomorrow. I will get you the part number on the adapter. It actually captures most if not all the dust.

-- Ray

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#6 posted 1330 days ago

Thank you Ray

-- Bert

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#7 posted 1330 days ago

Ray, replace the blade insert with an home made zero clearance insert, you cuts will be much cleaner and also you could build a better fence.

http://lumberjocks.com/b2rtch/workshop

-- Bert

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#8 posted 1330 days ago

The biggest difference that springs to the eye right away is the scale indicators. The one from Menards looks like a sticker with some pretty good contrast, the one on the HF is cast into the housing. The HF method seems more durable, but it can be a pain to read… And I can almost guarantee that the Menards saw comes with a better blade. They would REALLY have to work at it to produce a worse blade…

Please post any info you might have on that DC adapter… I might try one to see if it will fit on my 12”... Right now I am hauling out to the driveway and letting my neighbors enjoy my sawdust… Not my best plan ever…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 1330 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/1514

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#10 posted 1330 days ago

I made the mistake of buying a Chicago Electric sliding miter saw and it was junk. Very sloppy side to side. Hard to set acurate angles. Just one persons expirience. I would maybe use it to cut 2 X 4s. Maybe!

Nice saw Ray! I’ll have to introduce my wife to yours. :)

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#11 posted 1330 days ago

I would assume that his wife got new stock from Menards, and not a 4 year old saw… The recall is on the older saws…

FWIW, I agree to a certain extent with woodsmith1, the older model, yellow motor housing equipped Chicago Electric sliders had a LOT of slop. I looked at them prior to me buying my 12”... My fusses with them now is a lousy blade, and some cosmetic shortcuts… And to a certain extent I am still iffy on these. But so far mine has been dead on accurate, and with a Freud blade cuts smooth as can be. I have heard of a lemon or 2 out there. Same can be said for the Jet, and even the Bosch sliders (although I bet the Jet and Bosch slider lemons are much rarer!).

Looking at the features of this Preformax, it seems to have some upgraded features the HF lacks. Specifically I am noticing the sliding fence, which is a very nice touch, as well as the stop block. Combined with the adapter for improved dust collection, and this saw has some very nice additions for sure…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#12 posted 1330 days ago

you know what this saw really looks like, it looks like the one I bought from Norterntool and that I replaced with my first HF

-- Bert

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#13 posted 1330 days ago

With out the dust collector or the bag it is like a volcano. Yes this is not the one that was recalled. I did some reasearch on that ant is was back in 2007 if I remember correctly. I am going to replace the insert as soon as I have time. It’s interesting but this just goes to show that there really are very few tool manufactures, just a few with several lines. The look of my miter saw is unmistakeable almost identical to the HF and Performax is a division of Jet which asks the question where are these and other tools really manufactured?

-- Ray

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#14 posted 1330 days ago

Other than the color and the splay of the feet, it’s a twin to my new Triton, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 1330 days ago

This is guess, but I guess that at least 80% of cordlesss toools inthe world are made by one company based in Hong Kong named “one world technology which is part of TTI;
http://www.ttigroup.com/en/our_company

These dasy it is almost imnpossbile to know who makes what. FO rexample in the cadr industry the same paltfrom( chassis ) can be used by many differnt brands.
Didd you know that Subaru made cars for Saab?

-- Bert

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