Makita or Dewalt 12" sliding compound miter saw?

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 06-24-2015 11:42 AM 1350 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-24-2015 11:42 AM

I have alot of money in gift cards to Grizzly left over from Christmas that I need to use. I am not a big fan of grizzly equipment so I am thinking about getting a 12” sliding compound miter saw. They have 2 available that I am interested in.

What are your experiences with each saw? I know that Dewalt is the more popular and widely used brand but I have heard good things about Makita.

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#1 posted 06-24-2015 12:06 PM

When I used to fix these things professionally I had to repair more DeWalts than any other make. I know they have a pretty healthy market share, but the number of failures I saw was disproportionately high. The Makita has been regarded by some as being a bit more fragile for jobsite duty as it’s more likely to be handled by someone who isn’t responsible for it. The DeWalt seems to handle abuse better. The DeWalt also has a gear reduction drive and a belt drive. Makita decided that two failure points was one too many and has only a gear drive resulting in a more efficient drive system with fewer parts. If it were my money, Makita hands down.

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#2 posted 06-24-2015 12:17 PM

bigblockyeti thank you for the speedy response.

This saw will stay in my shop and once secured to the bench will very rarely be moved.

Also noticed the Makita has 1.5” more of saw capacity

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#3 posted 06-24-2015 12:26 PM

The extra capacity and never traveling to a jobsite would be the major factors for me.

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#4 posted 06-24-2015 12:48 PM

I have had the DeWalt 780 saw for several years and have found it to be accurate and easy to use. I did try the DeWalt laser and found that it was inaccurate with different thicknesses of wood. Twice I have had to replace or glue the pointer for the miter angle. Even with these problems I would purchase the saw again.

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#5 posted 06-24-2015 08:46 PM

I don’t know much about the Makita. I do know most of the contractors around here use DeWalts. Maybe the best feature on the DeWalt is the XPS light. It casts a shadow of the blade on the workpiece. Always accurate, (no more aligning the laser) and it works in much brighter lighting situations, too.

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