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11-21-2015 01:20 AM

Never heard of this brand before. It’s sold by Northern Tools. I’m looking at their Ironton 10in. Multi-Sliding Compound Miter Saw. Can anyone supply feedback on the quality of their equipment?

I’m going to replace a 12” Ridgid with either the Ironton or a 10” Bosch. Both can be placed up against a wall or require very little space behind the saw. The Ironton is half the price of the Bosch, so I’m concerned about the quality. Less expensive but with issues is really no bargain.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)


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#1 posted 11-23-2015 11:09 AM

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=is_s_tools?ie=UTF8&k=Ironton
Seem to make quite a few things…

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 12:42 PM

Ironton is a rather new name for Northern Tool. They brought it out early in 2015. It covers a load of different tools, including things like trailers, stools and other kind of non-tool items. So there is not going to be a load of history with the tools. They incorporated the “Ironton” name in February, 2015. I think they might have gotten the name from Ironton, Ohio, that was famous for pig iron? I’m sure they are trying to project a name of strength and durability from a marketing standpoint.

That quasi-vertical slider tube design intrigued me, I thought I had seen it somewhere else. The only one I can find that is even a bit similar is a 10” Craftsman that has the same angle on the sliding tubes, but the rest of the saw is all different.
In any case, someone is building them for Northern Tool. My guess would be some unnamed Chinese tool factory that pounds out compound slider saws with a lot of different designs for multiple companies. Doesn’t make it bad, maybe even unique to Northern Tool.
With little history, you would be buying what is still essentially a first year saw design from Northern Tool. I’d buy the extended warranty, if it is reasonable.

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 01:27 PM

The slider mech looks similar to one of the Hitachi models.
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#4 posted 11-23-2015 01:29 PM

A lot of the stuff looks like Harbor Freight tools in different colors.

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 01:33 PM

I was getting ready to post the same thing about harbor frieght. The saw does look good, but so does a lot of thing harbor frieght sells. I’d have to look the saw over really good before I bought one. Even though you look at it closely you really don’t know how it performs until you use it.
Gerald

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#6 posted 03-28-2016 07:56 AM

The Ironton appears to be a one-of-a-kind sliding miter saw. I like the design very much: It is compact fore and aft, has plenty of amperage for the motor, and a neat two-position workpiece hold-down clamp that I would like for my Bosch GCM12SD saw. It is surprising that no independent reviews have appeared other than those published on the Northern Tool & Equipment website. Marvin

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#7 posted 03-28-2016 04:31 PM



Never heard of this brand before. It s sold by Northern Tools. I m looking at their Ironton 10in. Multi-Sliding Compound Miter Saw. Can anyone supply feedback on the quality of their equipment?

I m going to replace a 12” Ridgid with either the Ironton or a 10” Bosch. Both can be placed up against a wall or require very little space behind the saw. The Ironton is half the price of the Bosch, so I m concerned about the quality. Less expensive but with issues is really no bargain.

- builtinbkyn

The Bosch is amazing with the axial glide system. I have the 12” and love it. If you can, get a refurb model. A Bosch rep told me that most were just display models that had never been used, but went through the factory refurb procedure anyway. They still have the same factory warranty. The 12” lists for $649. I got mine for $529. It was dead on accurate out of the box. You’ll never have to mess with rails. Very solid! The bearings are sealed also, so no maintenance. You can find factory refurbished on line. You’ll be very happy! They sell pretty fast so keep checking if you’re interested.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#8 posted 03-28-2016 04:46 PM

Hi Marvin and Chuck. I actually purchased a 10” Bosch months ago after not finding much info on the Ironton. I’m somewhat underwhelmed with the Bosch. There seems to be some slop when the arm is extended. I’m wondering if you can check yours to see if it has the same issue?

I hadn’t noticed this initially, but finding that some cuts off a bit, and after repeatedly performing fence alignments and truing up the blade for plumb, I looked for something else. I then discovered when extending the arm, it can move laterally. It’s not a lot of movement, but enough to move off a line.

I’m not very happy about it, but at the moment, I don’t have the time to deal with Bosch on the issue. I guess I should run a search to see if others are encountering this as well and/or if this is defect that has been addressed by Bosch and can be corrected.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#9 posted 03-28-2016 04:58 PM

Ironton is several steps above anything harbor freight sells, but then so is whale dung.

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#10 posted 03-28-2016 05:11 PM



Hi Marvin and Chuck. I actually purchased a 10” Bosch months ago after not finding much info on the Ironton. I m somewhat underwhelmed with the Bosch. There seems to be some slop when the arm is extended. I m wondering if you can check yours to see if it has the same issue?

I hadn’t noticed this initially, but finding that some cuts off a bit, and after repeatedly performing fence alignments and truing up the blade for plumb, I looked for something else. I then discovered when extending the arm, it can move laterally. It s not a lot of movement, but enough to move off a line.

I m not very happy about it, but at the moment, I don t have the time to deal with Bosch on the issue. I guess I should run a search to see if others are encountering this as well and/or if this is defect that has been addressed by Bosch and can be corrected.

- builtinbkyn


Hi builtinbkyn. I have the 12” bosch GCM12SD and it has been slop free for the work I do. I try to pull straight in line with the direction of cut that I am making. I’ve not seen any way to adjust the play and the parts manual seems to show that the joint bearings are just bushings. I see no evidence that they are either sealed or adjustable.

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#11 posted 03-28-2016 08:49 PM


Hi Marvin and Chuck. I actually purchased a 10” Bosch months ago after not finding much info on the Ironton. I m somewhat underwhelmed with the Bosch. There seems to be some slop when the arm is extended. I m wondering if you can check yours to see if it has the same issue?

I hadn t noticed this initially, but finding that some cuts off a bit, and after repeatedly performing fence alignments and truing up the blade for plumb, I looked for something else. I then discovered when extending the arm, it can move laterally. It s not a lot of movement, but enough to move off a line.

I m not very happy about it, but at the moment, I don t have the time to deal with Bosch on the issue. I guess I should run a search to see if others are encountering this as well and/or if this is defect that has been addressed by Bosch and can be corrected.

- builtinbkyn

Oh man, thats too bad. Something must not be tightened down. I just checked mine and it doesn’t do that. Yours is still under warranty. Don’t let it go too long or you’ll just be more upset down the road. Nothing worse than saying “I should have just taken care of it then under warranty.” I’ve been that guy before. lol Could just be a bad bushing too.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#12 posted 06-20-2016 01:29 PM


Hi Marvin and Chuck. I actually purchased a 10” Bosch months ago after not finding much info on the Ironton. I m somewhat underwhelmed with the Bosch. There seems to be some slop when the arm is extended. I m wondering if you can check yours to see if it has the same issue?

I hadn t noticed this initially, but finding that some cuts off a bit, and after repeatedly performing fence alignments and truing up the blade for plumb, I looked for something else. I then discovered when extending the arm, it can move laterally. It s not a lot of movement, but enough to move off a line.

I m not very happy about it, but at the moment, I don t have the time to deal with Bosch on the issue. I guess I should run a search to see if others are encountering this as well and/or if this is defect that has been addressed by Bosch and can be corrected.

- builtinbkyn

If I were buying today, I would choose the Ironton over the Bosch. The Ironton costs much less, is just as powerful, and appears even more compact on the front to back overall dimension. However, Bosch has by far the better parts support system. The Bosch glide saw works very adequately for me, but it is lower quality overall than the early Makita sliding miter saw that I had for many years.

Oh man, thats too bad. Something must not be tightened down. I just checked mine and it doesn t do that. Yours is still under warranty. Don t let it go too long or you ll just be more upset down the road. Nothing worse than saying “I should have just taken care of it then under warranty.” I ve been that guy before. lol Could just be a bad bushing too.

- Woodchuck2010


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