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Forum topic by kocgolf posted 01-20-2016 05:24 AM 640 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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kocgolf

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01-20-2016 05:24 AM

My old miter saw is dead. Need a new one and wasn’t planning that in the shop budget. I don’t want a cheapo, but want value and accuracy. For a similar ballpark range it looks like I could get an (on sale) sliding 10” Compact Craftsman or for a little less, a stationary Ridgid R4112. I like Ridgid, Craftsman worries me a little, but reviews are pretty darn solid from users and magazines alike. I’m not sure I NEED a slider, but if it’s only 30 bucks more, seems worth the consideration. What would you do? I really think 250 would be upper max budget, so the 199 Ridgid feels right.


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eflanders

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#1 posted 01-21-2016 01:30 AM

I’m not a big slider fan. If you do more rough construction, the fixed unit will be more durable. The max. cut width on a 10” slider is similar to a 12” fixed, but the max. cut thickness is greater on a 12” which is useful if you cut a lot of 4” thick posts. Honestly I’m not a fan of Craftsman o4 Rigid power tools but I think the Rigid units have a better guarantee.

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kocgolf

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#2 posted 01-22-2016 03:37 PM

I didn’t think I needed a slider, so I figured I would go with the Ridgid with the lifetime warranty. I like my Ridgid tablesaw, so why not. Took it out, set it up, seems dead on right out of the box. I would have returned it if not. With a Frued 60t it cuts great.

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toolie

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#3 posted 01-22-2016 05:58 PM



I didn t think I needed a slider, so I figured I would go with the Ridgid with the lifetime warranty. I like my Ridgid tablesaw, so why not. Took it out, set it up, seems dead on right out of the box. I would have returned it if not. With a Frued 60t it cuts great.

- kocgolf

new ridgid products do not have a lifetime guaranty. all new ridgid tools carry a 3 year guaranty and the tool may be registered with ridgid’d opt in Lifetime Service Agreement. still, i have many ridgid hand held and stationary power tools and aside form the fact that the batteries don’t last long ( which doesn’t matter since they are replaced for free under the LSA), they have always performed well for me.

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jmartel

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#4 posted 01-22-2016 07:42 PM

Why not just use your table saw for now? Save up some money and determine whether or not you need a miter saw. Everything that a miter saw does can be done on your tablesaw.

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kocgolf

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#5 posted 01-22-2016 09:16 PM

The reason I didn’t just live with the table saw, which I technically could have for now, is because I have a new shop build to do and part of that is a new garage porch, staircase, and then this spring some decking. As long as I know I am going to really want it withing a month or two, I mine as well get it now to make these projects just a little easier.

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#6 posted 01-22-2016 10:33 PM

Take a look at Hitachi , I’ve had or have a Dewalt,Bosch , and Ridgid and have used a Makita and Hitachi I feel the Hitachi has the most bang for the buck. I swore off Carpsman tools a long time ago

http://www.toolbarn.com/hitachi-c12rsh.html?gclid=CjwKEAiAw4e1BRDfi7vghaWU9jESJACzo9juRU5g6Bf-CT3S6ZUn0KxqQDucIHPXAX8PxxW7y5DGAxoCoUbw_wcB&ad=60682793534

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DirtyMike

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#7 posted 01-22-2016 10:46 PM

Glad you mentioned the hitachi jim, that is the miter saw i have been bird dogging for a while, and now that lowes has it on sale i believe i will buy it.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 01-22-2016 10:52 PM

JHey Mike
just checked the price on check out at lowes for the 12” slider only $369 that’s a great price alright.

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#9 posted 01-23-2016 12:39 AM

Mike, if you are a veteran you can get 10% off if you show them your drivers license to prove it. I use this a lot! larry

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