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Forum topic by vskgaming posted 02-11-2016 03:08 PM 809 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2016 03:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw scms 10 saw question

I am thinking of buying a miter saw and my options are:

1. Hitachi C10FCH2 with laser from Bigskytools at $99 (plus $12 shipping) reconditioned (grade A). Brand new at Lowes is $169

2. Craftsman 10” SCMS #21237 for $169 and i get about $10 back in points

My main intention of buying the miter saw is for installing mouling for one room in the house, a lot of picture frames and then for other house projects.

Already have a Craftsman 113 with original fence and a incra miter HD 1000. Also have a 45 degree miter sled built for frames.

I am looking for accuracy when buying this saw and thats where craftsman is loosing points as i have read that the slide can loose accuracy overtime. Also i would like to stay in this price range only.
Space is not an issue for the SCMS, but i am just not sure which one to buy.

Your opinions are very much appreciated.

Thank you in advance.


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#1 posted 02-11-2016 03:12 PM

I’ve had good experiences with Hitachi tools.

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#2 posted 02-11-2016 04:47 PM

Since the primary motivation for making this purchase is to do trim work, one of the things that you should consider is the size of your molding. For example, I have a Delta 10” non-sliding miter saw. When cutting 45° miters in window casings that are 4-1/2” wide, it does cut completely through them. I need to finish the cut with a hand saw. I took a quick look at the user manual for the Hitachi. It states a 4” maximum width when cutting at a 45° angle. Depending on your trim work, this may or may not be enough. Large crown molding can also present some challenges.

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#3 posted 02-11-2016 05:39 PM

Thank you Jim and isotope for your replies.

Hitachi is overall a better brand and might be limited when working with larger stock.

Any opinions on accuracy of the SCMS over period of time?


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#4 posted 02-11-2016 05:40 PM

Why cannot you use your Craftsman 113 and your Incra miter gauge to make moldings in that one room ? I take it it is less convenient, but it is only one room.
As for the picture frames having your setup I would not even think about a miter saw unless you are talking about 6+ feet frames.

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 05:43 PM

Point noted 716, yes that was the plan originally to use the table saw and the incra miter guage.

I doubt we will be doing frames of 6ft or more anytime.


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#6 posted 02-13-2016 12:49 AM

I have a DeWalt slider and a Bosch glider that are both very accurate. I have had the DeWalt since 2000 and it is still accurate.

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#7 posted 02-13-2016 12:58 AM

A good table saw has more robust underpinnings, and therefore higher potential for precision. If precision is your objective, why buy a miter saw, especially a lower cost miter saw?

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#8 posted 02-15-2016 04:15 PM

Thank you Jim and knotscott for your replies.

The tilting mechanism on my saw is not that reliable when it comes to 45 deg cuts but i think it is managable.

I thought the Hitachi miter saw was a better saw of the two. But was not sure sacrificing depth of cut was a better choice. Again i have never used one before so did not know.


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#9 posted 02-15-2016 04:23 PM

The tilting mechanism on my saw is not that reliable when it comes to 45 deg cuts but i think it is managable.

- vskgaming

You can improve accuracy greatly by investing in a Wixey Digital Angle Gauge. Much more precise than the scale on the side of the saw.

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#10 posted 02-15-2016 04:53 PM

I just trimmed a house with my friend’s Hitachi and it was pretty good, the detents locked in without too much slop and had a nice little micro adjust on the mitre. I would go check out the saws you are looking at and see how they lock at 90 and 45. During the course of my work I have used DeWalt, Makita, Hitachi, King, Ryobi and Milwaukee saws and the Milwaukee was the best by a good stretch. With the DeWalt and Hitachi’s being tied for second.

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#11 posted 02-15-2016 05:19 PM

I have the 12” hitachi, and have no issues.
This was an upgrade from a 12” crapsman

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#12 posted 02-16-2016 01:04 AM

I would not buy any miter-saw that was not a slider to much versatility lost. I have had 3 miters over the years . A cheap plain tradesman it was able to set fence square to the blade and after few test cuts it would cut 45 . Second was a GMC sold by Craftsman when they went out of business it also was able to be aligned . This was a more versatile being a slider. Got rid of it because it took up to much space. It was setup with a Royobi rail. Just bought a Harvard Freight small 10” small footprint slider. I want to build it into my New Fangle Workbench.

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