Single or Double Bevel Miter Saw

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Forum topic by alexbarlage posted 03-02-2010 08:19 PM 15806 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2010 08:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dewalt miter box single bevel double bevel question opinion saw 10 12

Single Bevel $329
Single Bevel $329

Double Bevel $399
Double Bevel $399

I have some gift cards to Depot from my Chase rewards. (Something 5/3 would of never done, a different story there!) I’ve used all types sizes and brands of miter saws, for rough framing to trim carpentry.

Miter saw will be in a: low prouduction/hobbyist type atmosphere. (bird house, tool holders, jig building – I won’t be building china cabinets…yet) So my question, is the double bevel for $60 bucks worth it, or will I never use it?

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 08:42 PM

I would honestly assess whether or not a miter saw is needed. If you have a table saw and a cross cut sled, you should be all set. The sled that I built is this one…. . To me the benefits of the table saw (Dust collection, width capacity, making perfect repeatable cuts, etc…) far outweigh the benefits of a mitre saw (Unless you are going to be doing a ton of crown molding). Just my two cents, and I will not be offended if you ignore it ;)

-- Always keep a stash of band-aids in your workshop!

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 09:19 PM

If you feel like you really need a miter saw, I’d go for the single bevel. The double bevel might be nice, but how often are you really going to use it?

I built a Universal Tablesaw Jig (Wood Magazine plan) a couple of years ago, and since I started using it, my miter saw has been stowed away under the bench.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 09:22 PM

I have the double bevel, sliding 10 incher by Dewalt. For household stuff the double bevel is great. For shop stuff the slide feature really nice. I agree that a table saw can do most cuts better, but I keep a rip blade as my default in the table saw and a fine cross-cut blade in the miter saw. I recommend the 10 incher because then blades are interchangable between when you want to move your $125 cross cut blade to the table saw for some accurate work. I have had to put effort into getting reliable and precise cuts out of the miter saw (fixturing and jigs and material support) but it still saves time. With the 10 slider I can cut 12-14” crosscuts and for stuff that is going to get hand fit later, the “measure with the first one you made” save time too.

Dust collection in my opinion is the biggest drawback on the miter saw. Mine throws dust everywhere. Also, I think the slide feature makes it more dangerous than the fixed. If you don’t have a table saw, get it first. If you are looking at home depot, I know that the Rigid table saws are getting very good reviews for the cost, particularly as a starter saw.

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 09:25 PM

I would love to purchase a table saw but I’m limited to Home Depot this time and only have $150 ish to spend with the $200 gift certificates. Their Dewalt table saw was around $530, little over my budget this go around.

Also, I find myself borrowing my dads miter saw more so then his table saw. I do have a platform bed in the works, but that is the only project I’ll need a table saw for and that project is about 6 months out and still in design stage.

Boyneskibum: When I do purchase the table saw I will def. revisit your crosscut sled. Nice job on that.

I just noticed your name and was trying to get my family to go back to Boyne this year, its been about 10 years since I’ve been skiing up there.

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 09:28 PM

UrbaneHillbilly – I never considered that for the size of blades, I will definitely take that into consideration now. I always thought bigger is better but having (2) tools with the same blade size is the best!

-- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 09:47 PM

double bevel !

i have done handrails , with single bevel .
easy to lose the angle ,
( flip this way ,turn over ,spin around , turn over ,
do i need the right side , or the left side ) ?

besides that , isn’t your dream and your work advancing ?
don’t limit your self !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 10:17 PM

I bought a single bevel, thought it’d be nice to save $100. But I do regret it now. It’s really annoying to swing around pieces of trims, 14-16’ and all, to cut each end, when you can just change your saw angle. Also my shop is quite small and I can’t afford 8’ on each side of the mitre saw, so I do wish I had spent the extra $ for the double mitre in the beginning.

-- Ed

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