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Forum topic by AngieO posted 06-03-2016 08:37 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AngieO

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06-03-2016 08:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kobalt miter saw

Well… the title is a little misleading.

My very first miter saw was actually this guy….

I spent $50 for the saw and the sander. Plus… he gave me some really nice pallet wood as well. This started my woodworking journey.

Eventually this poor guy gave out. I ended up selling him to a guy that had one as well and he needed a part from mine. Three years ago (August 2013) my mom bought me a brand new Kobalt 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw. I was thrilled. It was amazing. However… as the years went by and my skills increased I realized something very crucial. My miter saw was NOT to be trusted. I could never get a square cut. It was horrible. However i just figured it was how miter saws worked. Well… a couple of weeks ago I was about to start on a new project. A bench for some friends.
(I posted that project today. Here’s a link to it http://lumberjocks.com/projects/250138 ).

I knew these friends were going to be very particular. And I knew that based on how this project ended up… I could get some more projects from them. So I went about trying to square up my miter saw. Come to find out… the problem wasn’t that it was a miter saw. It was MY miter saw. I had asked the local tool guy at Lowe’s that’s always very helpful what I could do. He asked a couple of questions and told me to bring it in.

I lovingly packed up my baby… And off to Lowe’s I went.

Come to find out… my saw had a defect. All these years… all these projects. I never could have gotten a good cut. But it was because of the defect in my saw.

So….. This is what I came home with.

Kobalt may not be the best brand out there. But I’m sure happy about their policies. I went home with a brand new machine And guess what….? The cuts are SOOOOOOO much better. And I learned how to really square up my blade so I can get great cuts.

I was one happy girl making those cuts for the metal break bench. Wouldn’t have come out as nicely as it did without my new baby.


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lumbermeister

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 11:48 PM

Very nice story! Lovely ending. I own a Craftsman sliding compound miter, roughly same price range/class as your Kobalt. Like you (previously), I also cannot get a square cut (the fence is bowed, as I see on many Craftsman sliders of this type). While I made it workable for some projects, it now gathers dust: I either use my table saw with miter gauge, or hand saw, using a guide block if the cut requires more precision.

I think that I will not try your solution for an exchange with Sears Craftsman, because:

- I’m lazy
- I’ve come to hate the miter saw’s operation (loud and, unless a Festool brand, dust collection is non-existent, even with a shop vac attached
- As mentioned, many Craftsman’s of this class have a bowed fence.

Again, Angie, nice ending, an, very nice bench (clicked on the link: impressive!). Here’s to many great projects in your future via your new saw and your general know-how.

Eric

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conifur

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#2 posted 06-04-2016 12:05 AM

When I had my remodeling business I had Hitachi 10” slider bowed fence, over 20 years, I have had other major makes same thing, about a fat 1/64th,if you put a straight edge across the total length of the fence, all bowed in at the blade line, and I could NEVER get an answer from any of them if it was suppose to be that way. I just bought a DeWalt 10” slider and it does not.

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#3 posted 06-04-2016 12:41 AM

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conifur

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#4 posted 06-04-2016 12:48 AM

Ya you just a new one because you are a blond!!! Laugh out loud!!!!!!!!

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#5 posted 06-04-2016 01:07 AM

Angie – Congrats on your new saw.

If you ever decide to replace your new miter saw, I would recommend that you get a DeWalt (sliding or NOT sliding) miter saw. I’m not too familiar with Kobalt miter saws but I know that squaring the blade on a DeWalt miter saw is a lot easier than most.

With the DeWalt miter saw you square the blade with the fence. Most others you have to square the fence with the blade. There are a few that are like DeWalt (like Milwaukee) in which the blade is squared with the fence … in other words, the detents that lock your blade at different angles is an adjustable plate.

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AngieO

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#6 posted 06-04-2016 02:05 AM

I hope that I don’t have a need for a new one for a long time. I am pretty happy with with the Kobalt. But I have seen some Dewalts that look petty nice.

Dust collection… ? Forget about it. Is there such a thing with a miter saw? Actually there is… the dust collects… EVERYWHERE!

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conifur

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#7 posted 06-04-2016 02:12 AM



I hope that I don t have a need for a new one for a long time. I am pretty happy with with the Kobalt. But I have seen some Dewalts that look petty nice.

Dust collection… ? Forget about it. Is there such a thing with a miter saw? Actually there is… the dust collects… EVERYWHERE!

- AngieO


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#8 posted 06-04-2016 04:43 AM

I’ve got a friend got a 10 inch Kobalt sliding saw he paid $50 for at a Habit for Humanity store. It had been used to cut a few moldings with. I think that’s the smoothest and most accurate cutting sliding saw I’ve ever seen.

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#9 posted 06-04-2016 05:16 AM

Glad to hear that they made it right and you got a saw that you know how to reset. Depending on who & how many people I let use mine it too has to be reset sometimes. It’s easy when you use a straight board and get the hang of it.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 06-04-2016 06:07 AM

My Son had a Sears Craftsman miter saw with the same problem, could not get a square cut. Took it back to Sears and they would not exchange it. Bought a DeWalt miter saw problem solved. I’ve had a DeWalt miter saw for years. Do wish it would break down so I could buy a sliding DeWalt miter saw.

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#11 posted 06-04-2016 10:43 AM

What exactly did they say the issue was? I also have the Kobalt sliding miter saw, but mine is a 10”
Out of the box, it was really bad. I was able to adjust fence to make it better, but still have to go to table saw for perfect square cuts.

So I’m curious if my saw is defective too?

-- Thank You Trevor OBrion

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#12 posted 06-04-2016 12:13 PM

I have a Kobalt 10 inch slider – what was the issue so I know what to look for?

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#13 posted 06-04-2016 05:55 PM



What exactly did they say the issue was? I also have the Kobalt sliding miter saw, but mine is a 10”
Out of the box, it was really bad. I was able to adjust fence to make it better, but still have to go to table saw for perfect square cuts.

So I m curious if my saw is defective too?

- trevor7428

Trevor… take a look at the last picture she posted. I kinda doubt you’re cute enough for the salesman at Lowes to give you a new one, even if it IS defective!
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JIMMIEM

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#14 posted 06-04-2016 07:30 PM

For the price these aren’t bad for the $. WOOD Magazine did a review and found that some of the less expensive saws e.g. Craftsman, Kobalt, etc. were a good tool for the price which is about half what a DeWalt or other name brand would cost. I made a dust box for my non-slider and the dust collection is quite good. For the slider the dust collector is quite large and while a lot of the dust doesn’t make it to the collector it does stay within the dust box.

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#15 posted 06-04-2016 08:52 PM

I have a Rigid 12 inch slider, and I just recently squared up the blade to the fence. Took me a bit of time to figure it out, so I finally read the directions and all went well. It was never off by much, but I finally decided that I wanted it absolutely square. Some years ago I also replaced the blade with a high dollar fine tooth blade. That was worth the money, and I get really smooth cuts now. Only complaint about the saw is the terrible dust control. Finally I just moved the saw to an open spot in my barn and just let the dust fly. And every so often I’ll vacuum it all up.

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