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Forum topic by mello posted 07-21-2016 12:43 AM 629 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2016 12:43 AM

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Hello all,

I’ve just recently gotten into woodworking after my wife asked me to make some stuff for my infant daughter to save us some $$. Now I’m realizing how much I enjoy it. Anyway, I had bought a Hitachi 10 inch miter saw for my first adventures and I really liked it but realized that it was a little limited. So I’ve returned it and now would like to jump into something a little bigger/better. So I’m trying to decide between getting a 12’’ non-slider or a 10’’ slider. The market for the sliders is pretty tight under $400 mark and having a little one, cash is tight. As is space in my house. Can anyone throw out some solid recs for some saws that would do the trick? I’ve read every review there is on Amazon/HD/Lowes etc and they all more or less go in circles of love/hate. I really appreciate any help you can offer!

Thanks,
Brian


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#1 posted 07-21-2016 01:08 AM

Sliders are a little harder to tune to make perfect cuts, but they are more capable in the long run. Sounds to me like you got the Woodworking bug, I’m sorry and congrats. 99% of the guys on here wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if they didn’t have some wood to machine/ plane. Good luck…... Dealt used to make some pretty nice saws back when I used tools that needed cords.

Robert

-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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#2 posted 07-21-2016 01:14 AM

the Hitachi 12 inch slider goes on sale at lowes often. they are good for the money, but today i would buy the Bosch, it has way better features and is proven to be very accurate for a slider.

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#3 posted 07-21-2016 01:30 AM

The Bosch is nice, but costs a small fortune.

Almost every tool I buy is through Craigslist. You might consider that approach, freeing up money for other tools you’ll soon need/want, like a router. If the Craigslist market is poor around you, then I’d suggest a 10” slider over a 12” fixed.

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#4 posted 07-21-2016 02:04 AM

Yep, the Bosch is what I’d truly want, but it just wouldn’t be a great decision. Although I’m still considering it. Ha. Craigslist is hit or miss around me. Mostly lower end/older Ryobi or Dewalt’s that have been heavily used. I’m thinking for my current projects, a fixed piece is the wisest thing to do since it’s mostly crosscutting and simple miters (dollhouse, learning towers, toy chest, etc.)

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#5 posted 07-21-2016 02:07 AM

Start out the right way, get one with no cord.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#6 posted 07-21-2016 02:09 AM

The original Cordless tools do work exceptionally well!


Start out the right way, get one with no cord.

- jwmalone


-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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#7 posted 07-21-2016 02:14 AM

I got a nobex for 15 bucks first good miter box ive ever owned I love that thing use it all the time even when I could use the old chop saw which is good ,But for simple stuff like youre doing it would work great and not nearly the work you might think.
.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#8 posted 07-21-2016 02:23 AM

For a miter saw, a slider will give you a lot more capability and the Hitachi’s really give the best bang for the buck. If you can catch the 10in slider on sale in your budget, that would be great. Also, consider the 8-1/2 inch units. They will cut the same width of work, just don’t have the capability to cut as thick of lumber. Unless you will frequently be needing to cut 3 inch thick material, it’ll do everything you need. Blades can be harder to find than 10 inchers, however and the selection is much more limited.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#9 posted 07-21-2016 02:59 AM

I second the approach of going for used tools. Like the OP (and probably every other beginner) I though that purchasing a couple of good tools will answer my needs. Only when you dive deeper into the hobby, you understand how many more tools are required.
Fortunately, the market is abundant with used miter saws. You may even be able to find a 12” slider in good shape.
Then prepare for a planer, router, table saw, band saw…

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#10 posted 07-21-2016 03:02 AM

don’t forget the jigs that’s a whole new world lol welcome to woodworking have fun

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#11 posted 07-21-2016 03:08 AM

Or go hand tool loose weight, stay in shape, And fill your shop with all the tools you need for the cost of a table saw and bandsaw. I did it because of two back surgeries, and built my back strength back planing. Not to mention quieter and less messy. Eh I just don’t like having a lot of cords running around. hahaha

you guys are right though there has to been 500 ways to skin a cat in woodworking and it seems like you need another attachment every time you go to do a different task.

-- its better to plan on the task at hand than actually doing it........ You look smarter.

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#12 posted 07-21-2016 03:22 AM

They didn’t have all this stuf when they built the seven wonders of the world, either way youre child will have good furniture not that crap you throw away when that out grow it.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#13 posted 07-21-2016 04:22 AM

also The best thing about a slider to me is the depth stop, which makes quick work for big half lap joints. I also support the used market, but folks in my area are crazy with their prices, so i buy new.

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#14 posted 07-21-2016 05:55 AM

Getting a new tool is always fun, very smart researching first. The folks here are great & everybody has good advice. Decisions decisions …

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#15 posted 07-21-2016 06:00 AM

DeWalt, thats my advice. A cord is best for shop use. http://www.dewalt.com/products/power-tools/saws/miter-saws
I currently have FOUR Dewalt 12” saws. I have two 12” sliders, one 12” double bevel non slide & one 12” single bevel, the last one being 15 years old & it still works great. Yeah, they are my favorite miter saw choice. The sliders are nice but if you are starting out they are not necessary. I like the 12” non sliders too. I think you would be happy with the dw716… Happy wood working…
oh, I make my living with wood working, thats why I have multiple saws.

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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