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repickrel

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09-10-2016 11:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw makita budget accuracy

I’m sure this topic has been beat to death but I have to ask. I’m in the market for a sliding miter saw. My budget is <$600. I’ve been looking at the Makita ls1016l as it can cut 4×4’s but takes less room than a 12”. I like the Bosch articulating arm but it’s pricey and people seem scared of its accuracy longevity. I need a sliding saw cuz I often cut 10-12” pieces. My primary concern is constant accuracy even when extended out. I think I want to stay clear of hitachi, and while I like ridgids warranty I don’t trust it to keep true angles all the time. So for $600 and below what would be the best sliding miter saw capable of cutting 4×4’s with a minimum 12” cross cut?


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#1 posted 09-11-2016 12:31 AM

I’ve had the Ridgid 12 inch slider for 6 or 7 years. I put an orange zillion tooth CMT blade on it and adjusted the saw for accuracy and it’s great. If buying new, I’d sure give the Bosch a serious look. I like that it can fit close to a wall.

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#2 posted 09-11-2016 12:55 AM

I have a DeWalt 717, you can cut a 12” and even wider if you move the fence back by pulling some pins, but I have never done that. It cuts a nominal 4×4 which is 3.5×3.5”. I think it was 500$ at Home Depot when I bought it this spring. It is accurate once set up.

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#3 posted 09-11-2016 01:38 AM

Take a look at the Hitatchi 12 slider. I have hade mine for a few yrs now and is still dead accurate. The price was around $400.

-- mrg

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#4 posted 09-12-2016 02:54 AM

The Bosch has been around for a bit. It is very accurate and less likely to lose its setting. It does go on sale frequently at Menards, Home Depot, and on line.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#5 posted 09-12-2016 11:43 AM

Embarrassed to mention it…but I have been very happy with my Harbor Freight 12” slider for the past couple years.

Don’t remember the exact price, but pretty sure it was less than $200. It’s not perfect, but gets the job done just fine.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#6 posted 09-12-2016 01:24 PM

My Makita LS1016L has served me well since I bought it. It is very accurate when setup properly and mine has never needed any adjustments since its original setup 5 or 6 years ago. Highly recommend the Makita.

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repickrel

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#7 posted 09-12-2016 10:35 PM



The Bosch has been around for a bit. It is very accurate and less likely to lose its setting. It does go on sale frequently at Menards, Home Depot, and on line.

- Woodchuck2010

I love the articulating arm. So if it holds its accuracy I’ll be really considering it. Will the 10” cut a 4×4?

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repickrel

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#8 posted 09-12-2016 10:36 PM

I think I’m set on either the Makita ls1016l or the Bosch cm10gd. Decisions decisions!

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Woodchuck2010

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#9 posted 09-12-2016 11:14 PM


The Bosch has been around for a bit. It is very accurate and less likely to lose its setting. It does go on sale frequently at Menards, Home Depot, and on line.

- Woodchuck2010

I love the articulating arm. So if it holds its accuracy I ll be really considering it. Will the 10” cut a 4×4?

- repickrel

It is the smoothest miter saw you’ve ever felt. Yes, the 10” will cut a 4×4. I don’t know if it matters to you but the 10” doesn’t have the nice pull out table extensions like the 12”.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#10 posted 09-12-2016 11:28 PM

Why do you want to “stay clear of Hitachi”?
I have several Hitachi power tools, including the C12RSH compound sliding miter saw and while I have not used it enough to express an opinion about it, I have friends who drool over it. I have many of their 18V cordless tools and their circular saw and I am quite satisfied with them.

-- Be sure brain is up and running before plugging in anything else

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#11 posted 09-13-2016 12:02 AM



Embarrassed to mention it…but I have been very happy with my Harbor Freight 12” slider for the past couple years.

Don t remember the exact price, but pretty sure it was less than $200. It s not perfect, but gets the job done just fine.

- JeffP

It’s funny how there are hidden gems out there that people wouldn’t think of looking. I have a Craftsman 10” compact sliding miter saw that I have never had a problem with and would recommend that most people would stay away from just because of the name.

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DirtyMike

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#12 posted 09-13-2016 12:47 AM

You want to stay clear of the company that invented the tool you are looking to buy? I dont know if there is a better sliding miter saw for the money than the c12rsh. the new replacement for it is sadly not near as good. If accuracy is you overall goal buy the bosch or hitachi. You have to know who makes a good tool, I have been buying almost exclusively but i wouldn’t buy their sliding miters. just dont buy a dewalt.

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repickrel

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#13 posted 09-13-2016 05:20 PM



You want to stay clear of the company that invented the tool you are looking to buy? I dont know if there is a better sliding miter saw for the money than the c12rsh. the new replacement for it is sadly not near as good. If accuracy is you overall goal buy the bosch or hitachi. You have to know who makes a good tool, I have been buying almost exclusively but i wouldn t buy their sliding miters. just dont buy a dewalt.

- DirtyMike


I’ve heard dewalts are so mass produced that you’re more prone to getting a bad saw than other brands. The only reason I mention staying clear of hitachi is from some bad reviews I’ve heard from trusted sources. However, I personally have no experience so I guess I shouldn’t rule them out. Their saws are significantly cheaper than the bosch and makita I’m looking at.

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AZWoody

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#14 posted 09-13-2016 06:18 PM


You want to stay clear of the company that invented the tool you are looking to buy? I dont know if there is a better sliding miter saw for the money than the c12rsh. the new replacement for it is sadly not near as good. If accuracy is you overall goal buy the bosch or hitachi. You have to know who makes a good tool, I have been buying almost exclusively but i wouldn t buy their sliding miters. just dont buy a dewalt.

- DirtyMike

I ve heard dewalts are so mass produced that you re more prone to getting a bad saw than other brands. The only reason I mention staying clear of hitachi is from some bad reviews I ve heard from trusted sources. However, I personally have no experience so I guess I shouldn t rule them out. Their saws are significantly cheaper than the bosch and makita I m looking at.

- repickrel

I would agree on the DeWalt. The first one I had was the 12” slider and I could never get it to stay in square. I would do all the steps and if you check the blade, it would show it’s square but as soon as you cut, the cut was far off.

I started researching and found many other reviews with the same issue.

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