LumberJocks

Miter Saw Recommendatios.

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by kwblack posted 1476 days ago 9091 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View kwblack's profile

kwblack

29 posts in 1495 days


1476 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question

Hi Guys,
Long-time lurker, first-time poster. Here’s the deal, I want a compund miter saw, but an inexpensive one. I’ve needed one in building my first project, a workbench, and remodeling an open front dirt floor shed into a workshop. Money is tight, I’m a recyled lumber, can I do it cheap, sort of guy. Been looking and researching and here are what I think would fit my budget, projects, both future and present:

Skil Factory-Reconditioned 10-in Compound Miter Saw
Model No. 3315-01-RT for 89.99 plus shipping ($15.00 mail-in rebate not included in price) (CPOOutlets.com)

Ryobi Factory-Reconditioned 14 Amp, 10” Compound Miter Saw with Laser
Model No. ZRTS1342L for 89.99 plus shipping (CPOOutlets.com)

Harbor Freight 10” Sliding Compound Miter Saw
ITEM # 98199 MANUFACTURER: CHICAGO ELECTRIC POWER TOOLS for 89.99 (20% discount not included)(shipping not included)

Harbor Freight 10” Compound Miter Saw
ITEM # 91995 MANUFACTURER: CHICAGO ELECTRIC POWER TOOLS for 74.99 (20% discount not included)(shipping not included)

Hitachi C10FCE2 10” Compound Miter Saw (Reconditioned) 99.99 (shipping not included)(reconditionsales.com)

Craftsman 9 amp 7-1/4” Miter Saw with Laser Trac™ (21180) 69.99 not including shipping (Sears.com)

909 Power Tools “8 1/2”” Compound Miter Saw” 59.00 shipping not included (Sears.com) (15% off regular price sale)

Thanks for any and all recommendations, opinions, etc.


13 replies so far

View Fireguy's profile

Fireguy

132 posts in 1861 days


#1 posted 1476 days ago

I have the Skill 10”, I would love to replace it with a better saw and I think it was a waste of money for the most part. It cuts wood just fine but need constant adjustment and has a limited capacity for cut size. I only use it to cut to rough length and do fine cuts on my table saw. It spends most of the time under the bench.

-- Alex

View ClayandNancy's profile

ClayandNancy

479 posts in 1641 days


#2 posted 1476 days ago

You might be sorry later if you cheap it now. Check around for a used or reconditioned Dewalt 12” compound miter, you won’t be sorry.

View SnowyRiver's profile

SnowyRiver

51451 posts in 2106 days


#3 posted 1476 days ago

I agree on Dewalt. I have had mine for quite a while and it works great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

View mnguy's profile

mnguy

161 posts in 2024 days


#4 posted 1476 days ago

If you plan on doing remodeling as well as woodworking, I’d recommend a 12” saw – it gives you the flexibility to cut 4” PVC, 4×4 timbers, angles on 2×6’s, etc. I understand you have a tight budget, but this is a cornerstone type tool, and a cheap, poorly made mitre saw will give you a lot of trouble. Check Craigslist in your area for used tools – you can probably get a 10” Dewalt, Portercable, or other premium brand saw that is amateur used (as opposed to being thrown in the back of trucks and being used to cut wet pressure treated lumber all day) for $100.

I don’t know a lot about yoru specific selections in your post (I have a 10 year old 12” Delta), but on name, I’d go with the Hitachi – less likely to be junk.

View brantley's profile

brantley

185 posts in 1883 days


#5 posted 1476 days ago

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

15582 posts in 1492 days


#6 posted 1476 days ago

I like the 12 in. Dewalts. I have a compound 12” mitre and a compound slider and they’ve never given me a bit of trouble. BTW, we have an architectural moulding plant and we probably have 10 or 15 mitre saws scattered across the whole plant and I would guess that 80% of them are Dewalts. Now we do wear them out occasionaly in the plant because they do recieve rugged use during both the shifts. However, they seem to do better for us than some of the other brands. There’s a Lowes right down the road so we usually just get ‘em there. You can get the extra guarantee for a fee and we usually do that because we use them hardly. However, when we take ‘em back Lowes always stands by them because we don’t abuse them we just use the h* out of ‘em. I don’t think you need the extra guarantee for your home shop. I don’t know how to advise you on whether to go with the cheaper verses a good one. A cheap saw is better than no saw at all as long as you’re careful with it but if the guard tears up on you then you need to fix it – don’t use it without the guard. I will tell you this – buying cheap tools is a bad habit to get into IMHO.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View richgreer's profile

richgreer

4522 posts in 1700 days


#7 posted 1476 days ago

I like to say, “buying cheap tools is expensive”. That’s because you almost always end up buying better tools later and the money you spend on the cheap tool was wasted money.

I would advise you to spend your money on quality and not on features. Don’t bother with a sliding miter saw or a laser. I don’t necessarily recommend this DeWalt. I think there are other brands that are just as good (Makita, Bosch, Hitachi, Porter Cable, Delta) but this link just gives you an idea of a good basic miter saw that is well made and does not contain fancy features. You could rely on this for the next 20 years.

http://www.factoryauthorizedoutlet.com/dewalt/products/DW713.asp

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View Rileysdad's profile

Rileysdad

110 posts in 1904 days


#8 posted 1476 days ago

I’ve got a DeWalt 12” compound miter saw and it works very well. I put a good crosscut blade on it and it cuts as well as anyone could ask. I’d buy another one.

What I would not do is buy a cheap slider. Those things can be pretty finicky and I wouldn’t want to be screwing around with a saw when it’s time to cut wood. If price is your primary concern, stick with a chop saw and get the best you can afford.

-- Measure twice, cut once, buy extra stock.

View patcollins's profile

patcollins

994 posts in 1491 days


#9 posted 1476 days ago

I have a fairly inexpensive Skil, this one and its been nothing but great. It was adjusted perfectly from the factory (which suprised me) and hasn’t needed any adjusting in the year that I have had it. I have not seen any wear on it anywhere yet so I expect it to last me a long time.

View ShopDogs's profile

ShopDogs

228 posts in 1983 days


#10 posted 1476 days ago

I have a 12” Dewalt and a 12” sliding Miter Hitachi. I love both of these saws. The Dewalt lives in my job site trailer. The Hitachi is my shop saw. I can not agree more with the guys who say don’t save $ on this saw purchase.

It and the table saw are probably the most critical and hard used tools you will have. A 12” is so much more versitile than a 10” there is almost no comparison. The acuracy of these high quality saws will make the difference between pretty good work, and really good work in many cases.

I know there are incredible craftsmen who turn out astounding creations with a hammer and one saw. I am NOT one of those guys. I rely on the quality and accuracy of a shop full of tools.

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

View Drew's profile

Drew

136 posts in 1726 days


#11 posted 1476 days ago

The DeWalt DW713 10” single bevel is probably the best inexpensive miter saw on the market.

Goes for about $200.

I have one I use for those jobs when I only have 2-3 cuts to make and don’t feel like hauling out a BIG saw. Cuts as good (maybe better) then any of my saws!

Might be the only “CHEAP” saw I would buy.

-- That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” ― Aldous Huxley

View richgreer's profile

richgreer

4522 posts in 1700 days


#12 posted 1476 days ago

Responding to Johnny’s point (and reinforcing mine). The DW713 is cheap because it lacks features. It has no slider or laser and it is only a 10”. I don’t think it is cheap because it is low quality.

This is the kind of saw you would continue to have a use for even if, someday down the road, you get a bigger and more expensive saw.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

View kwblack's profile

kwblack

29 posts in 1495 days


#13 posted 1475 days ago

Read carefully, and I mean carefully all the posts. Thanks for the feedback, don’t stop now! What do you think about this Ridgid saw?

http://www.cpoprotools.com/products/zrms1065lza.html

I’ve got a Ridgid belt sander, reconditioned, and I’ve been very impressed with its performance. Love the idea of Craigslist, but I live in rural western Oklahoma. The only Craigslist cities are OKC, Tulsa and Lawton. All of which are at least 90 miles away. Two pawnshops in 40 miles, been to both, over-priced. I’m probably confined to online sales and Ebay. If I go up to $150-175, what options do you suggest in the way of specific saws?

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase