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newbiewoodworker

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09-20-2010 07:29 PM

I was just using the circular saw ten seconds ago to shave a few hairs off of a board I cut too large… when it started to stall, and I could feel it kicking… I have never came that close to mudding myself.. with a table saw atleast its only a piece of wood that kicks… with a circular saw its the whole darned saw!

So, I am going to tell my father that I want to stop on the way back from another appointment(2 in a day sux… the reason I am out of school this early(since 9am.. :) short day…)) to get a mitre saw… I would rather be less a few hundred dollars then be less a few digits/pints of blood…. I think he wont mind..

So the question is, which one…

I don’t want to spend more than I have to, I was thinking maybe a Ridgid or a Dewalt? Or is the Ryobi good(Thinking maybe the slider?) My max is maybe $240(tax included..)

I was saying a few nights ago that my next purchase is to be a mitre saw… well the time has come… Maybe I was feeding it too fast..who knows… but it feels too dangerous to me…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 07:49 PM

if you felt too dangerous, then either your techniques needs to be corrected, of the wood is not milled square to begin with – either of those reasons won’t make the miter saw any safer.

That said, I personally don’t currently have a miter saw, I can do everything I need on the TS with a cross cut sled, or with a circular saw with a straight edge guide at 90 – no kickbacks, no problems.

curious why you are getting kick back. are you guiding your saw with a straight edge? is the lumber milled 4 square?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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swirt

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#2 posted 09-20-2010 08:07 PM

I have a Ridgid 12” Compound Miter Saw. It works well, but I almost never use it anymore. Crosscutting with a handsaw is just too easy. The only time I use the CMS is if I have lots and lots of cuts to make or need the repetition of a stopblock.

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Peter Hanson

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#3 posted 09-20-2010 08:09 PM

Almost lost a few digits myself trying to cut through a knot on a 4×4 piece of lumber a few months back.

So it sounds like you are looking for a sliding miter under $240?

I happen to be the chief editor of a miter saw review site and in my experience you should probably go with a Ryobi since they are less expensive then most top brands like DEWALT, Hitachi, ect… Also, getting a decent sliding miter saw may be pushing your budget a little. Sometimes you can find better prices online because the distribution cost aren’t included in the price when you buy direct from a retail store.

Just taking doing a quick look on my site, you might be able to get a Ryobi ZRTSS100L 10-in sliding miter saw that meets your price point, plus it’s a fairly decent miter.

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newbiewoodworker

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#4 posted 09-20-2010 08:23 PM

I didnt say it had to be slider…

CMS is fine…

I dont have a straight edge… I just cut along the line…
I already got the Okay to stop, so thats fine. Dewalt ridgid, or Ryobi?

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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Peter Hanson

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#5 posted 09-20-2010 09:15 PM

Here is my top 3 recommendations for you keeping your criteria in mind:

1. Dewalt:
DEWALT DW713 10” CMS (sells of $219.00 on Amazon.com)

2. Ridgid:
Ridgid MS1065LZA 10” CMS ($180 on Amazon.com)

3. Ryobi:
Ryobi ZRTS1342L 10” CMS (Factory-Reconditioned for $100 on Amazon.com)

My personal favorite CMS (i am a proud owner of this miter saw) is the Hitachi C10FCE2” ($150 on amazon.com)

Best of luck to ya!

Peter

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#6 posted 09-20-2010 09:31 PM

I don’t understand. Are you looking for a miter saw or a circular saw?

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newbiewoodworker

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 02:25 AM

I ended up buying the Ridgid… in one word: awsome… Much better than the junky craftsman I have used a few times, that belongs to my grandfather… I went as far as to be able to cut a snug dado.. try doing that on the CMAN… lol

I looked at the Ryobi… but it felt like all plastic.. I didnt like it… I spent a good 15mins comparing the Dewalt and the Ridgid… they both felt similar… The only real difference is that one was yellow, and the other orange… I liked the savings of $40 too…

Surprisingly, its a very quiet saw… comparatively speaking, as opposed to the CMAN Its light too. And the laser gives you that extra little bit of… “dont put your fingers here, or else that line will be permenant feel….”

The only thing is… its dusty… I covered everything on my workbench with a fine dusting… I will need to hook up my shop vac..

Over all, I am happy…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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Peter Hanson

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 04:12 AM

Nice! I normally stay away from Ryobi. They are affordable but you sometimes get what you pay for with them.
Your Ridgid will last for a long time.

Have fun!

Peter

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#9 posted 09-21-2010 05:13 AM

I’m glad you got the Ridgid—be sure to use the 20% of mail-in rebate.
http://www.ridgid.com/Download/lsa_eblast_rebate.pdf

I’m also glad you didn’t go with the Ryobi. I have the 10” SCMS and I’ve been less than happy with it.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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newbiewoodworker

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 08:19 PM

I likey… Are they all participating? Since I never got one with my saw.. I got the Warrantee.

Also, how to I do it? Both forms require the UPC, so do I attach a photocopy?

Thanks.

PS: yea, that Ryobi felt poorly constructed. If I am going to spend $200, I may as well spend an extra dime or two to get one that is constructed well… And that won’t give me bull about replacement.. no names… :(

Bren

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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