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Forum topic by ADP posted 04-07-2017 07:13 PM 907 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2017 07:13 PM

Hi there,

Ill make this quick. Im a novice woodworker currently selling all my construction tools for the finer life of woodworking. I’m about to purchase a new miter saw and have narrowed it down to the Mikita LS1016L and the Hitachi C12RSH2. These are at the tops of my price point as well. Most reviews say they are both great saws but curious if one would be better for me in a shop situation. I’ll mostly be building farmhouse style furniture and DIY projects. I think the big difference is the direct drive vs belt driven motor? Any help would be great.


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#1 posted 04-07-2017 07:24 PM

Aaron, I would suggest a HF 10” slider and buy a really good blade for it.

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#2 posted 04-07-2017 07:42 PM

That would be an option but I’ve read horrible stories about the arbor bolt that holds the blades. Many are defective from the start, many strip easy with what appears to be no way to repair, leaving the saw unusable. Also it’s been sited there’s frustration in just changing blades. I currently have a Dewalt dw703 which is probably a better saw even though it’s much older. Thanks for the feedback though.

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#3 posted 04-07-2017 07:48 PM

Aaron, I’ve been using the HF miter saws for many years and never heard anything about the arbor bolts or hard to change blades. I have always been completely satisfied with them. That said, in your position I would suggest the Makita, have read many good reports on it.

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 07:59 PM

Either of those would work well, but at that price point you might want to watch Craig’s List for a used Bosch 10” compound slide miter saw instead, and use the savings to buy a really good blade for it. Skip the newer glide miter, go for the one with the sliding shafts. Mine has been dead accurate for 15 years and has almost the CC capacity of my radial arm.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#5 posted 04-07-2017 08:34 PM

Between the two you’ve mentioned, I would go with the Makita. Both would be good for fine wood working but I’ve seen that replacement parts for everything Hitachi runs higher than the competition. I also really like that the Makita is gear drive only instead of the gear and belt drive of the Hitachi, few parts make for an intrinsically more reliable power train.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#6 posted 04-07-2017 09:22 PM

I have the Hitachi C12LSH, the model previous the one you are considering, and it’s been a great saw for me.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#7 posted 04-08-2017 01:49 AM

@Big block yeti. I liked the Mikita better as well but I can get the Hitachi for 95 bucks less, so I’m leaning that way.

I guess I look a tool like I do most purchases. You can buy something cheap and last a few years or buy quality to last decades. My last saw lasted 15 years and it still runs great.

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#8 posted 04-08-2017 01:54 AM

Oh, also was curious what blades you guys prefer. I’ve been using the dewalt 80T fine finish with carbide tip. They seem decent but do you pros think there’s something that will cut better?

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#9 posted 04-08-2017 01:56 AM

I’ve had Makita, Dewalt, Delta and now a Hitachi. So far, the Making was the most durable and long lasting.

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#10 posted 04-08-2017 04:27 AM

I don’t remember the model off the top of my head but I have a Hitachi 12” and like it. I don’t think of miter saws as fine woodworking machines but they can do okay. I’m a fan of Makita tools in general.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 04-08-2017 06:02 AM

I don t think of miter saws as fine woodworking machines but they can do okay. I m a fan of Makita tools in general.

I agree, well I’m building my shop in sections from basically nothing I’m sure in a few weeks I’ll be asking about replacements for my tablesaw. I’m currently working on my miter saw station and upper and lower cabinets there with a built-in router station as well. I believe after that I’ll be moving to the table saw area so everyone be looking to give more advice then :) thanks!

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#12 posted 04-08-2017 09:16 PM

Without Googling I gotta think those saws are north of $400 including/plus tax so I second the CL Bosch (or other brand) and a decent 80 tooth blade from Lowes . You know those magnesium skil saws you contractors use will never die. There are woodworking tools like that also. Then spend $150 on a good used 14” bandsaw. You’ll still have over $100 left for other stuff.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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