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Forum topic by Gilley23 posted 05-30-2017 01:47 AM 938 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gilley23

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05-30-2017 01:47 AM

I want a slider for the increased cutting capacity of wider boards, rarely do I cut anything crazy thick. The Kobalt 7” slider is only $120, it’s a great price. Fyi, I have a 10” non-slider now. I really wish that there was an affordable dual-bevel 7” slider out here.

Are there any good reasons to not get this? Heat build up maybe?


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Loren

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#1 posted 05-30-2017 02:41 AM

Having done my share of trim and installation
work, I’d say the primary appeals of the saw
are low price and light weight. For jobs
where I would want a lightweight slider for
a handful of cuts, I might use such a saw.

All sliding miter saws deflect to greater or
lesser degrees. Non-sliders do too, for
that matter, though less still than sliders.
For 90 degree crosscuts though I would
not be surprised if the saw doesn’t do an
adequate job for most work.

One thing you should really check out is
whether plastic or metal is used in the
detent system for setting miter angles. The
plastic wears badly.

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Andybb

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#2 posted 05-30-2017 03:02 AM

I think it really depends on what you are going to use it for. 2×8 cutting capacity would be pretty limiting for me. Not so much the 8, but the 2.

How about grabbing a 10” off of Craigslist? Dual bevel ones can be had for $150. A slider with a 10” blade will cut a 4×12 or a nice square 4×4 bowl blank from a chunk of walnut. Then the world is your oyster. :-)

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

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#3 posted 05-30-2017 04:01 AM

I have that saw and use it for trim work only, I don’t think it will cut anything wider than about 5”.

-- Tom D

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Gilley23

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#4 posted 05-30-2017 06:53 AM

What I was going for was that 7.25” blades are cheaper, the saw takes up less room, and costs less. I really would prefer a dual bevel, though.

Well, off to Craigslist I go!

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rwe2156

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#5 posted 05-30-2017 01:20 PM

Some serious due diligence is in order for anything Kobalt.

I recommend checking for 8” Hitachi slider. My brother had one for trim work it was the bomb.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Gilley23

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#6 posted 05-30-2017 01:41 PM

No doubt, Kobalt certainly isn’t of the highest quality. Their hand tools are complete junk, power tools not much better. For the money and how much I use a miter saw it seemed like a good option.

I’ve been perusing the list of Craig, among other second hand avenues for a 10” slider. I really want a dual bevel, that seems to be my budget breaker combined with the sliding feature. Harbor freight saws are easy to score for <$100, but I just can’t bring myself to that level lol.


Some serious due diligence is in order for anything Kobalt.

I recommend checking for 8” Hitachi slider. My brother had one for trim work it was the bomb.

- rwe2156


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Gilley23

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#7 posted 05-30-2017 01:51 PM

Amazon has a Makita LS0815F 8-1/2” Slide dual bevel for $285/shipped, which isn’t bad but still more than I want to spend. Hoping to keep this in the $200 area.

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IndianaWoodworker

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#8 posted 05-30-2017 01:54 PM

I have the exact same saw you are talking about. It has performed adequately for the last couple of years, it will cut pretty square as long as you take the time to dial it in…a lot of time…frequently. Basically, I now use this Kobalt as more of a rough cutting tool as anything else; I get as close to the finished cut as I can and then sneak up on the finished cut with a block plane. Alternatively, I’ll use the Kobalt to get “in the neighborhood” and use a crosscut sled or miter jig on the table saw to get the final cut where I want it. Long story short…the Kobalt will work for you, and work fine, just as long as you’re willing to be patient with it and understand the limitations it has. For what it’s worth…I plan on getting a replacement in the not-too-distant future, and it will be a 10”.

-- Measure twice, cut once?!? But, cutting is more fun than measuring!

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