Which of these 2 miter saws?

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Forum topic by Tarheel posted 03-13-2011 12:55 AM 1474 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2011 12:55 AM

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My old miter saw met its tragic end thanks to my garage door and mother-in-law. I have it down to these 2 saws. I would have to get the Makita on-line or get the DeWalt at Lowes while its on-sale. Any thoughts/suggestion/comments?


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#1 posted 03-13-2011 01:42 AM

I havent tried either saw, but the makita seems nicer, and I have always found makita to be a much better quality tool than dewalt.

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 01:46 AM

Wow, the reviews are sorta even. I don’t own either one so it’s hard for me to judge. Maybe you could surf for some more reviews. Both look like good saws. To tell the truth…. I’m kinda interested in the garage door / mother in law thing….... sounds like something that would happen at my house. LOL.
- JJ

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 01:50 AM

Yeah, how did the garage door incident happen, dont you have a working laser sensor on that door ( unless it is manually operated of course ). you know we are all about safety here on LJ’s.

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#4 posted 03-13-2011 02:58 AM

LOL…The support of the miter saw was under the garage door, but above the laser. The door hit it, but did not go up as it should. That has been resolved!

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#5 posted 03-13-2011 03:17 AM

Dang it, thought we were going to get a good story….. maybe next time….. glad you got it fixed. Or do you still have saw problems?
- JJ

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#6 posted 03-13-2011 03:26 AM

I have a Dewalt (non sliding) but have read several reviews on the Makita sliders that makes me think that’ll be my next miter saw choice. There are several “miter saw showdowns” featured in the magazines. I don’t know the details off the top of my head but Google can be your friend.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#7 posted 03-13-2011 04:38 AM

I have the Makita 1013 which is a older model than the 16. I’ve used the dewalt also. I prefer the Makita compared to the dewalt. The Makita is just so smooth and quit compared to the dewalt.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#8 posted 03-13-2011 05:00 AM


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#9 posted 03-13-2011 06:18 AM

I just got the Makita last week and love it. I Highly recommend it. Home Depot’s web site says online sales only but when I went there the other day they and them in stock at the store. Used a Lowes 10% coupon too.

-- Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity….

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#10 posted 03-13-2011 04:00 PM

I’ve had that Makita since it came out and love it. I’ve had several mitre saws over the years and they’ve all gotten heavy contractor use. For the most part all Hitachi’s. This is my second Makita which stays in the shop. The laser system is the best I’ve used so far and can’t live without at this point. Great for indexing cut lines that are in the back against the fence or lining up angle cuts. The line gets sharp as a tack the closer the blade gets to the cut.

A contractor friend of mine is a Dewalt guy, but seems to go thru them constantly. He’s a little rough on things so take that with a grain of salt.

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#11 posted 03-13-2011 04:10 PM

I’ve always thought of the DeWalt as a contractor/carpenter saw – rugged and dependable, but not always precise and accurate. I have the Makita 1013 and it is a fine, high precision tool for the woodworker. With an upgraded blade you will get very clean and accurate cuts.

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

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#12 posted 03-13-2011 04:11 PM

I have a bigger 12” sliding makita but think they make a great miter saws. I had a 10” Makita when I had my business and used it for 9 years. As far as I know the guy I sold the business to is still using it. Have fun picking a new saw.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 05:04 PM

I don’t own either of these, But I have always looked at the service that I would get with each. Are parts available for the Makita and not for the DeWalt, Or the other way around? I like to have my tool working and looking good, not setting on the bench all apart waiting for the parts to come in.

-- Hvroberts, Up North In Maine

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 05:43 PM

we use the 12” compound sliding dewalt in our shop, it is bulletproof. we use a hitachi 10” on site very nice. hitachi factory recons at good luck with which ever you buy. laser is a definite plus for the makita. our hitachi has laser, dewalt doesn’t.

-- I cut it 3 times and it was still too short?!?

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#15 posted 03-13-2011 08:22 PM

STOP ! Look at the new Bosch saw. All sliding miter saws loose some accuracy due to “give” in the sliding system. I think you’ll be very impressed with Bosch’s cam style system.


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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