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Forum topic by MiniMe posted 05-19-2018 02:20 PM 5030 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MiniMe

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05-19-2018 02:20 PM

Hi guys

I am looking at buying this saw but I am not very confident in my decision because of some of the reviews posted on Lowes.ca

https://www.lowes.ca/mitre-saws/porter-cable-10-in-15-amp-single-bevel-folding-compound-mitre-saw-with-laser-marker-pcxb115ms_g2903423.html

Apparently the motor dies quickly …

I was wondering if anybody has it and can share the personal experience.

My requiremetns (I am a weekend warrior, hobbyist)
-10” saw
-light and portable
-space saver is a bonus
-not very costly

I will use it when I am doing my floor (for the baseboards) and I am building a horizontal fence (I need to cut 1×6x10s to the right length)
I am not sure how much I will use for precision angle cuts, it will be mostly 45 and 90 degrees

What is your advice


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Loren

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#1 posted 05-19-2018 03:33 PM

If you consider the retail history of powered
miter saws, they’ve been falling in price
for many years despite inflation, or at least
not going up much, and they keep getting
new features.

Something’s got to give. I’ve seen quality
complaints about units from just about every
maker.

It may be the case that they just don’t make
them as well as they used to.

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josephf

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#2 posted 05-19-2018 06:56 PM

hey ,the more they sell bigger the chances of problems ,that is my general theroy of dewalt problems .anyhow ,sometimes you just buy it .do you like the saw ,does it do what you want ,how about the price . give it a try .just do it before a big project so if it is not right you can easily return .you say you will not being using it much ,this saw could work real well for you . Did you look at that big cobalt ,has a great dust shoot ,should do very well with a shop vac hooked to it . have fun !

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MiniMe

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#3 posted 05-19-2018 07:11 PM



hey ,the more they sell bigger the chances of problems ,that is my general theroy of dewalt problems .anyhow ,sometimes you just buy it .do you like the saw ,does it do what you want ,how about the price . give it a try .just do it before a big project so if it is not right you can easily return .you say you will not being using it much ,this saw could work real well for you . Did you look at that big cobalt ,has a great dust shoot ,should do very well with a shop vac hooked to it . have fun !

- josephf


I am looking for something easy to move and to store, low price
I am not happy with the reviews this Porter miter saw has
I could by this Hitachi for a like 20CAD more and it has 5 years warranty

https://www.lowes.ca/mitre-saws/hitachi-10-in-15-amp-compound-mitre-saw-with-laser-marker-c10fch2_g1193547.html

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Ripper70

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#4 posted 05-19-2018 07:44 PM


I am not sure how much I will use for precision angle cuts, it will be mostly 45 and 90 degrees

What is your advice

- MiniMe

In my experience, baseboard installations are rarely simple 45 and 90 degree cuts. The best fit for outside corners will usually need a few degrees + or – because no walls are ever perfectly aligned and square. So, you’ll probably need to make precise 88 degree or 92 degree miters to get the best fit. Inside corners are best fitted by coping one of the lengths against the other. A miter saw that can cut precisely could be a time saver in that regard as well.

Either saw will probably do an equivalent job of it but I’d prefer the Hitachi over the PC. The idea of a miter saw with a folding mechanism like that seems to imply less accuracy for the convenience of saving space. The more moving parts, the less inclined I am to trust to will stay true and square.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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MiniMe

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#5 posted 05-19-2018 07:54 PM


I am not sure how much I will use for precision angle cuts, it will be mostly 45 and 90 degrees

What is your advice

- MiniMe

In my experience, baseboard installations are rarely simple 45 and 90 degree cuts. The best fit for outside corners will usually need a few degrees + or – because no walls are ever perfectly aligned and square. So, you ll probably need to make precise 88 degree or 92 degree miters to get the best fit. Inside corners are best fitted by coping one of the lengths against the other. A miter saw that can cut precisely could be a time saver in that regard as well.

Either saw will probably do an equivalent job of it but I d prefer the Hitachi over the PC. The idea of a miter saw with a folding mechanism like that seems to imply less accuracy for the convenience of saving space. The more moving parts, the less inclined I am to trust to will stay true and square.

- Ripper70


I am inclined toward Hitachi too
The other option would have been a 10” similar deWalt 260CAD+ taxes more expensive
The Hitachi costs CAD200 no taxes

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josephf

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#6 posted 05-19-2018 10:33 PM

Wait ,I just reread your thred . I am not following this 88 or 92 degree thing for copes . Outside cuts yes real valuable to have saw that can cut as far past 45 as you can get . The limit of the 45 degree bevel on the hitachi would bum me out . Not say it is not a good saw .

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Bill White

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#7 posted 05-19-2018 11:02 PM

Have had a DW703 15A single bev. for about 15 years. It has met all I’ve thrown at it, and done it well.
Every “slider” I’ve look at has shown too much slot in the mechanism. (Not EVEN considering a Festool. Too expensive for me.)
Check your out carefully, and get a good crosscut blade (80th.).

-- bill@magraphics.us

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MiniMe

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#8 posted 05-20-2018 03:41 AM

Bought the Hitachi as it was lighter than DeWalt and 5 years warranty instead of 3 like DeWalt

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Ripper70

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#9 posted 05-20-2018 04:58 AM

Congrats! I think you made the right choice. Good luck with the baseboard makeover. I know those home improvement projects can be challenging.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 05-20-2018 08:52 AM

Lots of good saws out there, and some bad ones too. Many of the brands listed here are good choices. I can only speak to what I’ve got. My 10” Dewalt miter saw has been a reliable workhorse for me. Lots of miles on it. I move it to places a lot and it stays aligned. Then again I’ve got a Porter cable skill saw that is absolutely great.. not a miter saw but just an example quality and ease of use has been good.

Good luck in your choice. I’m sure you’ll choose well.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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dhazelton

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#11 posted 05-20-2018 11:24 AM

Re: the 88 degree cut – if a floor slopes away quickly from the corner…..

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josephf

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#12 posted 05-20-2018 01:30 PM

oh wow ,had not thought of that . that is was sad thought though . That kind of thing disturbs me . What this means also is you will have a dip which also means you will be scribing that base to the floor . A degree over 12’ is a big eye catching drop . Fortantly this is not something that has been an issue very often . Generally the small changes are dealt with by tweaking the base at the joint .

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josephf

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#13 posted 05-20-2018 02:12 PM

Trying to get myself in the Trim Groove . Inside corners ,cope . Cope often is not a 90 degree due the drywall mud or such . Your saw can handle that , I find myself preaching on the saws table /outfeed . seems to be over looked and under valued . I do love doing trim . Might be the best part of my job .

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