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DevilDogNurse

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1118 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

Hey all,

I’m looking to buy my first miter saw and would like your imput regarding what to buy. I’m leaning toward one of the 10” Hitachi’s right now. They look to be well made and the price seems good. Any reasons you can think of not to buy one? Would I be wise to spend an extra $100 on a DeWalt or Bosh?

TIA

Billy

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.


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Cosmicsniper

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#1 posted 1118 days ago

Do you plan on a lot of crown molding jobs or do you want it as primarily a chop saw?

Unless I’m doing crown or jobs on site, my 12” Hitachi is the most replaceable tool in the shop. If you have a good table saw with miter gauge and a circular saw for rough cuts, then I wouldn’t spend a whole lot on one.

It’s just something to think about, but it depends on how you use it…I consider it less a shop tool and more a job site tool.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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Delta356

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#2 posted 1118 days ago

Porter cable just came out with a new one. 12” single Bevel miter saw. Looks really nice. Lowes Sells it.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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SCOTSMAN

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#3 posted 1118 days ago

I bought two twelve inch deltas one for me and one for Alistair my oldest son we think very highly of them but makita and dewalt are also held in high regard with both of us.Hitachi has a good enough name maybe you should just bite the bullet and get the most highly recommended one here. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Loren

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#4 posted 1118 days ago

As long as you’re not getting into sliders, all the name brand saws
are good.

Look at the miter detents though. On some cheaper saws the
detents are made of plastic, not metal, and the plastic just won’t
last.

Weight is a concern too. I wouldn’t buy more saw than you need –
you can always get a bigger one later if you have a big job, but the
12” saws are around 45 lbs. and the 10” saws are much lighter. Sliders
get really heavy.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1118 days ago

I’ve got a $59.00 GMC and a $500 Dewalt. I use neither, except for maybe rough framing something quick; in that case, I grab whichever is closer. I’m with Cosmic, do you have a capable tablesaw? Do you have the space for a Craigslisted RAS? Both of mine chopsaws are dusty… and not from use.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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DevilDogNurse

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#6 posted 1118 days ago

Well…. I have a table saw, but it is not too functional. It has an 8” blade and the fence is a POS. I make a lot of outdoor type furniture and end up making many cuts. I think it would be an improvement to be able to set up a stop block and make repeatable, square cuts. I DO NOT have the room for a radial arm saw, and it would be nice to move the saw outside when the sun is out, ya know?

I’d like to make my table saw more functional by adding a new fence…. But that’s a subject for another post! ;-)

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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Loren

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#7 posted 1118 days ago

Well, not many upgrades to a standard table saw will allow you
to comfortably crosscut and miter stock longer than about 4 ft –
while a miter saw has unlimited length capacity as the work remains
fixed. For carpentry, especially outdoor work, it’s a very useful
tool to have on hand.

If you have a good table saw crosscut system a miter saw may
be redundant in making furniture-scale work, but for building fences
and decks and whatnot, the tool is a real time saver.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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DevilDogNurse

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#8 posted 1118 days ago

I was reading the reviews of the Hitachi saws on the Lowes site…. The biggest complaint was that the saw is not accurate (the 90’ stop is not at 90’) and that the fences are easily damaged….

-- Marine, Nurse, Dad.

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Howie

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#9 posted 1118 days ago

I’m with Cos. I have a 12” Ridgid on it’s own stand. Fine saw, just use it about once a year. Spend the extra on a TS unless you are doing an awful lot of trim work.

-- Life is good.

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JackhammerJace

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#10 posted 1117 days ago

Hitachi, Bosch, DeWalt, and Makita are all pretty good brands, but I’ve had better experiences with Makita. I’ve got a 10” Makita and that thing is still going strong after doing SEVERAL remodeling jobs, and trust me, it has been through a lot!
I’m not sure if this will help, but this article is good for those trying to decide what miter saw to purchase.

-- Jace, www.toolsandmachinery.com

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zfrme66

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#11 posted 1117 days ago

I’ve had the Hitachi C10FSH for years and was dead on out of the box,and still is. I agree with most of the others though about spending too much money on one when it’s not gonna be used all that much.My .02
Bob

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Bertha

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#12 posted 1117 days ago

As mentioned above, I own a Dewalt and a POS. Having spent some time here, I think the Hitachi would be the saw I’d be looking close at.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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BTKS

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#13 posted 1117 days ago

I’ve had a Makita 10 inch double compound bevel. I believe it is a 1013. I’ve had this saw over a decade and it is still dead on and dependable. With the double bevel and slide action, I don’t think the 12 inch is worth the cost of tool or blades. A 10 in isn’t as likely to warp and the slid action eliminates the use of the extra 1 in of capacity. The 10in blades are MUCH cheaper and cheaper to sharpen. My 2 cents.
The sliding saw knocked out the need for my radial arm saw and just about ended my use of the miter gauge on the table saw.
My 2 cents, good luck with the decision.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1117 days ago

BTKS, you’re consolidating tools. The whole point is to GET MORE TOOLs, lol:) He’s got an excellent point about the 10 v 12. Other than coolness factor, I can’t think of a real good argument for a 12. Unless you’re using primarily 4×4, maybe. If you’ve got a slider that’s dialed in and a nice workspace for it, I can imagine it being very versatile. I love Makita tools, always have. I’d take this advice to heart.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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StephenO

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#15 posted 1117 days ago

I have a Delta 10” single-bevel saw that for the most part collected more dust than it made. However, I am in the idea-gathering process of a wall unit build for my living room, so I knew that it was only a matter of time before the upgrade…

I went with the DeWalt DW718 (12” double-bevel sliding compound MS). Yes, it’s a LOT of saw-big and heavy, but I will need its capacity for the upcoming project. It can cross-cut 14” as it sits, and with the addition of two pieces of 3/4” MDF stacked on the bed the cut capacity increases to 16”.

Since buying this saw, it has seen almost much use as my table saw due to its large capacity. Pieces whose dimensions are a bit awkward (meaning more dangerous) on the table saw are a breeze on the big MS.

-- -Steve, Seattle

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