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04-07-2008 11:17 PM

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My lovely lovely wife gave me $300.00 for my birthday day and told me to go buy a power miter box saw I have been wanting. I have picked out three saws that I have been considering. So my fellow Lumberjocks, convince me which one of these saws I should buy and why? Cost is not a factor. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

1. Dewalt DW716, 12”, Dual Bevel Compound, $309.00

2. Makita LS1221, 12”, Dual Bevel Compound, $289.00

1. Bosch 3912, 12”, Dual Bevel Compound,$299.00

God Bless

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 11:19 PM

I don’t have any of them, but the Bosch looks nice.

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 11:37 PM


Happy Birthday – and your wife is quite generous.
I have the the DW 716 and a little disappointed it does not have the laser feature – I have done some crown molding with it and it does a real nice job in being VERY precise to scale. One other point it comes with a all purpose blade – if you are looking for finer finishing you will definitely have to upgrade the factory furnised blade. But I have no complaints with it.

Best of luck on your choice, hopefully you will get some additional feeback on the others.

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 11:58 PM


I have to agree with Francisco’s comments. I have a Hitachi slider and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Just something to consider. Another point to consider it that the 12” blades are a little more expensive. I would agree with Bill’s comment that you need to replace the blade that comes with it.

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 12:10 AM

tom i have 3 hitachi 8 1/2 sliders and love them 1 of which ive had for at least 15 years and they work every day they are well known for accurite cuts . its a bit small but will do most anything i need .

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 12:13 AM

id second the hitachi 81/2in slider. i don’t have one but all the reviews are good. don’t get it at Lowes though. they charge 425 for it there while on Amazon it is around 300

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 01:15 AM

The only reason I did not know about buying a slider miter box saw was I thought they might have some movement. (Never owned or used a slider.) Ok we will open this up to any brand or model. Cost is not a factor.

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 01:24 AM

I have an Hitachi 10” non slider that I am 100% happy with. Plenty of power, dead on cuts. I was on a budget so the slider was out when I got this one but if the slider is anything like this one it would be a very good saw.
Mine does have the laser and I find it very useful.

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#8 posted 04-08-2008 01:38 AM

I like the Dewalt.

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#9 posted 04-08-2008 02:27 AM

I’m on my second P-C 12” compound miter box. This one has the laser and darn if it ain’t a handy feature. Curious though, I got the second one at Lowe’s for twenty bucks less than Amazon. I haven’t used a slider so I can’t speak to those BUT I admit that I have lusted for the Bosch on occasion. The Hitachis have a strong following with the pros.


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#10 posted 04-08-2008 02:14 PM


If you are going to open this up and budget is no consideration then I would opt for the slider without hesitation. My first saw was an inexpensive Craftsman which only beveled to the left. But within a year or so I opted for the 10” Hitachi slider. I would probably let my tablesaw go before I would give up the slider. With a 10” version you can crosscut up to 12” wide boards. And with a quality blade in it you can produce glass smooth crosscuts in hardwood or plywood.

I don’t think that brand is an issue. At this level you are going to get a quality tool irrespective of the manufacturer.

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#11 posted 04-08-2008 02:48 PM

I Would get the sliding compound. My first slider only had a single sliding arm ( I went cheap… mistake). Now I have a 12” Double compound slider with dual sliding arms and what a different it made with all my cuts.
I agree with Scott about the brand not being a issue.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY and good luck with your choice of saw

-- Larry

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#12 posted 04-08-2008 03:03 PM

I’ve been using a 12” DeWalt for about 4 years. It is still very accurate and the blades are available anywhere. I recommend it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 04-08-2008 03:04 PM


I, like most of the others say, would get the compound slide miter. I have used my old sears slide compound saw for years and am lusting for a 12” Ridgid slide compound saw. I have used several chop and slide saws of different brands and for me the Ridgid is the most desirable. Life time gurantee too!

You have a very sweet wife, or is that a guilty wife?? Ha Ha!

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#14 posted 04-11-2008 06:41 AM

Tom ive had the 10” makita for years i had a dewalt befor it for about 3 years and a makita has out lasted it by about 3 years so thiers my 2 cents once you go slider youll never look back except for i do keep a cheap 10’ miter saw around for takeing to do like framing and stuff the slider has basically become a permanet fixture in my shop do to the fact that it waighs a ton

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#15 posted 04-11-2008 07:15 AM

I have the Bosch. If someone tried to take it away they had better be moving fast…

Other than calibrations- which are simple, it has loads of power, accuracy, and range of cut.

I didn’t like the DeWalt- too noisy & wouldn’t hold a setting.

My 25 year old Ryobi still cuts perfect 45’s though… just something to consider. That’s the one I take to high end trim jobs.

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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