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Forum topic by mrg posted 10-09-2011 05:29 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2011 05:29 PM

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Does anyone know about the Triton sliding double bevel miter saws? I am looking for a slider and came across the Triton but found no info on Tritons website. Found a couple of mixed reviews.

What I am looking for is a decent saw that will last me and won’t cost a fortune. I am all over the place price wise. I have looked at Bosch, Dewalt, Kobalt, etc. Any feedback as to pros and cons of any of the saws would be greatly appreciated. Any brand I didn’t list suggestions also welcomed.

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 05:43 PM

10” or 12” ? If you are patient, you should be able catch something on a sale. HD, if you sign up for their emails, routinely has days where they take 20% off DeWalt tools. The 10” is usually on there. I have the Makita 10” slider, paid $375 at HD, and I really like it. Or you could also wait till they are offering free stands, if you want one, that is.

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 05:51 PM

Mrg, there are loads of mitre, chop saw, sliders…etc. reviews on here. After having been in construction for more years then I can remember, I have used pretty much all of them (they are certainly more suited for rough construction then for fine woodworking).

My favorite, and the one in my shop currently, is the Bosch 5412L. I like this one as all the controls are up front and easy to reach. I got the 12” for additional range…but now some of the 10” are giving that through mechanical means. For portablility I have the Makita 10” slider – the Bosch is better left as a stationary tool due to it’s weight and size.

None of these saws are particularly accurate without taking alot of time and putting alot of attention to set up….even then they are not the best way to get a precise cut. I hear that the Festool is much more accurate – the price reflects this – but I find that I use my mitre mostly for rough sizing and my TS for the accurate assembly cuts.

With that said, I would say that all of the brands you mention will get the job done. The best way to make them work a bit better is to spring for a high quality blade – that makes more difference in the cut then any of the sliding delivery methods – I have a Forrest Chopmaster that I got used and resharpened (they are pretty pricey new) – if you don’t mind paying a bit extra, this is indeed a great quality blade.

I would mostly stay away from the throw away brands like crapsman and ryobi…(if I come off as a tool snob for this so be it – I put alot of store into my tools – both as a professional and as a hobbyist and like to have tools that are quality and last a few years). Rigid has a great saw also and they are typically on sale at the big borg stores.

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 06:17 PM

I don’t have a slider, but my DeWalt 10” was dead on out of the box (and I really check). I’ve also heard good things about the Makita.


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