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Forum topic by john1102 posted 11-18-2011 06:34 AM 3528 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2011 06:34 AM

It seems like for the price a sliding miter saw is the way to go. I am looking closely at the hitachi c10 fsh,makita ls1016 and the bosch 4310. Looking for user input on why they like or dislike these models, (accuracy, reliability, etc). Thank you for any insight that can be shared.

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 06:43 AM

I have the makita, soft start is nice, comes with a pretty nice blade. Once I got it dialed in makes accurate square cuts. Paid $375 at HD. If possible try to catch a sale or use a coupon.

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 06:50 AM

I have a delta and like it a lot but i will be glad to say i really like the dewalt 12 inch it is feature packed and i know it is much better to go a twelve in rather than a ten inch

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 06:57 AM

I have all dewalts. 10 inch standard 10” slider, 12” double bevel and 12” slider. My favorites are the 10” slider big capacity for what it is and alot lighter then the 12” slider and 12” double bevel is the most accurate. I run a 60 tooth freud ” cabinet makers blade” on my 10’s, on the 12” slider 60 tooth diablos used mosty for extior trim and on the 12” double bevel a forrest chop master( my interior crown , base and casing saw) but back to the point anyone of them are great saws just buy what fits your needs and there saw stand is great for its weight

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 07:02 AM

I have a Delta 10” and the slide does not address one short coming of most 10” saws. It will not cut “4 X” material.

The Mikita, I believe, addresed this issue by incorporating a hypoid drive which gets the motor up out of the way allowing cuts in thicker material.

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#5 posted 11-18-2011 07:14 AM

What Crank49 said is true, the makita has deepest in class cut.

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#6 posted 11-18-2011 07:51 AM

That Hitatchi you are looking at is a nice saw. Soft start, electric brake, oil bath for the bearings in the motor and I think a five year warranty. That saw has some great ratings. It was a bit more than I wanted to spend so I bought the C12RSH for the price, features an capacity. The thing is a beast, 65lbs and put it on a cart. Had to take it out of the box to get it in the trunk.

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#7 posted 11-18-2011 01:58 PM

I have the Makita 1016ls and it is a nice saw.

One of my requirements, since I end up doing a lot around the house was the ability to cut a 4×4. As noted above, it can do this.

Mine was pretty well set up from the factory, and only required some minor adjustment.

All in all quite pleased with this saw.

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 02:35 PM

I have had the 12” double bevel Bosch for a couple of years now. I like the double bevel. There isno need to have to double think when dealing with crown molding. The 12” size also makes it handy for larger boards. I haven’t found much that is too wide for my saw.

On the rare occasion when a board is too wide, then I use my table saw. But like one poster said, it is a big saw. Not very portable. Mine sits on a mobile base, and stays there.

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 05:15 PM

I just went through this same issue and narrowed it down to the new DeWalt780 and the Makita1016Ls. Both saws provide a small footprint, great capacity, have a light/laser, and are available locally. While I was leaning towards the DeWalt for the 12 inch capacity (and I’m a big DeWalt fan), I ended up getting the Makita. The advantages are the soft start, great blade, better clamp, and smooth slider (and I saved over $100). I like the concept of the DeWalt LED over the Makita laser, but so far the laser has been flawless. I don’t think you can go wrong with any major brand (I really liked the Bosch glide at the recent WW Show, but cost and sizer were an issue).

-- Arvid, Washington DC

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#10 posted 11-18-2011 05:26 PM

Does anyone have a preference on handle position ergonmics (vertical vs horizontal handle). The makita has a horizontal handle while the hitachi has a vertical handle. I also see the very expensive festool kapax went with a vertcal handle. Thanks

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#11 posted 11-19-2011 04:45 AM

i like a pistol grip easier on the wrist but both are good. you need to go play with them and see if one causes you pain in the wrist repeated motion is a bitch and can make you hate an otherwise comfortable saw. I had a wrist injury at work a few years back and they did surgery on it and it is a bit tender when i use it for days doing repetitive motion it is plenty strong it just hurts a lot co9mfort is a personal choice what do you like

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#12 posted 11-19-2011 05:27 AM

I have the Bosch 4412. This is the 12 compound saw. The handle can be unlatched and turned to the position you like. I have used this and Dewalt saws. I believe the Bosch is an excellent saw. Just my feelings for the saw. I think there are several good saws out there and this is one of them.

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#13 posted 11-19-2011 05:33 AM

I have a Ridgid miter saw and a table saw. I have used the sliding compound mitre saw for carpenter work on the house. I have used it and enjoyed it. I finally built a set of sleds for my ridgid table saw and I have NOT used my mitre saw since (on small and medium wood projects) It was a great purchase for working around the house on window and door trim and installing cedar siding but since I buillt the sleds I probably wouldnt purchase another one. Just my 2 cents worth.

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