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Forum topic by rpearlberg posted 06-15-2012 01:08 PM 1745 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2012 01:08 PM

I can get the Skil 12” Saw for about $123 or the DeWalt 10” for about $140.

Should I go with the bigger name and quality and get the DeWalt, or the bigger (more features) of the Skil??

I need to pick one today!!

This is just for home use and random projects…..

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#1 posted 06-15-2012 03:05 PM

DeWalt for sure. The new Skil stuff is pretty weak. As they say in Texas: All hat, no cattle.


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#2 posted 06-15-2012 03:05 PM

If a 10in saw has enough cutting capacity for your projects, I would definitely pick the DeWalt. Several reasons:

Overall quality and precision—the DeWalt saw will stay in alignment better and has better table, fences, miter stops, etc. Also a 10in blade will have less deflection than a 12in blade, especially when using the thin kerf ones that are so popular.

Cost of blades—10in replacement blades will cost much less than a similar 12in blade

Size—Don’t underestimate how much more storage room a 12in saw takes and how much more it weighs. Unless you have a dedicated miter saw station where you will never have to move it again, it is a real consideration that often gets overlooked.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 06-15-2012 03:07 PM

Thanks!! Seems like the smaller, better quality DeWalt is the better choice over the cheaper, but bigger Skil…..

Any other thoughts? I plan to pick it up tonight….

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#4 posted 06-15-2012 03:12 PM

I have the Harbor Freight 10” slider now for about ten years. I’m not advocating you buying HF, but the ten inch size for just home projects, which is exactly what I bought mine for, is more than enough. All the reasons for the 12” being wrong above are true – when I had to choose, I automatically went with the 10”. Stable, cheaper blades, less deflection, it’s all true. buy the Dewalt and never look back.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#5 posted 06-15-2012 03:15 PM

I guess the other option is to find a used DeWalt on craigslist….

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