|Forum topic by Matt Przybylski||posted 12-24-2012 05:10 PM||7451 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
12-24-2012 05:10 PM
Happy holidays everyone!
I’ve decided to replace my 10” non-sliding CMS from Dewalt (713) with one of these two saws. Let me be clear on one thing up front. Price wise it’s almost the same to me. The Hitachi is $399 at Lowes and I have a 10% off coupon from the post office so that’d come to around $360 + tax. The Dewalt is currently $486 on Amazon + $25 off $100 deal + I have $86 in credit card miles which would make it $375 shipped (so really the Dewalt would end up costing slightly less).
My main concerns are wall space behind the saw (I have the ability to make as much as I need but personal preference would be to keep it minimal if possible) and just in general having a solid saw to cut wide stock. I normally use my miter saw to break down longer pieces of lumber but if I have a good slider I may put a really good blade in there and possibly do some finish cuts for panels or the like if possible (ideally I’d like to be able to do this but it’s not of the utmost concern, just a nice to have).
I’ve read really good things about the DWS780 with the XPS lighting system but the one downside seems to be the sliding mechanism and the fact that it doesn’t have bearings on both rails. The Hitachi has gotten great reviews as well (including here on LJs) and I like the way the laser adjusts (although to be 100% honest I don’t plan on using the laser to cut too much unless it ends up being dead nuts accurate) and the micro adjustment not to mention the rails and how you can position the saw to slide on them in a fixed position vs them sliding back.
I really can’t make up my mind here (although I’m LEANING toward the Hitachi) so any help and support for my decision would be greatly appreciated. If you have one or both of these saws can you tell me what you like/dislike about them?
-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com