|Forum topic by ubermick||posted 02-08-2013 09:05 AM||1048 views||0 times favorited||27 replies|
02-08-2013 09:05 AM
Hiya folks. I’ve been a long time lurker getting a potload of great advice, and so wanted to ask one of the newbie type questions that I’m sure you’re all sick of answering.
I currently own a Ridgid 10” mitre saw, but am frustrated by it’s lack of reach, so plotting to pick myself up a sliding compound saw. (My table saw is a piece of junk, that I can’t for the LIFE of me square up properly. Then again, it was $129 at Sears five years ago…) I’m a FIRM believer in buying the right tool for the job once, since I’ve learned the hard way that cheap tools rack up the costs fairly quickly in the lumber and time wasted fighting with them, but also know that I don’t make my living off this, so top of the line certainly isn’t needed. But am under enforced budgetary constraints, thanks to She Who Must Be Obeyed. Essentially, I have $300-ish to spend.
Anyways, obviously I’d like a Dewalt – Home Creeper currently has the Dewalt DW718SP on sale for $399 (figure you can’t beat that for a 12” slider double-bevel) but it’s discontinued so only available in stores that have them in stock. (None within 100 miles of me). Would have been perfect, combined with a Harbor Freight coupon (which I lovingly FORCED my local store to accept, ahahaha.)
So started looking at Craftsman. Sears currently has a 10” slider on sale for $189.99, but based on the reviews, don’t think it’d be much better than the Harbor Freight equivalent that’s half the price. Then there’s Ryobi and Kobalt. I’d heard that Kobalt and Craftsman are basically the same, and I’ve NEVER had anything good from Ryobi.
So started looking at Craigslist. And after about a half hour of clicking on ads and shouting “WTF IS THIS PERSON THINKING?!” (why are people under the assumption you can buy a tool, use it for a year, let it sit in their garage for another year, and then try selling it saying “It sells new for $500, so the price is $400 FIRM) gave up on that.
Are there any other choices out there for a whipped beginner like myself? Or am I better served by just keeping my hands in my pockets, and getting something better?
-- Gaz. Irishman who lives in the San Francisco area, and tends to ruin more wood than he should.