Miter/Chop Saw good or bad buy

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Forum topic by Darryle posted 02-11-2013 08:47 AM 1109 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2013 08:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

First post here and I know a little late asking for advice on whether the saw is a good buy or not. I kinda jumped the shark per say, but I was thinking the saw would be a good starter saw for my new endeavor.

I tried everything, Rigid 10” radial arm, Rigid 10” Table saw, band saw)I had with so-so results on cutting shotgun stocks. So I called and talked to several members @ Shotgun World about what type of saw they used and ended up buying this, this morning:

15” Japanese made Hitachi miter/chop saw, for shotgun stocks it seems perfect. It has a big bed that looks well made for a fixture and clamp. It is smooth, powerful and square. The only potentially bad thing is, it has a thin kerf blade, but it is a carbide 108 tooth and the blades are over $100 if I ever have to replace it. I have the guide/shield but not the screws, the original owner removed it and lost the screws. I found the parts in stock online and ordered them as soon as I hit the door. It does seem like a very well liked saw, even if I don’t find any reviews on the various wood working forums, places like Northern Tool and Amazon had favorable reviews of it.

I spent several hours online last night researching miter saws, then found this one on Craigslist, he was asking $200, but readily accepted my offer of $100. I have seen them listed from a little over $600 to just over $1000, but don’t know if it was a steal or not.

I have plans to build a 5’ or 6’ work bench to bolt this and my Grizzly 12” PSA disc sander down.

What if anything do I need to know about this particular saw? Any tips on building a fixture for clamping down “nice” wood stocks? I planned to line the fixture with felt unless someone has a better suggestion.

I hope I learn a lot from you guys. I am in the market now for a quality table saw, but will be buying it new.

Sorry for being long winded on my first post.

Thanks, Darryle

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