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Topic tags/keywords: delta 36-322l bosch 3912 miter saw

Hello everybody,

I need a “new” miter saw, and found a Delta 36-322L for $185 on CL. Budget is tight, but I don’t want to buy a saw that will die after a year either.

Should I have any concerns about buying a used saw, several years old? Do any of you have an opinion on this saw? Is it worth the asking price?

The price is right for me, but there are other potential saws in the same price neighborhood, the other saw I am considering is a Bosch 3912 (although I do kinda want the nifty laser on the Delta).

I would love to have your input or opinion on the matter. Should buying an older, used miter saw concern me, so long as I test it out and it appears to be in good condition? Do you guys have any thoughts about the quality of the saws I mentioned?

Thanks for any input, I hope to post my first LJ’s project soon!

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#1 posted 524 days ago

Hopefully someone more qualified will chime in, but I can tell you that my miter saw is a Makita 10” that I bought second hand. In my case, it was well worth it and works just fine. No experience with laser, but not sure it would be a selling feature for me.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 524 days ago

Hmm and now a DeWalt DW706 just showed up as well, cheaper than the others…

Thanks for the input, Sandra, how long have you had it for? And although the laser certainly isn’t a deciding factor, it is a bit of a “cool” factor to me. I certainly would buy a saw without one.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#3 posted 524 days ago


If I was looking at used mitre saws, I would probably look at them a little differently then looking at say a large used stationary tool. Even if a large stationary tool is used and abused, they can be rebuilt and upgraded to make a nice piece of equipment for the shop.

On the other hand, if a mitre saw has been used and abused, other then putting a new blade on it, it’s not worth putting other money in one to rebuild. A quick visual can usually give you an indication of how the saw was taken care of.

-- John @

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#4 posted 524 days ago

If you are worried about the saw not working in a year or two, you don’t have to worry to much. They will go for a long time, and it is pretty clear when they are on their last leg. The bearings will screech and sound horrible. The bigger concern is the settings wearing out. Lock it on a miter and see if you can wiggle the saw portion. Same for the bevel to see if there is play. If it is a slider pull it out and see how much the sliding bars have been worn by how much it moves side to side. Even it is worn it will still work for rough cuts but precision will be hard to maintain.

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#5 posted 524 days ago

Thanks for the helpful advice guys, really helps. Does anybody have strong opinions when comparing the delta, Bosch and dewalt models listed above?

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#6 posted 524 days ago

I think there is far less reason for concern about the
accuracy of a standard compound miter saw than
about a slider. Sliders can get damaged by being
dropped or even (allegedly) start to sag if they
are stored improperly.

Generally with used power tools, look at scuffs –
if there are a lot of them it was probably used
hard on jobsites and may be on its last legs.
Usually there will be little parts broken off and
stuff like that too. If the tool looks clean, it
probably hasn’t been used a lot.


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