Which meter saw is a good choice? Skil saw,Ryobi ,Makita or Hitachi?

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Forum topic by ashahidan posted 07-31-2013 10:26 PM 9220 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2013 10:26 PM

I intend to buy a meter saw . I visited a number of machine shops yesterday and found many expensive and cheap meter saws . The cheap ones are all from China or Taiwan. Some people said China made meter saws were OK but I just couldn’t trust the quality of their products though some of the saws looked alright.

Then there was a big Skil sliding meter saw with laser marker but this machine was also made in China for Skilsaws. Skil was sold by Bosch at less than US$300.00. Bosch meter saws ,the ordinary type, was expensive.

There was only one Ryobi saw . I knew Ryobi was reliable but the agent had stopped importing new models. I liked the Hitachi and Makita brands but they their prices were about US200.00 and they were not sliding types.

Please give your opinion before I make a wrong choice.


-- asm

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#1 posted 07-31-2013 10:47 PM

I think you mean a miter saw.

If you want the best it may be Festool. If you’re looking for something adequate I’d check Mikita, hitachi, and Bosch. All models aren’t created the same either. You may want to narrow your list down and get feedback on specific models.

Just my opinion.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#2 posted 07-31-2013 10:57 PM

Hitachi and Makita brands are good saw’s, , they do make sliding compound miter saws in these brands, maybe you can ask if they can order one for you, that is my recommendation , i hope that you enjoy which ever saw you buy, they are a nice tool to have..hope your well…bob

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#3 posted 07-31-2013 11:14 PM

The models available in Malaysia are going to differ from
what we get in N. America.

Here, Ryobi is cheap brand that does the job but doesn’t
hold up to rugged use. In Asia, Ryobi makes professional
grade machines too, but those are not available to us

There’s a lot less to go wrong with a miter saw that
doesn’t slide. A slider can get permanently bent
out of accurate if dropped and I’ve read that some
people have observed sagging from the weight of
the saw head making the saws inaccurate over time,
even without rough handling.

Keep in mind the travel of the sliding head must be
parallel to the machine bed. If it isn’t, you can’t
tell with straight cuts but when the saw head is
set to bevel there will be problems.

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 12:10 AM

I have the Makita 10” SCMS and the Hitachi 12” SCMS. Both are great saws.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 07:03 AM

Here is a 12” skil with a 15 amp motor with all the bells and whisle’s its been working great in my shop for the last 3 year’s and I use a lot of oak. And it runs $ 200.00 and I would put it up againest the high dollar saw’s any day.

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 02:45 PM

I am not trying to bad mouth makita, but we had 2 of these at work and within 3 months they were absolutly junk. The DC is worthless, the blade guard wouldn’t come up on its own, and the fence had to be completely removed in order to make a compound cut.

I am partial to dewalt. this is my choice for a slider. but as said before you can do most everything you need without a slider. this is going to be my next saw. I have an older C-man version of this. The real benefit is the belt drive to keep the motor out of the way when cutting tall material

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#7 posted 08-02-2013 04:24 PM


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#8 posted 08-02-2013 05:01 PM

Recently I bought the 12 inch Hitachi. So far, I like it much better than my previous two miter saws.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 08-02-2013 09:00 PM

I have the DeWalt DWS780. Similar specifications to the Skil above, but significantly more expensive than $200. I’ve used mine for cutting aluminum using a non-ferrous metal blade and it’s like butter. Very accurate and repeatable.

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#10 posted 08-02-2013 09:32 PM

I am now undecided. I saw all good 10 inch blade miter saws are expensive . Not really too expensive but all beyond my budget. I am not a hard user and I would not be using the saw very often. Yet if I buy a cheap miter saw I am scared to think of its reliability because all dealers here give 6 months guaranty period on cheaper saws.

Most dealers insist that there is no problem with parts but I know many dealers in Malaysia do not seem to care much about their promises.

I read a few reviews on Skil saws and all seemed to say that Skill is good. The reviews are dated before Skil saws are Chinese products.

The good brands here are Hitachi, Makita, and Bosch. No Fess tool ,Porter G and any other US brands here . I will take more time before making a purchase. I will continue using my Hitachi saw for the time being.

Thank you to all who had responded .

-- asm

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#11 posted 08-02-2013 11:30 PM

Last company I worked for (this year) had Hitachi sliding miter saws. They needed to be adjusted over and over to stay true, however they were also getting heavy use. I have a Ryobi miter saw, that I’ve used for years and it has always worked just fine, but I’m the only user, and it is not a compound miter saw. A friend of mine who is a contractor has a Makita sliding compound miter saw that gets moved around all the time, and as I have seen, not always with the greatest of care. I’ve used it many times and was very much impressed. Another friend who is a full time cabinet installer, has a DeWalt which he is not at all happy with. I use my table saw and sliding table for compound miters, but as I recall you are looking to make a TS. If I was looking to by a miter saw I’d go for the Makita. I don’t recall what I paid for my Ryobi, only that when I bought it I was worried that a saw that cheap might not hold up, but at the time, it was all I could afford. Still happy with it.

-- Fredj

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#12 posted 08-02-2013 11:36 PM

ARound here DeWalt is the only name in miter saws that I trust. Go look at them at Lowes, built very well and it has all the things you need like a great fence and very accurate turntable. Mine isnt a slider, but I’m not opposed to flipping a board over now and then.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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