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Forum topic by DangerDoug posted 11-22-2013 02:59 PM 3404 views 0 times favorited 38 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-22-2013 02:59 PM

Lots of Sliding Miter Saws out there and can’t decide what to buy?

This Milwaukee is nice, but expensive and 12” blade, which may be more than I need.

Maybe a 10” Dewalt, which would be less $$ and can use 10” which would be fine, since have plenty of them.

Mail order is a bit scary; would be next to imposable to send back.
Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 11-22-2013 03:24 PM

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#2 posted 11-22-2013 03:27 PM

I’ve got the 12 inch one from Harbor Freight and really like it. I think it’s down to $120 at the moment. The default blade is a POS but a replacement isn’t too expensive.

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#3 posted 11-22-2013 03:38 PM

Depends on the size of wood you want to cut, does it need to be portable etc. A friend has an older Hitachi 8 1/2 inch and can ALMOST crosscut a 1×12 shelf and it’s light enough to pick up easily. I was going to but a Hitachi 12 inch slider and it was really overkill when I saw it in person. And 12 inch blades are a small fortune. I ended up buying a 10 inch Kobalt slider at Lowes. At $179 and for my needs it’s fine. If money were no object I would buy a Makita today.

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#5 posted 11-22-2013 03:55 PM

The Makita that syenefarmer linked to would be my first choice.
1. Cheaper 10” blades
2. Can crosscut over 12”
3. Hypoid drive gives clearance to cut 4” thick with 10” blade.
4. Double slide rails reduces clearance requirements behind saw.

The HF is tempting, but needs more than a 3 ft deep shelf or a clearance hole to install against a wall.
And, it requires 12” blades that get very expensive in quality crosscut configuration.

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#6 posted 11-22-2013 03:58 PM

I have the Hitachi C12RSH … can’t say enough good about it. No complaints at all … dead-on accurate, easy to setup and use.

The only possible downside I can see is weight … at 60+ pounds, you’re not likely to drag it around to jobsites (unless you have a pet gorilla). Mine is mounted on a fliptop stand with my planer.
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#8 posted 11-22-2013 04:05 PM

I own one of the Milwaukee’s and like it a lot. I bought it new but off Craigslist as I’d have a hard time justifying the new price. I think a lot of it comes down to what size material you need to cut and if your moving it. The 12” sliders are big and heavy so I wouldn’t want to be moving one all the time. I think a 10” slider could do a lot due to the slider aspect. However it’s nice to throw a 2×12 on there and cross cut it with a 12”. Mine is more or less permanently mounted on a saw station btw. Good luck.

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#9 posted 11-22-2013 04:20 PM

I bought the 10” Dewalt from Lowes last Christmas and so far, I love it. I thought about the 12” but it seemed like something I’ll hardly need especially since I have a dual compound 12” delta miter saw for crown. Lowes matched the deal I could get online for 399.00. That was the best deal available without having to rely on UPS.

HD has a deal now where you get the 199.00 stand included. that is a good offer too.

I was planning on replacing my old Makita with the new model but switched to the Dewalt after reading the reviews and considered the 30.00 savings. Big fan of both brands so it was a tough decision.

I bought the light for 36.00 from Amazon and now I can see very well. You can’t go wrong with the 10” Dewalt.

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#10 posted 11-22-2013 04:22 PM

Thanks Folks

I still have my old, super heavy Maktia 10” – router’ed out the guard for taller wood.
Thinking my days of lugging 2×12s and large saw are long gone and mostly working with sheet goods, and smaller projects – I like the idea of cutting wide/compound angles.

Have 12” radial saw and Delta saw buck, they are okay but don’t use them like the miter box. The Saw buck tends to tear-out quite a bit, and it is adjusted within spec.

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#11 posted 11-22-2013 04:54 PM

I also have the Dewalt 717 10” from Lowes. Love it. I put the led light accessory on it and I can see exactly where the cut is going to be with any blade. Accurate and tight.

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#12 posted 11-22-2013 05:20 PM

I really like the axial glide that Bosch makes, with no linear bearings and nothing protruding way past the back of the fence it would work perfect for where I have my sawing station. Just wish they offered it in a 10” model as I have over 40 10” blades and zero 12” blades. The Makita LS1014 is the one I really want as it only has two rails vs. the new LS1016 that has four. The 12” slider I used working in a millwork shop during college took quite a beating and never missed a beat, plus gear drive only with no belts to worry about means less to go wrong.

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#13 posted 11-22-2013 06:01 PM

A couple years ago I bought a small 8” (maybe7”) Makita slider. Hitachi makes a small one also but there are some not so great reviews of the newest version.

Anyway it is the best miter saw I have ever owned. Reason being that most miter cuts are precision and that means sneaking up on a cut and constant test fitting. Instead of having to walk back and fourth to the saw this little 20 pound saw goes everywhere.

There really hasn’t been too many times I was short in cut capacity as it really handles most jobs. Cutting crown is done on the flat vs upright.

The big saws are great but also figure ingo the price a dedicated stand and look at the weights. 60lbs is no joke in an akward package. Makita new 10” has better cut capacity of most 12” saws.

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#14 posted 11-22-2013 09:11 PM

Yo, bigblock, your wish is their command:

“Bosch Introduces Axial-Glide™ System to 10-inch Dual Bevel Glide™ Miter Saw”

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#15 posted 11-22-2013 09:38 PM

Yeah whole lota nice ones, makes it tough to decide.
I guess I can wait for the Baltimore tool show to check them out.
I’ll get over to the two big box stores before than also.

Didn’t know Makita had a 4 rail slider – thanks!

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