Should I replace Ryobi 10" miter saw with HF 12" double bevel?

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Forum topic by Senorbutt posted 01-31-2014 10:07 AM 1332 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-31-2014 10:07 AM

HF has a “12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System” on sale for $140.
I currently use a 10” Ryobi single bevel sliding miter saw.

Is this a good time to upgrade or will I not see that significant an improvement?

Please bear in mind that I can’t afford any of the big name brands and I am not afraid of HF products.

The HF saw

The Ryobi saw, or close to it

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 10:34 AM

Depends on your usage. I get more accurate crosscuts from my table saw, and only use the miter saw for long pieces like molding. A 12” slider wouldn’t benefit me much.

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 11:41 AM

Unless you’re commonly cutting really thick material, I don’t see that much value in a 12” miter saw. Less selection of blades and the blades tend to be more expensive.
If your Ryobi is getting the job done, you should consider keeping it. If you think you ‘need’ the additional cutting capacity and/or angle configurations….then you might might consider an upgrade.
Most LJs get by without a 12” machine.

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 01:33 PM

My father has the Ryobi 10 inch, and I have the HF 12 inch slider. I much prefer to use his. It’s much lighter, takes up much less room. The cuts are at least as accurate, and there has been only one time I cut something that the Ryobi didn’t have the capacity to cut.

Like knotscott, I also get more accurate cuts from my table saw.

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 01:56 PM

Thanks for your response guys.
I too tend to do most cutting on the TS but I figured I might as well ask.
And now maybe I can rationalize spending that money somewhere else : )

Thanks again

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 08:35 PM

Since I built my miter and crosscut sleds for my TS I rarely use a miter saw any more. Sometimes I use it to break boards down to shorter lengths before jointing.

I just couldn’t deal with the inaccuracy/setup time when cutting out face frames.

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 08:37 PM

I replaced my B&D Firestorm 10” with the HF 12” single bevel slider. No regrets aside from the fact that it is stinking huge. Like most sliders it has a big footprint. But function wise it is well worth the sacrifice in floor space to me. I use the space under it for extensive storage so no biggie…

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#7 posted 01-31-2014 09:29 PM

I assume you mean compound mitering when you say double bevel do you? Anyway only buy this feature if you think you will need it. I would prefer the harbour freight twelve inch, as I like the extra capacity, plus I like the sliding arm. However that’s only my opinion, and also it seems good value for the money .If it is a reliable model and well made etc only you U.S.A. Citicens would know, as I am in Scotland and as far as I know Harbour freight don’t operate or send to the UK .Have safe fun. Alistair

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 09:45 PM

Just my opinion, but…..............
Ya pays your money and ya take your chances.
I much prefer a miter saw that will have repeatable accuracy.
I have no faith in a laser cut line. Just too wide for my needs.


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