|Forum topic by BryanC||posted 06-15-2014 11:27 AM||6539 views||0 times favorited||33 replies|
06-15-2014 11:27 AM
Hello all, I am an amateur woodworker. I have only had 2 real projects so far. I’ve built a 10 person poker table and a dresser. This summer I am building a bunk bed for my daughters. I want to do more projects and more often so I also decided to build myself a workbench and plan to use Ron Paulk’s Total Station as a guide. The biggest problem is that I don’t have many tools… Circular saw, drills, sander, kreg jig, and that’s about it.
With all of this in mind I then go out shopping for some tools, and at this point I don’t want to rent a miter saw anymore. I end up at home depot and I buy the Ridgid R4120 for $299. It felt a little pricy but it has a lifetime warranty and included a laser. It was only single bevel but that isn’t a show stopper for me, I don’t mind flipping a piece over lol. However, when I got home I just happen to stumble on some good deals at Amazon.
$199 – DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single Bevel Miter Saw Type 3 (free shipping, 3 year limited warranty) and
$229 – Hitachi C12FDH 15 Amp 12-Inch Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Laser (free shipping, 5 year warranty)
Much cheaper and from what I’ve read better brands.
DEWALT DW715 concerns – I see nothing but good reviews, however, the DW715 being produced is currently Type 3. I’m not sure if the reviews I see are about the Type 3 or its previous versions. I hear that the Type 3 is made out of much cheaper parts and is lower quality… which makes sense for it’s price to be lower. Even the DW713 10” is priced at a higher price of $260. Also the type 3 has compatibility problems with the accessories. For instance the laser and the led light are not compatible with it.
Hitachi C12FDH concerns – Whenever I see any rankings of saws in the 12” miter saw category, this saw isn’t ranked very high. I’ve seen mix reviews about it. I’ve heard someone say their engine blew out from cutting a 4×4. I also heard that the fence has problems and leads to accuracy issues. On the other side I’ve heard great reviews saying that it works great and cuts are very precise. Of course every saw will have good and bad reviews, but the Ridgid at least has a lifetime warranty just in case.
I think in the end I would like a long lasting 12inch saw that does great precise cuts every time and is easy to maintain and work with.
Should I keep the Ridgid (still in the box), or are one of these saws a better option and could save me some money? Really not sure what to do and any advice would be greatly appreciated.