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Forum topic by Razorburne posted 09-05-2014 01:11 AM 1195 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Razorburne

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09-05-2014 01:11 AM

This is the one I’m talking about:

http://www.homedepot...255SR/203132245

Anyone have any experiencing using one? For the price point, with the online reviews I could find, and the features, including the fact that it’s a double bevel and comes stock with a Freud Diablo blade, it seems like a good deal. But this of course is all what I see/notice as a newbie who has never owned a miter saw before. Therefore I defer to anyone who has owned or used one, or in general anyone who would like to chime in with something constructive to say.

I really like the Dewalt 780 with the XPS (instead of a laser)......my original thought was to get a less expensive Dewalt and add on the XPS system myself, but I am learning that the saws sold nowadays from Dewalt are now “Type 3” and are not wired to accept the XPS add-on. Crappy from a consumer stand point – genius from the company’s stand pt. —- force everyone interested in XPS to buy the 780 b/c it’s the only option, right? B)


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#1 posted 09-06-2014 09:18 PM

The doesn’t work for me.

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English

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#2 posted 09-06-2014 10:39 PM

Here is the link I think you were referring to.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-10-in-Sliding-Compound-Miter-Saw-with-Dual-Laser-Guide-MS255SR/203132245?keyword=203132245

I don’t have a slider. I use a standard DeWalt miter saw. I have used the sliders and I personally don’t care for them.

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 12:29 AM

I have an old Delta compound miter saw. bought it just before they came up with sliders.

I have always wished I had waited another 6 months and gotten the slider for the extra capacity.

That said, I don’t like the space a slider requires, and I wonder about the accuracy of the sliding mechanism.

Thought I had solved that problem by just getting a 12” saw without the slide. I felt it would have better capacity and would avoid the space and perceived accuracy problem.

Then folks say the 12” blades warp and flex too much.

Right now, the best bet looks like a Festool where the slide rods are moved forward over the work. But I’ll never be able to afford one of those.

So I have gone full circle and am back to looking at a 10” slider, or perhaps the Bosch Glider or Mikita with the hypoid drive and the dual rail system.

I think I like the Mikita for the best compromise and value. I think itis about the same price as the other 10” sliders.

Here is a link to a source that offers this saw at $449
http://www.wholesalepowertools.com/makita-ls1016l-10-dual-slide-compound-miter-saw-with-laser?utm_source=google&utm_medium=CSE&gclid=Cj0KEQjw4aqgBRCvwLDi_8Tc54YBEiQAs6DLvKBBH--OY26f1s-NMzYeHwTATbqrm2FYUaHUkAK2ADUaAhUB8P8HAQ#.VAuoSj90zbg

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#4 posted 09-07-2014 12:58 AM

I bought the Dewalt 12” (non slider) and so far I’ve been very satisfied. (I have a RAS if I really need the slider)

But if your situation does not allow the extra “back space” the slider requires, you might want to look at the Hitachi 12” CSMS. It has an interesting looking articulated sliding arm that allows it to be placed pretty close to the wall.

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#5 posted 09-07-2014 08:54 AM


I bought the Dewalt 12” (non slider) and so far I ve been very satisfied. (I have a RAS if I really need the slider)

But if your situation does not allow the extra “back space” the slider requires, you might want to look at the Hitachi 12” CSMS. It has an interesting looking articulated sliding arm that allows it to be placed pretty close to the wall.

- JoeinGa

I have the Hitachi SCMS and it’s great. I love the fact that I can place it much closer to the wall with the dual option slider.

Another big selling point to me is the independent fences. My previous Craftsman had a one piece, and it wasn’t perfectly straight. The two fences on the Hitachi allow you to get a perfectly straight fence.

The only issue I’ve had is that the brake isn’t kicking in as fast as it should be at the end of the cut. From what I’ve read, it’s the trigger that needs replacing. It’s only a $20 part, but I would expect this to be warrantied, considering the saw is less than a year old.

I would still buy it again.

It’s $449 at Lowes right now, but it goes on sale for $399. Then find a 10% coupon (they’re everywhere), and get it for ~$360.

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Razorburne

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#6 posted 09-08-2014 03:14 AM

Yup…that’s the link to the saw I was referring to…..sorry for the broken link

I had never really considered Hitachi, but I will now have to reconsider…...what is your opinion of the vertical, pistol grip trigger versus a more traditional horizontal one? I’ve never tried one with a pistol grip – first reaction is that it would feel odd somehow…..but that’s with no experience on my end. I’ll have to run to Lowes and test it out.

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#7 posted 09-08-2014 03:30 AM

I’ve used the Ridgid, Makita and the Hitatchi. I found the Makita and Hitatchi to be much more accurate than the Ridgid. The handle on the Hitatchi didn’t feel uncomfortable at first, but if you have a lot of cuts to make, it can get pretty hard on the wrist.

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#8 posted 09-08-2014 03:39 AM

While I would love to have a slider like crank wrote space is an issue. That being said having had to walk back and forth for projects in the yard to cut accurately I am looking into a slider on a mobile base of some kind that I can store outside under cover, out of sight etc etc etc….. yeah so like it will get done next week right? (laughing)

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