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Old 04-25-2007, 08:03 PM   #1
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I'll cut to the point: Lookin for a miter saw for crown molding, chair rails, base boards, framing(2x4's), deck, etc... I like Hitachi (from what I've seen, never used a Hitachi miter saw), and I think I'm getting a 12" saw. They are on Ebay reconditioned with a 1 year warranty for under $200 SHIPPED! You would think that anything that would fail on a saw would happen within the first year, so I'm not too worried about the fact that it's reconditioned. Also, the seller has over 10,000 reviews, at over 99% positive feedbacks! Do you guys think I should go with that, or get a different brand/go with new/go with a different size or style saw?
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I've had good luck with reconditioned tools. Luck is the key word. I do have a Hitachi circular saw that I bought on Ebay. It was reconditioned. No problems, works great.

What is the seller's name? Maybe I have bought from him.

I agree with your reasoning with the year warranty. If it doesnt give you trouble in the first few times you use it, it probably won't.

Many reconditioned items have very minor defects and are always testing to ensure they work properly

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The Hitachi 12" saw is nice.

Reconditioned is not a bad move, especially with the price cut they offer.
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I'll cut to the point: Lookin for a miter saw for crown molding, chair rails, base boards, framing(2x4's), deck, etc... I like Hitachi (from what I've seen, never used a Hitachi miter saw), and I think I'm getting a 12" saw. They are on Ebay reconditioned with a 1 year warranty for under $200 SHIPPED! You would think that anything that would fail on a saw would happen within the first year, so I'm not too worried about the fact that it's reconditioned. Also, the seller has over 10,000 reviews, at over 99% positive feedbacks! Do you guys think I should go with that, or get a different brand/go with new/go with a different size or style saw?
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Sounds like a good deal....

FWIW - Have you considered a sliding compound. Hitachi also makes some nice ones. Sliding gives you more cutting options, especially on wider boards. Yes, you will pay $100.00 + more, but the additional capabilities that you get are nice. They are also better for cutting wide crown molding.....Just something to think about.....
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Sounds like a good deal....

FWIW - Have you considered a sliding compound. Hitachi also makes some nice ones. Sliding gives you more cutting options, especially on wider boards. Yes, you will pay $100.00 + more, but the additional capabilities that you get are nice. They are also better for cutting wide crown molding.....Just something to think about.....
I've THOUGHT about it, but I can't find a good deal on a slider. The wife wants to spend around $200... I decided either a sliding 10" or a stationary 12". I STILL can't find a sliding 10" in that price range. Right now, I can't justify spending that much on a saw I won't use THAT often. If I start using more than expected, I could always sell my stationary saw on Ebay or something to help cut the cost of a slider.


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I've had good luck with reconditioned tools. Luck is the key word. I do have a Hitachi circular saw that I bought on Ebay. It was reconditioned. No problems, works great.

What is the seller's name? Maybe I have bought from him.

I agree with your reasoning with the year warranty. If it doesnt give you trouble in the first few times you use it, it probably won't.

Many reconditioned items have very minor defects and are always testing to ensure they work properly
ewarehousedirect is one of them. Here's one of the links:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hitachi-12-Dual-...QQcmdZViewItem

and another.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Hitachi-12-Dual-...QQcmdZViewItem



I guess they don't have any for under $200 with shipping, but they're not TOO much over. Let me know what you think!
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Don't be afraid to stop and look at places that buy and sell used items, especially tools (I am not talking about Pawnshops).

I have purchased alot of use tools from a chain called 'Cash Convertors' in my area. Alot of the tools are virtually brand new. Some home owners will purchase them for a job, then the tool will sit for 6 months and then they might go to a store like that and sell it. I have purchased approximately $3000.00 or 25 tools (to put in our other work trucks) from them with absolutely no problems.
I am selective about the tools I purchase, and they stand behind their sales. (Brought back a dead battery and they gave me another one)

Just another point to consider....if you are bargain shopping. Check local adds too...
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Too bad you're not near me, you could just borrow one.

We have about 5 of them sitting around in our storage garage....

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I wouldn't personally recommend either of these two options at Harbor Freight, but I'll post the link for you anyway. The best thing about this place is they have lifetime exchange policy on their tools, and hassle free refund within 30 days.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91852

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90891
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I wouldn't personally recommend either of these two options at Harbor Freight, but I'll post the link for you anyway. The best thing about this place is they have lifetime exchange policy on their tools, and hassle free refund within 30 days.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=91852

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90891

Why exactly would you not recommend them? I really like the 12" slider! Is Chicago Electric not that good of a saw? Have you had problems with them? Let me know. Thanks!
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Most of us here are tool snobs. We want the best and brag about our tools. Given that, the stuff from Harbor Freight is not high end, but definitely serviceable. If you have problems with it anytime, just take it back and trade it in for another one. I have friend who loves his Chicago Electric tools, and I have a few myself that have held up well (die grinder and bench grinder). Wasn't too happy about the cheapo floor nailer that I bought though, but I returned it.

Therefore, if you don't use your tools that much (ie. don't need contractor grade), don't want to overspend, and want something that will get the job done, then consider Harbor Freight. They have retail stores around the nation.
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I would personally take a $200 Hitachi anything over a saw from harbor freight. For me, I ended up getting a Makita 1013LS 10" slider. Not sure of price. Good deals often come up at http://www.heavydutytools.net/Scripts/default.asp subscribe to their email newsletter and every so often you will get emailed about some great deals. They wont fill your inbox with SPAM. Unfortunately they do not stock things they do not get deals on so you cant always shop there.
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I have a cheap mastercraft miter saw which is kind of the first major tool I bought also from Ebay for $50 bucks, that time I am not aware what is good brand and what is not ... to be honest... it's been working great so far... may be I never try a good brand to see the difference....
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Has anyone personally tried the "Task Force" brand? I found one at Lowe's... It's a 10" SLIDER for just under $200!!! I think I may go with that one, seeing the much longer cut you can make with it. I compaired it to the Hitachi 12", and it's got almost TWICE the cut length! I'm not going to use it everyday, but it will get it's fair share of use. What do you guys think?
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Has anyone personally tried the "Task Force" brand? I found one at Lowe's... It's a 10" SLIDER for just under $200!!! I think I may go with that one, seeing the much longer cut you can make with it. I compaired it to the Hitachi 12", and it's got almost TWICE the cut length! I'm not going to use it everyday, but it will get it's fair share of use. What do you guys think?
My impression is its junk.

If you are still leaning towards it. Check the following
How can you adjust the blade square to the table? Eeasy, hard or not possible? Does it tilt left and right or only one direction? Can you adjust the 45degree stop(s)? How about adjustment of the fence to your 90 degree cuts are square? Cant? Easy? Hard?

My point is, if you can adjust and tune it so it makes a correct cut, then you can maybe get by with it.

If you can adjust it, then get a decent blade. A very good blade on a crap saw will make that saw possibly passable in performance. The best blade is the Forrest Chopmaster.
http://www.forrestblades.com/chopmaster.htm

That blade is a good upgrade for ANY factory blade and its sharpenable so its a good long term investment.

Oh, and your saw will be immensely more useful with a good stand. I have one of these
http://www.amazon.com/TracRac-24322-...199881-6457416

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I've got the same saw that Brik has. Makita had a promotion where they threw in a drill/driver with purchase of their sliders. I love it and baby it when I need to move it.
It sounds like you have quite a few projects lined up. Buy a good tool to begin with especially where your work will be there for everyone to see. If you were only doing framing then exactness isn't that critical.
For me, every time I try to save a few bucks on tools, I end up either giving the tool away, bringing it back to the store, or throwing it away. I then buy what I wanted to begin with. I bought a Ryobi jigsaw and ended up with the Bosch jigsaw. I was given a Task Force tape measure for Christmas, I was swearing at it all the way to the trash can.
Although I haven't seen Task Force's slider I'm not a fan of the brand. With the big box stores, you could always buy it, try it, and if it's less than what you need, return it.
As far as reconditioned, I'm not one of the lucky ones. I've never gotten more than a year out of reconditioned anything.
I'd say, given your budget, buy a good non-sliding miter saw.

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