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Old 05-02-2007, 02:05 PM   #16
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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.
Although everyone has given good advise, for some reason, I found yours to be most helpfull. Thanks a lot for your input, and I'll try to talk the wife out of the crap force saw.

Thanks agian, everyone!

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Old 08-21-2007, 08:28 PM   #17
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I was walking through the tool section of Sears with the wife, heading STRAIGHT for the garage door openers. We needed a new one, because the one that came with the house didn't have a remote, and it had the laser safety devises CUT, so you had to HOLD DOWN THE BUTTON when closing the door! IT WAS NOT COOL, to say the least! Well, we saw that Sears was having a "Brown Bag Sale," where you get 15% off anything you can fit into a brown bag. I didn't pay much attention to that, as I was greatful to FINALLY get my garage door opener! Well, I spotted a Craftsman 10" sliding compound miter saw on sale. My wife made some kind of comment about, "I'm suprised you're not begging to get that, too!" Long story short, I walked out of sears with a garage door opener (With Die-Hard battery backup and all the bells and whistles) AND a 10" compound miter saw!!!!!! The salesman asked me, "Do you want me to ring that up for you, too?" I said, "If you can fit it into one of those brown bags, YEAH!" I got the saw for under $200!!! I have finished a chair rail in my daughter's room. It turned out VERY good, for a DIY'er. I'm not a pro, but I don't think anyone (other than knit-picking pro's) will ever see my flaws! I've cut a few 2x4s and other things, but I'm VERY happy with the saw for the price. After doing a chair rail in a non-square room, I wish it had the dual-bevel feature, and I wish I could fine tune the miter angle. For the price, I don't think I could beat it. I also got the extended warrenty on it, just in case. I now see what you all were talking about with the laser. You really can't see it, unless you turn out the lights! No, thanks! Anyways, thank you all for your opinions and help!
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:33 PM   #18
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Chicago Electric is good if you want a $79 saw to build ONE deck. I actually got three decks out of one once.. no kidding. But it has no brake, the guard was removed because the mechanism wore out and became more dangerous than none, all of the clamps, adjustments, scales, etc were stripped, worn out, sloppy, etc. I take good care of my tools it was just plain warn out. I wont give it away because it is too dangerous. Now I have a like new Craftsman I bought used for $40 so can't go wrong there. About the only thing I use that for now is finish work (trim) or woodworking. I like plain old circular saws, I built my entire garage including trusses with my Porter Cable Circ. I really like my Porter Cable stuff btw too.
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Old 08-26-2007, 10:51 PM   #19
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id go with a rigid if i were you. They have reconditioned ones floating around and when you buy rigid you get an amazing warranty, and you get the quality of a dewalt for a lower price. Personally i think Hitachi tools for one look like children's toys and don't offer the same quality in design as brands like dewalt and rigid. A tool is something that is mean to last for YEARS. Dont cheap out, get what you pay for. And if you wanna go the extra mile and get dewalt, lowes sells the 12" dewalt for 300 or home depot sells it for 400 with a free circular saw or sawzall.
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:37 PM   #20
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We use a Hitachi 10" slider on the job and it is a great tool. It slides nicely will cut almost anything and it is lights. I dropped 700 dollars on a Craftsman 12" slider that I hate. It is sitting in my shop right now collecting dust. What a waste.
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Yes craftsman ,though made by other manufacturers has slid pretty bad in the power tool department. I have a cordless 18 volt drill that had the worst chuck on the planet. I had it changed out by a local tool repair shop.

If you get a non slider and want to build a deck you will definitely want a 12".

BTW the power miter is the number one tool for amputation injuries, even above the table saw. so get a good one with brake and well designed guard. Never use any power saw with the safeties defeated.
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the dangerous way of using the miter I experienced before is to try to cut a really short piece.... as there is little you can grap, the kick back that make the small piece shot your face like a big bullet....
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When you need to cut a short piece like that, fasten it to a larger piece of scrap wood with double sided tape, cut carefully through both, then seperate it. Saves fingers, among other things....
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Thanks.... I should have thought of that that time.....
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Old 10-27-2007, 11:41 AM   #26
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Back in May, during memorial day, Lowes was having a sale on delta 10" compound/non-sliding. You get the saw, rough blade and stand for $99. You then got a $50 lowes gift card rebate. I then had to buy a finishing 32 tooth blade, $19.97 at wally world, I assume you're going to have to get a 32 tooth blade with any saw. So net I spend $80 (including 7% tax) for my set up and my $50 gift card paid for my chair rail stock. It cuts great, I will say it's like a 12 step process to change the blade, IMO is the only negative.

I did window trim for seven window, chair rail and "frames"/judge panels/wainscoting. A pic of my work can be seen a dozen thread down from here. Last on my list of things to do is crowns and then chances are I'll never use this saw again in this house. My house is a very cheap new cookie cutter house. Hence why my really tight budget.

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