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Old 01-26-2012, 01:51 AM   #1
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Just a quick question i am sure that has been asked and answered a hundred time but here goes. I am currently in the market for a new miter saw. I know I want a 12in but am undecided on whether or not to get a slider. Since I already have a verygood job site table saw do I really need to go with a sliding compound miter saw or would a non slider be just fine. Also which brand gives the most bang for the buck. I will be using it for alot of trim and crown molding and maybe some other stuff in future. Any and all suggestions are welcomed and thanks in advance for all and any input.

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Old 01-26-2012, 05:49 AM   #2
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If the primary use for your saw is trim----you don't need a slider--

Look for one with the tallest cut against the fence---It's much faster and easier to make your cuts against the fence rather than laying the stock flat on the table and flopping the head each time you need to make a cut.

I have a slider and a couple of regular ones---the slider stays in the shop most of the time.

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Old 01-26-2012, 07:09 AM   #3
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mike is correct, the only real reason to up to a slider is if you need it to cut material wider than 8"

a 10 " non slider can cut up to 6", 12" will cut 8- 8 1/2" with the newer sliders a 10" can cut 12" and some 12" saws can cut up to 14"
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:30 AM   #4
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So if i am correct in saying this a slider would be a bonus for larger stockand eliminate the need to get out two saws it is not needed since i have a table saw or circular saw to handle the larger stuff the miter saw cant, correct, and do you guys have any recommendations on brands of miter saws that i should look at? I know all the big names out there but don't want to pay a big price just because of the name unless it truly a quality saw. I can tell you i am not a fan of dewalt but i know some people swear by them. Thanks for you help
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:58 AM   #5
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I have a 12" Hitichi slider, double bevel, lazer, it even has a digital readout for all the angles.
It will cut stair treads, 2 X 10's, 2 X 12's, laminite flooring in one pass.
It's a royal pain to have to flip a board in the middle of a cut.

If you go on Amazon.com and look at some of the saws at the bottom of the ad there's comments from customers that own the saws. This may help in making a decicion.
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In my humble opinion, a 10" slider > 12" non-slider. Plus, 10" blades are cheaper.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:13 PM   #7
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very true, for pro grade saws theres roughly $100-150 difference betwen a 10" and the 12" version of the same saw. then for blades your looking at about $20 difference.

just note. youll save money if you buy a higher quality blade with thicker carbide on it. they can be sent to be sharpened up to 6x. cheap thin kerf blades have very little carbide on them.. when they get dull toss em
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If you'll be doing mostly trim, and carrying it up stairs, don't get a slider. I love mine, but hate toting it.
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You dont need a slider to do trim work.
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Thanks for the info I believe I have settled on the makita LS1221. Let me know your opinions on quality or if there is one that i should be looking at instead.
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You're going to end up wishing you bought a saw with a double bevel, but I love Makita's soft start.
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makita will do you fine. bosch as well.. some people say dewalt but ive used several of them and found them quite unreliable for finish work as they can go out of alignment very easily which leads to a innacurate saw
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I f'd around too long on the miter box and the hand miter saw before I bought the power miter saw. Damn. I would tell all home DIYers to get the power miter right away. It is worth the investment.

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If you can afford it the new Bosch with the articulating arms instead of a slider. You will never need another saw and you will never regret not buying the more versatile one when the time comes.
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If you can afford it the new Bosch with the articulating arms instead of a slider. You will never need another saw and you will never regret not buying the more versatile one when the time comes.
Do you speak from experience? I've heard the Bosch is kind of sloppy after a short while.

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