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Old 12-16-2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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Help me choose a compound miter saw!


This would be to do basic crown molding for now. Eventually would be for regular household projects/repairs, etc....

Want to stay under $300.

Right now I'm looking at the DW713 (about $180)...

Any recommendations....

10 or 12
sliding or non sliding
brands to avoid?

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Old 12-16-2011, 10:33 AM   #2
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I have a Dewalt 10" non-sliding and I like it when I can use it. I did vinyl siding on my dad's house last year and it cut great, but the siding was double-5 so I had to flip each piece to finish a cut. So it all depends on what kind of projects you think you'll get into down the line.

When I was 90% done my neighbor offered to loan me his saw to finish the job, same saw, but it was a slider. The motor didn't sound as powerful and didn't cut as neatly.

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For doing molding upstairs, you'll enjoy having something small and light. For all your projects in the future, you'll REALLY enjoy having a 10" slider. But they aren't much fun to carry. Brands? I avoid HF, Ryobi, B&D, Skil, most Craftsman.

Makita, Dewalt, Bosch, Milwaukee, Porter Cable have all worked for me. Not sure about Ridgid.

Look for 13-15 Amps, good build, and easy adjustments. You'll be swinging the adjustments more than you think.

My miter saw's a Delta. I like it. But I'm not sure they make 'em anymore. The Shopmaster line isn't built as well.

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if your going to be installing crown your going to need a dual compound mitre saw.. meaning it bevels both left and right. if all your cutting is moldings a standard compound mitre saw is fine but if your getting into wider materail such as mdf shelving or 2x10's and want to cut it in one swipe you'll need the slider

personally i own a bosch and wont hesitate to buy another, makita's are very good saws.. dewalts are ok but require tuning upon taking them out of the package along with replacing the bearings more frequantly
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I have an older older Delta 12" that is a great saw---The Dewalt 12" is a good light weight tool

I had the Bosch -another strong heavy duty machine--although the one piece fence needed replacing twice as it wouldn't stay straight--

Get crown stops for what ever brand you get and cut it nested against the fence and the crown stops. You do not need the compound feature for most crown moldings---only huge profiles.
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For the longest time, Hitachi ruled the radial arm mitre saw world.
Nowadays, it's hard to find anything better than a Dewalt
(although, most people don't know, that B&D own Dewalt).

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In the 70s Black and Decker made a fair mitersaw believe it or not but after that good one the rest were junk. I have had just about all brands of saws over the years, I agree that Hitachi was the best of everything there for a while but not any more. I have the Dewalt 708 right now and it is as good as any saw I have ever owned. I don't like the 718 it is nowhere the saw the 708 is IMHO. I also have the 10" Hitachi for light and small cuts, it does an alright job but nowhere as good as the 708.
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In the 70s Black and Decker made a fair mitersaw believe it or not but after that good one the rest were junk. I have had just about all brands of saws over the years, I agree that Hitachi was the best of everything there for a while but not any more. I have the Dewalt 708 right now and it is as good as any saw I have ever owned. I don't like the 718 it is nowhere the saw the 708 is IMHO. I also have the 10" Hitachi for light and small cuts, it does an alright job but nowhere as good as the 708.
You know black and Decker makes dewalt, right?
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12" can cut one heck of a lot more than a 10"

sliders are pretty expensive, and you can't get a cheap one because the slider mechanism must be precise.

I have one like this
http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_101...&blockType=L10
It is a much better saw than Dad's 10" Makita
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12" can cut one heck of a lot more than a 10"

sliders are pretty expensive, and you can't get a cheap one because the slider mechanism must be precise.

I have one like this
http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_101...&blockType=L10
It is a much better saw than Dad's 10" Makita
But if you have the money, radial arm is the cats meow FTW!
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I would not trade my 12" slidding compound double bevel Hitachi mitre saw for anything.
I bought a Dewalt and it would not travel as far, had no lazer, and just was not as powerful.
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I would not trade my 12" slidding compound double bevel Hitachi mitre saw for anything.
I bought a Dewalt and it would not travel as far, had no lazer, and just was not as powerful.
That's a beautiful tool you got there.
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I looked on Amazon.com and knew what the price should be. I went into my local Lowes and there was 4 sitting on the floor still in boxes. I saw the price and it was lower then Amazons so I put it in a cart and started to leave. An employee came over and told me to put it back because it was shipped to there store by accident and was being sent to a larger Lowes because they did not sell that model in that store. Talk about a dumm a@@. I kept on walking and went to the register. Not only did I buy it cheaper I got a rebate from Hitachi for $50.00.
I can cut 2 X 11-1/2" wide stock, siding or stair treads in one pass.
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I've used a Hitachi C10FCH for years now and it's been a decent saw. They can be picked up for $165 new or about $100 reconditioned here:
http://bigskytool.com/Hitachi_C10FCH...r)___i391.aspx

I retired it from the shop a year ago in favor of a Triton 10" slider but keep it around for times I need to transport it somewhere, sons place, neighbor, backyard. Thing only weighs about 30#. I didn't want to get into 12" saws as the blade prices are quite a bit higher than the 10" and the slider gives me enough crosscut for 1x12 anyway. Haven't tried any 2x12 on it yet.
Anyway, have no complaints with the Hitachi, quiet, powerful enough for anything I've thrown at it and it's held it's setups admirably.
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I also bought a 10" and brought it back the same day. Not enough travel for me.

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