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Old 12-17-2011, 06:57 PM   #16
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I also bought a 10" and brought it back the same day. Not enough travel for me.
As a contractor, I can understand that. As a homeowner/diyer I can't remember ever needing to crosscut a 2x12.

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Old 12-17-2011, 11:42 PM   #17
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But if you have the money, radial arm is the cats meow FTW!
The OP suggests a $300 cap. You wont find a slider you'd actually want for that price.......or maybe this one;
http://www.tools-plus.com/hitachi-c8..._term=HTCC8FSE
that price doesn't seam right though.

ps. I've had need to crosscut 2x12, and even a 3.5x8 dimensional beam. Its better to have excess capacity than too little.

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The OP suggests a $300 cap. You wont find a slider you'd actually want for that price.......or maybe this one;
http://www.tools-plus.com/hitachi-c8..._term=HTCC8FSE
that price doesn't seam right though.

ps. I've had need to crosscut 2x12, and even a 3.5x8 dimensional beam. Its better to have excess capacity than too little.
Man that is a low price, you have to be careful who you buy from online now days, you may just be giving your info to a place in Nigeria so they can clean you out. You are also right about the $300 cap, looks like I just let that slip my mind, sorry.
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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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its very easy to find saws better than the dewalt, read some trade magazine tool reviews. both the bosch and makita rank higher than the dewalts.. and if you have the cash the festool kapex. ive used over a dozen different dewalts. only one was accurate for trim, ive used brand new dewalts right out of the box which i had to spend half an hour settting up just to have them cutting square also they were underpowered . running at close to 1000 rpms slower than my bosch.
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The OP suggests a $300 cap. You wont find a slider you'd actually want for that price.......or maybe this one;
http://www.tools-plus.com/hitachi-c8..._term=HTCC8FSE
that price doesn't seam right though.

ps. I've had need to crosscut 2x12, and even a 3.5x8 dimensional beam. Its better to have excess capacity than too little.
That's probably about right for an 8 1/2" saw. Heres another for the same $$
http://bigskytool.com/Hitachi_C8FSE_...l___i1117.aspx
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its very easy to find saws better than the dewalt, read some trade magazine tool reviews. both the bosch and makita rank higher than the dewalts.. and if you have the cash the festool kapex. ive used over a dozen different dewalts. only one was accurate for trim, ive used brand new dewalts right out of the box which i had to spend half an hour settting up just to have them cutting square also they were underpowered . running at close to 1000 rpms slower than my bosch.
Which Dewalt did you use, the 718s are Chinese, I agree that saw is not accurate and has slop or side to side movement. The saw I have is dead on and is as good as any saw. I might compare it to a Makita but not a Bosch and I am a big fan of Bosch tools.
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Just a suggestion and sometimes you can get very lucky with listings such as Craigs list, I would only be looking at the high end saws on there but you never know what you can pick up for 1/2 the retail new price.

There are alot of folks that will buy something and use it for a couple of projects and then decide to sell it as its not being used. You may even get a miter saw attached to a stand for half the price of the saw alone.

Something like this http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/tls/2758360994.html

Or this one http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/tls/2739843201.html

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hey jim, ive used several models of the dewalt only 1 was accurate and had any kinda of power... i hate the 718 and laugh how dewalt has simply added a couple extras to the last version and claiming its a brand new saw.. until they completely re-engineer it and have something that can compete with the axial glide its still black and decker homeowner grade stuff
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Just my .02, but if you're looking for something on somewhat of a budget and don't think you'll need much capacity I'd go with a Craftsman. My brother has a simple 10" model and he and I have worked it really hard on various projects and it always comes through just fine.

MY miter saw is a 12" Makita compound slider. That's a very nice saw. I absolutely love it. I know it's out of your budget, but if you were considering upping the ante I'd suggest that saw to anyone who'd listen.
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mentioning craftsman and being on a budget, if thats the case buy the ryobi from hd. its the exact same saw that sears sells only tagged craftsman.

most of craftsmans tools are made by ryobi only their a different color plastic and have a different name on em.. just look at the shipping tags on one of the boxes next time your in sears
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mentioning craftsman and being on a budget, if thats the case buy the ryobi from hd. its the exact same saw that sears sells only tagged craftsman.

most of craftsmans tools are made by ryobi only their a different color plastic and have a different name on em.. just look at the shipping tags on one of the boxes next time your in sears
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Usually the first 3 digits of the Craftsman/Kenmore model number will indicate who the manufacturer is.
315 is Ryobi. Sometimes knowing who really made it can save some trouble when buying parts.
http://professional-power-tool-guide...-product-code/
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Several years ago I bought a Makita 10" sliding compound miter saw and have never regretted the decision. Accurate and repeatable as all get out, and has gone through everything I've fed it cleanly and smoothly. That saw is one of my favourite tools. (Use good blades. Makes no sense to have a good saw with poor blades, or vice-versa.)

A better saw will cost more. As will better blades. Better tools always cost more. What's your time worth?

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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
Couldn't agree more. The Bosch is the way to go. But if your looking to stay under $300, Makita is a good option.
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I'd skip a 10" and go with a 12". Reason being a 12" will cut alomst any thing you need to cut A 10" will limit you.

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