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Old 04-15-2011, 08:39 AM   #16
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I'm not that bad off! I was wondering how a laser could replace the washer. Sounds interesting, do they work?
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If you are looking for the direct link to the laser, here you go:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...0791_200320791
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Here is another vote against the Ryobi, it not only galded it also wouldn't cut accurate no matter how it was adjusted.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:28 AM   #19
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Here is another vote against the Ryobi, it not only galded it also wouldn't cut accurate no matter how it was adjusted.
I can't say anything about the Ryobi miter saw, but I did get each of my sons a Ryobi 18 volt "tool kit" for Christmas a couple years ago. Cordless drill, 6" circular saw, sawzall, etc.

Definitely not top-quality stuff, but for the little bit of putzy work they're going to be doing, the tools are good enough.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:05 PM   #20
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If youre gonna buy a miter saw dont just buy if for what you need now, consider the future too.
10" should be plenty for most DIY and ever pros, 12" will cut larger board but their more $$ initially and blades cost more too, which as youll find you can go through fairly quick. If you really want one that bevels consider a dual bevel (tilts left and right, single is only one side) You dont need the bevel option very often but when you do it makes cuts easier. Also if you can bring yourself to spend a little more a slider is worth every penny. When cutting its often much easier on you and the blade if you can slide through your cut versus having to cut through the whole face of the board at once, this is especially true if you ever plan an doing a laminate floor. Either way, buy a good brand and consider this to be an investment, not just another tool purchase.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:51 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the advice. I was recently at Home Depot and they had a Rigid 10" next to the Dewalt 10". The salesman could not really tell me the difference, but I noticed the following: The Rigid comes with a lifeime warranty while the Dewalt does not. Also, the Rigid had the laser built in and came with an extended fence. However, I liked the feel of the Dewalt as I tested the saw and brought the handle and blade down. It felt smoother. Any thoughts?

Also, I remember selling Dewalt radial arm saws when I was in college and that they needed calibration. Is the same true on the mitre saw? Also, is a stand necessary for the mitre saw? Thanks
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:05 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the advice. I was recently at Home Depot and they had a Rigid 10" next to the Dewalt 10". 1. The salesman could not really tell me the difference, but I noticed the following: 2. The Rigid comes with a lifeime warranty while the Dewalt does not. Also, the Rigid had the laser built in and came with an extended fence. However, I liked the feel of the Dewalt as I tested the saw and brought the handle and blade down. It felt smoother. 3. Any thoughts?

Also, I remember selling Dewalt radial arm saws when I was in college and that they needed calibration. Is the same true on the mitre saw? Also, is a stand necessary for the mitre saw? Thanks
1. That's not really surprising. Some floor people are professionals working there during their slow season, while others are complete doofuses. You'll want to do your own research.
2. Warranties are not always as they would first appear. Read the fine print.
3. I'm guessing the DeWALT is more expensive. Part of that is because it's yellow, and has a certain name on it. But DeWALT does tend to put out some pretty decent tools.

Bottom line: Get what you want. You're not in the "professional line" of tools, so nothing you buy is going to be awesome. But it'll probably be just fine for what you need.
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I have a Delta 12" that works great. Here is a review of the 10" model.
http://www.thisoldworkshop.com/delta...saw-review.htm
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Thanks for the info. I forgot about Delta. But when I searched for them online, it does not appear that DElta has miter saws any longer. Any ideas?
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You will find Delta at this website
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Old 04-25-2011, 12:29 PM   #26
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10" Makita sliding compound mitre saw with built-in laser and flourescent lamp FTW.

The built-in laser that mine came with works great and IS very accurate. I couldn't imagine doing any work without it, especially for precise cuts. The 10" is plenty sufficient for most molding/trim too. It's pretty quiet and the engine and sliding action is silky smooth.
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I have narrowed down the choices to the Dewalt 713 or the Makita LS1040. Any pros or cons? I really like the fence on the Makita and the feel of the handle movement as well as the miter adjustments.
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I think either one would be a good choice.

I personally would lean makita because anything that I have of theirs seems to be made fairly well.
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I have narrowed down the choices to the Dewalt 713 or the Makita LS1040. Any pros or cons? I really like the fence on the Makita and the feel of the handle movement as well as the miter adjustments.

I have a similar Makita (I opted for the slider) Its a solid saw. dead accurate out of the box after about a year Ive only had to adjust the bevel about 1/2 a degree. A friend has the slider as well, same result, his is about 5-6 years old and has seen its fair share of abuse and has never failed him! The Makita has my vote.
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:14 PM   #30
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I looked at both again this weekend and Makita just seem easier to use, slightly and I like the fence as well as the included clamp, so I have decided to stop obsessing and purchase the Makita when ready.

thanks to all who have indulged my questions.

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