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Old 01-02-2013, 02:34 PM   #1
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For my fellow handymen, thought I'd point out this new saw I found. It's a 7 1/4 sliding compound miter saw that is very lightweight. I actually can't find it on the crappy Kobalt website, but I think it's only 22 pounds. So not only is it a lightweight miter saw, but it's also sliding and will cut up to 8", so you can still cut through most dimensional lumber while being very portable at the same time.

This was a great saw for me, and I guess the reason I'm mentioning it is it's the only one of its kind that I know of. I'm a Home Depot man myself, and obviously this is only available at Lowes. A guy at Home Depot said he thought Ridgid was coming out with something similar, but there's no mention of it anywhere I can find. Nothing at Harbor Freight.

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http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/po...r_saws/TSS101L
http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...6452%2d%5f%2dN

With these you could build a real deck and cut real floor joist.

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So? The whole point is the Kobalt is lightweight and very portable. The saws you pointed to weigh literally twice as much and have a much larger footprint as well. There are a million of those kind of saws.
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the kobalt saw is the exact same saw as the mastercraft maximum saw sold at canadian tire in canada. makita makes a cordless 7 1/4" slider that runs on the 3.0 amp lxt batteries.. i cant remember if their still making a corded version.. dewalt used to have a corded model
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Sorry, should have mentioned I'm only familiar with US market. Not interested in cordless versions :-)

Having said that, I don't see anything like it on the Canadian Tire website.

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Really neat saw. But for only $109, how durable will it be? Keep us posted.
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I don't know how durable. I'll get back to you in a year if I remember though :-) I guess the point being, it's not a $250 saw, which is good for the occasional user who wants to move the saw around and not spend a lot of money. Obviously construction guys are going to want a bigger and heavier duty saw.

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I don't think this saw will be very handy for any kind of framing other than maybe basement walls. Not gonna cut through most bearing headers (2x10 or 2x12) Not gonna make the angle cut for anything above a 2x6 rafter, etc. Even for a deck job, it won't cut through many joists, make angle cuts for handrails, or cut stair treads. Last year I bought a used Hitachi 8 1/4" slide for $100. If I can pry it away from my brother, I could tell you how good it is for occasional framing. It weighs in at about 10 pounds more, but will cut most framing items.
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those old hitachi sliders are awesome.. then again hitachi invented the sliding mitre saw..

actually a finish carpenter on contractor talk just got one ... says its ok.. says hes pretty sure it wont last long. hes just using it for cleanup work , meaning 1/4 round and the odd peice of missing trim at the end of jobs.. he wanted something light weight so he wouldnt have to bring in his bosch axial glide or makita 12" slider
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I think your missing a key point.....7 1/4".......

Except for cutting moulding and 2x4's laying flat, you won't use it for much else.....
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I think your missing a key point.....7 1/4".......

Except for cutting moulding and 2x4's laying flat, you won't use it for much else.....
Huh? I'm not missing anything. This is not a be-all end-all construction saw. I like it because it's 7 1/4". I want it for cutting molding, but also being able to cut larger things if I have to.

Name another saw that is 23 pounds, cuts 2x8s straight, and cuts 2x6 at 45 deg. Obviously it's good for cutting molding. The point is it's very portable and can also cut up to 2x8 if you need to. And like any miter, can cut 2x12 if you have to by flipping the stock over. The point is, it's 23 pounds.

If I wanted a DeWalt S780, that's what I would have bought. It cuts 2x12s without flipping over the stock. It weighs in at only 56 lbs, and costs a mere 5 times as much.
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Huh? I'm not missing anything. This is not a be-all end-all construction saw. I like it because it's 7 1/4". I want it for cutting molding, but also being able to cut larger things if I have to.

Name another saw that is 23 pounds, cuts 2x8s straight, and cuts 2x6 at 45 deg. Obviously it's good for cutting molding. The point is it's very portable and can also cut up to 2x8 if you need to. And like any miter, can cut 2x12 if you have to by flipping the stock over. The point is, it's 23 pounds.

If I wanted a DeWalt S780, that's what I would have bought. It cuts 2x12s without flipping over the stock. It weighs in at only 56 lbs, and costs a mere 5 times as much.
23 Lbs? Wow......oh yea.....

Ok.....reality....

While it might be easier to carry around....wait until you start using it.....there is an advantage to weight....it means the saw is not walking all over the place. When you start using it on long pieces of wood, you want it to stay put. If it's too light, your going to have issues keeping the wood on the rip fence.

There are times where a light tool works against you....I think this is one of them.

I have the Ryobi saw....ok...so it weights over 40 lbs....and I 'might' move it once 'now and then'.....It's not like your going to be moving it several times a day. Typically, you set it up and leave it there until your done.

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