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Old 03-26-2011, 06:49 AM   #1
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I'm in the market for a miter saw but i keep seeing certain terms like single bevel, dual bevel, compound, etc. Can you folks explain to me the different terms and things i should look out for when shopping for a miter saw? My first inclination when browsing tools is to go to Sears and look at Craftsman tools. Do they make good saws? I'll also be checking out Home Depot and internet reviews.

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Here’s an article that explains it well.

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...miter-saw.aspx

What’s your budget for a new saw?

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Old 03-26-2011, 08:22 AM   #3
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Probably $300 maybe more if the expensive one does special tricks
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Hereís an article that explains it well.

http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-...miter-saw.aspx

Whatís your budget for a new saw?
That's a great article.

Some more considerations:
Home/shop or commercial use?
Space it will take up
Weight if you're going to be moving it a lot
Capacity 8" 10" and 12" ...some are strictly for trim
Ease of use. Some of these new saws have so many gadgets on them, you have to be a techno geek to use them. ....and they break......

This will be argued, but, IMO Lasers are a gimmick but have their place. The true cut is the one that you actually watch the blade touch the wood, instead of relying on the shiny light. A lot of lasers are too bright or to thick to allow you to see what's really going on.

Blade guards that operate smoothly

"Startup kick" some saws will "jump " when you pull the trigger. Dewalt is known for this. Makita, Bosch and Hitachi are very smooth.

There are more but these, and the FHB article should give you information overload...
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Probably $300 maybe more if the expensive one does special tricks
$300 won't do any tricks.......


One thing you didn't mention...are you looking at sliding compound miter saws?
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This will be argued, but, IMO Lasers are a gimmick but have their place. The true cut is the one that you actually watch the blade touch the wood, instead of relying on the shiny light. A lot of lasers are too bright or to thick to allow you to see what's really going on.
For me itís all about accuracy and for that a slider is the only way to go.

Over $300 but the trick it does that a standard chop saw wonít is allow you to put the blade right on your mark, wherever you place it on the board. A standard chop saw canít do that.

I recently did a job out of State where I was relying on other peoples tools and a standard chop saw was all I had to use. It drove me nuts trying to achieve the same level of accuracy with it as I can with a slider.
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I agree on the sliding compound. Some will say that the sliding part leaves too much play, but that hasn't been my experience. I too run the blade out to the mark to locate the cut - it's either that or you have to transfer the mark across the piece with a square. I also like the ability to miter left and right so that you don't have to reposition the piece when making a miter cut (a vertical bevel). A 12" sliding miter saw has a lot of cut capacity too (around 15" horizontal). A standard miter saw has about half the capacity.

A slider cost around $600 and a standard costs about $300, so you need to figure out what sort of capacity that you need and how much cash you have.

DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, and Milwaukee are all good products (maybe Hitachi too - I don't have any experience with them). Once you've made up your mind on what you need and can afford, go to Amazon to price them and see what other say in their reviews.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=...37&rnid=552894
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I second wirelessG comments. I have a 10" Makita sliding compound miter saw, absolutely great for repeatable, accurate cuts. No laser, I too am old fashioned, I put the blade on the mark, works every time, no issues.
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I have this:
http://www.craftsman.com/shc/s/p_101...=miter&prdNo=5

I've had it for about a year and I love it. I've done crown molding, baseboard, door trim, window trim, fascia boards, PVC, laminate flooring, you name it. For a DIY'r it's a great tool for the money, even comes with a decent blade.

I have it on the SKIL stand, nice stand and fairly portable once you fold it up:
http://www.amazon.com/Skil-MS3300-Mi.../dp/B003LSSS2K

You won't be disappointed with either, and they're both affordable.

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