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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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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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I've got one----Very handy tool---I'm glad I own it----
 

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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.....
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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Ok.....reality....While it might be easier to carry
around....
Might be easier to carry? No, it is way easier to carry. Reality. And I have been using it. It comes with clamps if anything starts walking.

I own it, I use it, I like it, so I came here to share my experience. While you are just guessing. Not sure exactly what the problem is, but if you need a parade to pee on, maybe you can find one elsewhere. You're not going to convince me it's not good for what it's designed for.

It's not like your going to be moving it several times a day.
Actually it's exactly like that.
 

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Might be easier to carry? No, it is way easier to carry. Reality. And I have been using it. It comes with clamps if anything starts walking.

I own it, I use it, I like it, so I came here to share my experience. While you are just guessing. Not sure exactly what the problem is, but if you need a parade to pee on, maybe you can find one elsewhere. You're not going to convince me it's not good for what it's designed for.



Actually it's exactly like that.
You might want to go back and edit your original post.....it's not real 'obvious' that you already have the saw.....and it would appear that I'm not the only one who thought you were 'thinking' about the purchase vs already bought it....

So you have it and your happy....Ok.....

I'm not trying to 'pee on anyone's parade'.....I just know from using a 7 1/4' saw that I wish it was larger....and dragging my 45+ lb Ryobi around is not an issue either....I never considered the weight to be a problem....but not being able to cut a 4x4 in one pass would be a problem.....
 

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I just know from using a 7 1/4' saw that I wish it was larger....
Sorry, you're just not making sense to me.

Let me see if I can explain this one more time.

I have a sledge hammer, and I have a 7 oz, not to mention several others. I do not want to put a sledge hammer in my portable little handyman toolbox. Neither do I want to swing a sledgehammer to knock in some little nails or tap something into place.

No, I do not wish my 7 oz hammer was heavier, nor do I wish my 7 1/4" sliding miter saw was larger, nor do I wish my #1 Phillips head screwdriver was bigger, nor do I wish my 150 grit sander was 40 grit, nor do I wish my 1/4" drill bits were fatter, nor do I wish my 1 1/4" drywall screws were longer.

If they made 1 1/4" drywall screws that could be extended to 2" if I needed in a pinch, that would be a nice feature though.

Is this making sense?

If there was another saw like this in the world I was aware of, I wouldn't have bothered posting this. If you don't appreciate the unique combination of attributes this saw provides, then don't buy it. It's not the saw for you. But if someone wants to buy a moped, don't bother trying to tell them it can't go as fast as a car, and they might get wet when it rains. They want a moped - not a car - for a reason. They know a car has 4 wheels and their moped doesn't - they get it, I promise you.

I have a bigger miter saw, and I don't like carrying it around with me. It's heavier, it has a bigger blade, it's more expensive, but it can't even cut as wide as this Kobalt because it's not sliding - widest is 2x6.
 

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jeffnc, I think it's a good purchase and a good deal. I've been looking for another saw myself and I've used some Kobalt tools and they aren't bad.
I've had my Craftsman 10" saw for 20+ years now and it's a great tool.....unless you want to move it around more than once a day. If it was any heavier I'd put it on wheels. I'm sure the tool will serve you well and don't forget to check back after you have it a while. Best of luck:thumbsup:
 
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