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Old 03-29-2009, 09:36 AM
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Might be getting time to replace my old Delta miter saw and have been looking around at what's available now. Looks like there's an awful lot of Chinese stuff out there with (former) good-name badges. I think the DeWalts 12" double bevel is made in Mexico, but i've read some pretty negative things about that brand lately. Not a contractor, but i do appreciate good quality tools that can take some punishment. Anybody got any good advice on these?
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Hydro, I have the DeWalt 8.5" mitre saw and the mitre saw stand. Very happy with it.
I would recommend it. You may want a bigger saw depending on what you plan on cutting with it. I replaced an old Makita 10" mitre saw (iron horse) , which i still have, with the dewalt and prefer the dewalt.


the saw

http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/to...productID=6058

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http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/to...productID=3150

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If you are looking for a better larger cutting saw, get a radial arm, if you’re looking for general cuts not furniture grade cross cut slide is fine...

All depends on your application/needs.


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You have to know what you want to do with it. The Dewalt 12" compound is a good saw for what it is able to do. I have 2 of them with the stands. I know a cabinet maker who wouldn't touch one. They have blabe runout due to the size of the blade. He used a Hatchi for his crown moldings
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My Dewalt 12" is a general purpose saw that's cut lumber, molding (base and shoe, not crown), aluminum, plexiglas, and still works just fine.
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check craigslist,not sure how things are up your way but here there selling them like hotcakes.I just bought a 13" planer and miter saw for under $300
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This Makita LS1013FL slide compound is the best compound saw I have ever used, and I've used just about all of them. Dewalts are junk and so are Hitachi's, Ryobi, and Rigid. I bought a 12" slide compound from Dewalt a couple years ago, only because I was in a pinch and I hate it!
One feature I like about the Makita is the laser. Normally, I don't even use the laser as a reference because I am constantly alternating which side I'm cutting on. But with the Makita, it has a little thumb knob that you can actually move the laser to either side of the blade. And the laser can be adjusted so that it is needle-thin. It's nice to see a company actually turn a gimmick feature into a useful tool.

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-LS1013F..._ob_hi_title_0
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I like Bosch. I also feel the 12" stuff isn't as accurate as the 10". I saw the Makita at a builders show, and it was a really nice piece also.

I would suspect the 81/2" saw is the most accurate and portable, if it's large enough. I cut most of my crown laying flat anyhow.
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
I like Bosch. I also feel the 12" stuff isn't as accurate as the 10". I saw the Makita at a builders show, and it was a really nice piece also.

I would suspect the 81/2" saw is the most accurate and portable, if it's large enough. I cut most of my crown laying flat anyhow.
I must say, I used to be a BIG fan of Bosch. But their quality has gone downhill over the last several years, though when it comes to any of their saws. I still prefer their jig saws and planers though.
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Originally Posted by Just1more View Post
This Makita LS1013FL slide compound is the best compound saw I have ever used, and I've used just about all of them. Dewalts are junk and so are Hitachi's, Ryobi, and Rigid. I bought a 12" slide compound from Dewalt a couple years ago, only because I was in a pinch and I hate it!
One feature I like about the Makita is the laser. Normally, I don't even use the laser as a reference because I am constantly alternating which side I'm cutting on. But with the Makita, it has a little thumb knob that you can actually move the laser to either side of the blade. And the laser can be adjusted so that it is needle-thin. It's nice to see a company actually turn a gimmick feature into a useful tool.

http://www.amazon.com/Makita-LS1013F..._ob_hi_title_0
Great looking saw!! I'm going to look into this one some more. That Big Orange store has it for $499, but you've gotta pay $25 to have it shipped to your house. Thanks for all of the replies, guys, its very helpful.
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Go with the makita will last a long time
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Dewalt 12" sliding- does the job!!!! Toolking? I don't know if they still around...
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DeWalt. 12". Mine is 10 years old and except for the shine cuts like new. 12" IS MANDATORY for cutting big stuff at an angle and has enough in the motor to do that.

Dont buy a sliding less than 10".
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I consider most DeWalt tools disposable - use the 12" sliding compound miter saw for two houses, and give it away. Biggest problem I see is blade "wobble" - even with expensive blades and right out of the box. If you let it get up to speed (most tools require patience!) it will cut fine. For a while...
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I have a Makita 10" compound slide. Excellent saw, get the laser, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Mine is about 1/2 degree off on the 90 degree, but right on on the other detents. I was swayed tothe 10" from the 12" by the advice of my tool guy, and haven't been cripled yet. I came from a 10" Radial saw, I miss a few things about it, but like the extra space. If you do many crosscut dados, get a radial saw, it is made for those.
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Originally Posted by skibum View Post
I consider most DeWalt tools disposable - use the 12" sliding compound miter saw for two houses, and give it away. Biggest problem I see is blade "wobble" - even with expensive blades and right out of the box. If you let it get up to speed (most tools require patience!) it will cut fine. For a while...
Change blade! Had same... You want big and all toys... well. I still love my 7? atleast old... Non disposable yet! Crapsman was
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I have the 12 inch radial dewalt and love it. I am not a contractor but build alot of cabinets and whatnots. I don't have any experience with any other chop saws though.
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I recently purchased a 12" Ridgid (made in Taiwan) and it's fine for casual, homeowner use. Heck, I had a 10" Craftsman miter saw for 15 years before that and it was fine for most purposes too.
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Change blade! Had same... You want big and all toys... well. I still love my 7? atleast old... Non disposable yet! Crapsman was
How did I miss this thread!

Skibum is correct - the Dewalt has a known blade flex issue and is a low grade piece of crap.

Another vote for the Makita, you will not be disappointed. I have different year models of pretty much all of them, and the one all the finish guys want to use is the Makita.

The only reason I have any dewalt stuff in inventory is because the factory reps give them to me for free.
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My friend is a contractor and has the 12" makita compound slide.That is a nice saw,much nicer than my dewalt.If I ever got a new one it would be either that or I would look at the hitachi

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