mitre saws - which ones ???

Old 08-29-03, 02:44 PM
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mitre saws - which ones ???

I want to purchase a mitre saw and want the best value saw since I cannot afford the $500+ ones, nor do I think I need that. Hope its the only mitre saw I ever need to buy.

For use on upcoming projects at home including installing hardwood floors, replacing all the millwork, as well as building a new deck next spring.

I have looked at Sears, HD, RONA...
I had my mind around a 10" compound saw, then I saw the laser quided...bells/whistles go on from there.

As always I need the advice of the experts on this site.

Many thanks,
Old 09-01-03, 07:24 PM
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I've had my Makita 10" mitre saw for fifteen years and it keeps on cutting.
I've never had a need to make a compound cut but would likely buy a 12" if I ever need to replace it.
You can't quite cut a 2x6 with a 10" blade.
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I have a craftsman 10" saw that is fantastic. Don't know much about the laser guided models and not sure if the laser is necessary (or a sales gimmick) but if you are going to use the saw for your deck, do yourself a favor and get the 12" blade because the 10" won't quite cut it (pun intended!) with some wood sizes. not to say you can't do it with the 10 (I built my deck with the 10 and it took a lot longer.
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I have a Delta 12" SideKick thats a great miter saw. Bought it when I built my deck. Came in very handy.
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When shopping for a miter saw; grasp the handle and try to move it side to side. If the blade moves a lot then it will not make accurate cuts. Also look at the weight and amp rating of the unit. I just bought a Ridged 10 compound saw but I also liked the slightly more expensive DeWalt. The Ridged is made in the USA, so that was another bonus.
Old 09-25-03, 05:28 PM
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i have a hitachi 10" compound mitre, slide saw. it is old, a bit beat up, but i have had it a long time and it has served me well. if i had to replace it, i would definitely get another compound slide saw. maybe even one that lays over to the right or left. they are expensive, but they are really worth it if you use the tool alot. Whatever you buy, get a good brand like Dewalt, Rigid, Porter Cable, Makita, Hitachi, ... oh, and by the way, Dewalt is made by Black and Decker, but B&D is the home owner line, wont last as long......
Old 09-25-03, 07:41 PM
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I recently bought the Ridgid 12" sliding compound Miter. I haven;t used it for any finish work yet as I am still doing some framing. the saw seems to be as good as the Dewalt. I also liked the lifetime waranty that comes with all ridgid woodworking tools.
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I would recommend a sliding compound saw. It will come in very handy for hardwood floors - you will also need a table saw to do long rip cuts. 10" is good, 12" is better. I would look for Hitachi, Dewalt, Rigid, and even Delta.

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