Chicago Electric Miter Saw
I am on my second 10" Chicago Electric sliding compound chop saw this month, and number two will be going back tomorrow for credit. I thought I could save a few bucks as the saw looked solid in the store, but as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for." When I started up the first one, the motor smelled like it was burning up, the laser didn't work, and on the second cut I made, the blade guard somehow contacted the blade, shattered, and nailed me in the chest. I had spent a good amount of time setting up the saw, and everything was level and square, so I thought maybe being unfamiliar with the tool, I jammed the wood on the cut, so maybe it was my fault, although I had my old Delta for ten years and nothing like that ever happened. So, I took it back to HFT and they exchanged it for another one. Stupid me. When I got the second one all set up, I used it for an entire day, no problem, as I was extremely careful with every cut. First thing the second day, the blade guard contacted the blade, and although it didn't break apart, it jammed the saw so I had to use a rubber hammer to separate the guard from the blade. Needless to say, I'm going to spend the money for a top-rated saw after I return this thing tomorrow. Yes, you get what you pay for.