I recently bought a Miter saw.. I am quite new to woodworking so have never owned one before.. I watched videos on how to use it as it just wasn’t as smooth as the videos said.. I took the fence off and assuming my table is flat, it should sit flat.. Shouldn’t it?
Originally Posted by Larry Schweitzer
Even if you try to bolt that fence on as straight as you can, it won't be good. Return the saw and spend a bit or a lot more $ to get something useable. A fence has to be perfectly parrallel or your cuts will be poor. Makita makes an acceptable series of miter saws. We've got one of their 12" compounds, surprisingly good. Best miter saw in the shop is an Omga, worst is a Dewalt. But there is a big price difference, not comparable. Lots of home shop guy like the DeWalts. A high quality blade will cost more than the most expensive blade at Home Depot and probably not worth their price on a cheaper saw. You get what you pay for! There is a certain pleasure in using fine tools.
I would return the whole saw and get something else.
Omga better be the best with their lowest model starting at over $1400.00
I don't know why you say Dewalt is the worst. My fence is straight, 90* to the base and the angles are dead on and repeatable.
What else do I need from a miter saw?
A beginner is NOT going to throw down $1,400.00 for a miter saw.
I wouldn't either. I own an older 12" sliding compound Dewalt 708 has a great reputation, and an older Bosch 4405, a 10" sliding compound. Both are accurate and easy to adjust the settings on.
If you go to the box store and get their home brand of miter saw, that would be Rigid from Home Depot, Masterforce from Menards, or Craftsman from Sears, you will get a reasonably priced saw that will do most operations a home shop will ever need. Replace the blade immediately and it should perform great. You do not need professional quality... I.E. Festool, Omega etc.
The other way to go are the name brand tools, Makita, Dewalt, Milwaukee and Hitachi, for a better quality saw:
Finally, the choice between a 10" and a 12" will probably be the 10" versions. Unless you are cutting wide sections of crown molding, no need for the 12".
Home Depot and Menards have great customer service and seldom ask questions when returning anything.... didn't need it, it's defective, it won't stay adjusted etc. are simple truthful reasons for a return.