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Once again for anyone that missed my first post, I am glad to be here, and hope to learn a lot.

I am soon going to be in the market for a miter saw. I have been borrowing one from a friend of my father's and need to bite the bullet and purchase one for myself.

What is a good saw for a young man to purchase that will not break the bank, but also, will not be a useless piece of junk in a couple of years? My space is limited as I am in college, so a 12 inch sliding is probably out of the question.

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I'd recommend a 12" non sliding saw. I haven't found a low dollar SMS worth a crap. I personally believe a quality non slider is more accurate than a quality SMS.
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Gotcha. Any particular brands to stay away from? I have always heard that DeWalt makes the best, but then again I have heard good thing about Hitachi.
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I have a Porter cable 3802 that was a great saw. I have made tens of thousands of cuts with it and it is still going strong. Up until the point I pulled a stupid and bent the fence it was more accurate then my high dollar Bosch 12" SMS. Now I keep a cheap blade on it and use it for unimportant cuts to maximize the the life of the expensive blade on my Bosch. That saw still isn't cheap, and big and heavy. It probably isn't a good choice for your needs. My neighbor has a Hitachi saw. It isn't very good, but I doubt any saw in that price range is much better. I have a Black&decker saw which I carry around to cut plumbing pipe and stuff like that. It is a complete piece of crap. I definitely wouldn't recommend it.

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Gotcha. I will have to research more on the subject before I pull the trigger. I want to say the model my father's friend has is a DeWalt DW715
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I have a lower end (I paid less than $200 on sale ) Craftsman 10", slider that has done yeoman's work for 7 or 8 years. Never a problem.

However, it is a sawdust producer and may be too large for what you want.

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I have a 10" non sliding Craftsman. I got it used 10 years ago. It's been great for that entire time, once I adjusted it and put a Freud blade on it.
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I have no experience yet with either but Home Depot has the DeWalt DWS709 12 inch on closeout for $259 and Lowes has the Hitachi C12RSH 12 inch on closeout for $369. The Dewalt shows up as $399 at Home Depot on line but at my local store its $259.
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