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post #1 of 46 Old 07-07-2011, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
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What type of chop saw do you use

I am looking to upgrade my old 10'' Delta but wondering what to get, I like the new 12'' Bosch and most impressed with the Festool Kapax but is it worth the money. Would like the opinion of some of you pros, I am a serious hobbyist that likes to buy Good tools One time. Please advise
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If I had the $$$$$ I would own the festool ( simply b/c I like em). I own and use a DeWalt 10" and it works fantastically.

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I have a couple of Dewalt 12" Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saws. The DW708 & the newer DW718. I have used the 12" Hitachi, Makita, & Bosch saws. After buying & using the DW718 I would have bought the Bosch saw instead. I don't care for some of the upgrades in the DW718 (some I think are an improvement). It's a different saw than the older DW708 which is a great saw. I might have a different opinion if I have never used & gotten used to the older DW708. Because of extensive use of the first model, the newer model can become frustrating at times. The DW718 is still a good saw it just has a different feel when you are used to the previous model. I have never used the Kapex but have some friends that have & they like it if your willing to spend the extra money on it.

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You'll get a lot of different responses on this one.
There are advantages and quirks of each & every one of them.

The sliding compound saws are the most versatile.

I've been on many jobsites where I have to use someone else's setup.
Personally, I've been a Makita man most of my 30 years of doing this stuff.
The slide action and the soft start just feel right to me especially with small pieces.
The new Makita has some nice features with even more capacity.

Keep your old Delta as a firewood saw.
That's just my opinion and get ready...wait for it....wait for it......here come a bunch more......

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I Agree with you Corbin




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If I had the $$$$$ I would own the festool ( simply b/c I like em). I own and use a DeWalt 10" and it works fantastically.

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From a different perspective, I rarely use my 10" CMS unless I'm doing very long pieces like molding or pressure treated stuff, which isn't that often. I get better accuracy with my TS on pieces that are manageable (< 6', which is most of what I do.)
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Delta 36-412 12" DCMS

Largest capacity available, when I bought it.

I also have an old cast iron Rockwell, that goes mobile.
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I've used the Bosch and Makita SCMS and find them both excellent machines.
I own a made in China Triton SCMS. For the $$, it does the job for me. A good blade and religious attention to the set ups yields excellent results.
When this one bites the dust, I'll probably go with a Makita or Bosch.
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Used my son in law's Dewalt a while back and loved it I just can't justify the price right now even though Lowe's has reduced it to 500.

Well, I finally had the opportunity to pick one up and get the light system all for under 400. Needless to say, I bought it. Very pleased. A big upgrade from my old Kobolt. I did give my old one a good home though.

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Makita LS1016L and LS1212. Glass smooth cuts every time.
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you better justify the price soon at 500, lmao i paid 800 for the same one but that was years ago when it was first brought out .

dam that makes me want to get another one to throw in the van but at 75# i don't want to have to move it lol
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Well, lessee...A 14" Makita, 10" Hitachi, 10" Craftsman (which is the most accurate, BTW), and a radial arm miter saw...if you haven't seen one it looks like this.








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Just curious........don't feel like playing along.....don't.

Any trim,sub-contractors in here?Specifically trim.......not as part of bigger GC "chores"........?BW

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Just curious........don't feel like playing along.....don't.
Party pooper...just sayin'.








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Party pooper?Maybe,was genuinely curious.........this is my go-to bx.
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And then the cpl next questions "was";do you setup in a cntrl location,IE....big rm or do you setup in each individual rm?And the follow up to that was....and is sorta related to the 1st (if setting up in cntrl location)?....do you do say all windows first,then doors then base?....OR.....do it one rm at a time?IE...do windows,then drs,then base...go to next rm,repeat?BW

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I have a 12" Ridgid compound miter saw (forget exact model #) that I bought new several years ago. It is not the slider-type and overall I am very happy with it, not that I have a whole lot to compare it to. I think I paid around $300 for it. Before I had it, I used a friend's Dewalt 12" slider and really loved it, but I couldn't justify around $600 when I picked up mine. Although I would really like the add'l capacity of the slider, my 12" has sufficed for all but just a couple of jobs. I use mine quite a bit and would highly suggest getting the 12" versus anything smaller as you are able to cut completely thru a 4x4 or 2x6 (flat). Regarding the Bosch, I am pretty fond of anything Bosch so I am sure you won't go wrong there. Mostly depends on your needs and how much you are willing to spend.

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And then the cpl next questions "was";do you setup in a cntrl location,IE....big rm or do you setup in each individual rm?And the follow up to that was....and is sorta related to the 1st (if setting up in cntrl location)?....do you do say all windows first,then doors then base?....OR.....do it one rm at a time?IE...do windows,then drs,then base...go to next rm,repeat?BW
allways one at a time, depending on what's ready i prefere windows-doors-cabs-trim. if you got other contractors workin ya gotta go with the flow sometimes.

i have the older dewalt 12" cms. and after trueing it up has been perfect. ive had it for 8 yrs maybe longer. it is a bit pricy, but you get what you pay for with this pc.
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and a radial arm miter saw...if you haven't seen one it looks like this..
A good friend of mine dropped its twin off at my house!
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i just picked up the makita 10" sliding compound miter saw and i couldnt be happier

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