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post #41 of 49 Old 01-11-2013, 11:50 AM
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I agree with this, but it was mighty tempting to me for awhile before I got the saw I have now. Seems a good way to get a saw that does more for much less money. Holding up for long term use wasn't what put me off though. I was worried more about accuracy of cuts and holding adjustments without slipping. Such things as how square the fence would be to the table, blade wobble in the cut, blade marks left on the wood even with a better blade. I didn't want to get it home and find out the hard way, but I suppose I could always have returned it, however, I absolutely hate doing that. New in box I don't mind returning but after I've used it I consider it a permanent sale most times, with rare exceptions.

fwiw it's fully adjustable, you can set the fence square and dial in the bevel stops with a screw adjuster.

It's not a perfect saw by any means; the finish is pretty low end but it cuts through 2x6s like butter and is accurate enough for crown molding work. It's one of a handful of real gems I've picked up from HF.

All that said, I don't use it in my workshop if I can help it. Dust collection on CMS's is always a huge problem, and this one sprays debris and chips everywhere. I set it up in the driveway if I have a bunch of studs to cut. For furniture/woodworking the tablesaw does a much cleaner job for crosscuts and miters.
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If I were to buy one today and price point didn't matter, the Bosch glider mentioned by David Payne would be a sure go for me. I saw one in the store awhile back and I was thoroughly impressed with it's design and how smooth and sturdy everything felt. Dust collection is pretty much always going to suck on any sliding/gliding compound miter saw. It's just too hard to try to catch all of the dust w/o interfering with capacity and versatility.
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If I were to buy one today and price point didn't matter, the Bosch glider mentioned by David Payne would be a sure go for me. I saw one in the store awhile back and I was thoroughly impressed with it's design and how smooth and sturdy everything felt. Dust collection is pretty much always going to suck on any sliding/gliding compound miter saw. It's just too hard to try to catch all of the dust w/o interfering with capacity and versatility.
Somebody posted this on another thread. It seems to work very well. He's mounted a Big Gulp directly to the saw so it's always in the spray pattern.
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The dust collection on my Festool Kapex compound miter saw is amazing.

Until you see it in action, you won't believe how good it is.
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The problem with the Lowes brand is the stops when worn out can not be replaced or fixed. The dewalt has a replaceable set. Also the dewalt has he section where the manual stop locks machined perfectly flat.

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Wow, I hope you got to see the rest of my post. Looks like you were replying as I was editing. I originally stopped with what you quoted, then went back to edit, and it sort of grew into what it is now. The more I typed, the more I thought of that I wanted to say.

If you like the Dewalt but think it's too high, take a look at my prior posts in this thread about the Kobalt from Lowe's. it's very similar but less than 2/3 the price at $380. I made an equally long winded review of it also.

I'd like to say I'm not normally like this, but I am. Haha.


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I picked up the Dewalt 780. On sale on sale. I don't think I will use it enough to wear it out. Seems it has the accuracy I'm looking for. Machined in all he right places. Cuts both ways. Makes big cuts.


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I recently replaced a perfectly good Hitachi C10FS compound miter saw with a Festool Kapex.

Awesome accuracy, truly usable twin lasers, and 95% plus dust collection. The fact the saw head moves on the guides allows me to back the saw up against a wall. The Hitachi guides extended back out of the rear of the saw necessitated about 18" of rear clearance.

The Hitachi is possibly as accurate as the Festool, but it was so messy that I only used it outdoors.

I bought the Festool roller cart for the Kapex. It's perfectly integrated with the Kapex.

The Kapex is expensive, but is an exceptionally well thought out and built tool.

I've replaced a number of older (but well loved) power tools with largely Festool products. My wife recently demanded I get rid of the replaced tools. Not sure how to do that.
Looking at the price paid for the fes up tool. A person could hire someone to clean the dust up each day and still be money ahead.

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I picked up the Dewalt 780. On sale on sale. I don't think I will use it enough to wear it out. Seems it has the accuracy I'm looking for. Machined in all he right places. Cuts both ways. Makes big cuts.
How much is on sale on sale?
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How much is on sale on sale?
Lowes has them going out the door at $549.00. I got another 10% for it not having the dust bag.

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