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post #1 of 10 Old 03-19-2013, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Mitre Saw help...

I travel a ton for work and have a ton of hotel and airline points. Just found out I can sell the points for gift cards to either Lowes or HD.

So, I want a sliding mitre saw. I am a DIYer but work in the garage every weekend, so the saw will see good use.

My question is quality and function for price bi can get an expensive saw if I want to, but do I really need it? I always struggle with that question.

I know I want 12", but does it need to be dual bevel or is single okay? I'm not against flipping the wood the other direction, but if it is an option, why not get it?

Then there is brand. Dealt, Ridgid, something else? My father-in-law says no to Dewalt because he thinks they are crap now that they got bought out. Is this true?

Best bang for my buck?

I always appreciate the feedback from the experts here!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-19-2013, 04:52 PM
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No 12" here, but my DeWalt single bevel 10" has been a good value.
More job sites show DeWalt than any other brand around here.
Just use good blades on any brand ya choose.
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You need to think about the thickness of material you will be cutting before deciding on the size saw. There is no point in having the extra bulk of a 12" saw if you are never going to cut material that requires that saw. I have a 10" sliding saw and it will cut a rough cut 4" 4x4 and that is as thick as I need.

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I still love my Makita 10" slider.
The newest one has some real nice features.
Make sure you check them out.
I bought a Dewalt a while back, thinking I was upgrading from an old Makita.
They redesigned and I just didn't like it.
Went back to 'Kita 10" and a 12" .....

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I've had my Dewalt 12" compound saw for over 15 years now and after I threw away the blade that came with it I can't imagine asking for a better tool..however, I have never used the compound aspect of it. Don't know if you can get it without the compound feature or not...just saying for me, I don't need it, and I install lots of crown!

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<<Then there is brand. Delta, Ridgid, something else? >>

Hitachi, Makita and check out the cool new Bosch glider -
Incidentally, if you think DeWalt is a problem since they got bought, ask around about Delta. They've been terrible to get parts for.

I think that soon all the tools will be made in the same Chinese factory.

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I've always had the motivation to buy a tool bigger than I need at the moment. A 12" is a nice size if you have the need. Blades can cost more than a 10", but may last longer. A dual bevel is a nice option. It would be worthwhile to go to the stores that have the different brands, and check them out...get a hands on feel.

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I have the 12" Rigid SCMS, bought it because of the size of the table ( largest one when bought ) never used the dual bevel but its nice to have if you ever need it
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fwiw... i find that i use the dual bevel more when i'm installing trim in houses, than when i'm just in the shop. the tilt capability helps to adjust for whatever is out of alignment on the walls/floor/ceiling (which is usually often).
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I just bought the Dewalt 12" DWS780 from my local HD after a week or so of deliberation and trying out the display models of others. It's on special right now where if you buy it can you can choose from one of their two stands to get it for free ($200). I haven't had much of a chance to use it past some test cuts when I first set it up, but I was impressed by the quality as I set it up and absolutely loved the XPS lighting system in my shop.
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