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yank said:
I looked at the Kobalt 10" today at Lowe's, I like that, and the DeWalt next to it did not impress me, had to use two hands to move saw L & R, push down on one lever and move it. The Kobalt did have one flaw that puzzled me, the hold down device did not anchor to the base, could not see how that would hold anything down.
I read a lot of reviews about that saw but no one mentioned that, altho many of them did say the laser was off by at least 1/4", and a few have adjusted it and said it is better.

Just looked online at the Chicago Electric 10", some good reviews, but I need to physically look at it and check it out.

Good suggestions, thanks to all.
I've found that the floor models in the box stores are never set up correctly and get beat around by people that don't know how to release the saws for movement. So try not to judge the saw by the one on the shelf.

Al

Nails only hold themselves.
 

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AIPDX said:
I used to own a Ryobi 10" chop saw, which pretty much represents the low end of compound saws. I eventually replaced it with Festool Kapex which is the other end of the spectrum. Kapex is very accurate and reproducible. I feel that I can embark on tasks which would be a challenge with Ryobi. However, if it comes to quickly cutting 2x4s to length, with 1/8" tolerance, Ryobi was perfectly fine and may have even been faster than Festool due to its powerful motor not designed to share load with a vacuum. This comparison taught me that there is no simple answer to which tool is the best without knowing what it will be used for.

Harbor Freight is a weird place. Its prices are very low, but more often than not quality and accuracy of their tools reflect the low price or even worse. There are hidden treasures at HF, but finding them can be a challenge. I was tempted to buy stuff at HF many times, and thinking back every 3 out of 5 purchases would eventually end in trash being replaced with higher grade items, I would regret about the 4th purchase but continue using it, and would be happy about the 5th. I've had chisels which would not cut even after sharpening, and files which could only grate cheese. I've seen levels which are several degrees out of alignment and can only be used as long paper weight. But I also saw basic tools which are copy of what Home Depot sells at 5 to 10 times higher price.

One has to recognize that Harbor Freight does not sell the same quality fit and function tools as higher end stores. It sells much lower quality, much worse engineered tools at a lower price. You get what you paid for - classical designed in china and built in china to mainland china standards. If you are lucky, you may get more than your money worth, but oftentimes you get less. They come with a warranty and they will work as accurately as they are built and designed, but they will not help you to get the job done as higher end tools. HF tools vividly remind me of power tools which I owned 30 years ago - they were just as heavy, clunky, and inaccurate but they cut and span.

I would seriously think about buying a higher end (Dewalt or Bosch or Makita) tool in a used condition as opposed to gambling by buying a new HF tool. HF chop saw does not inspire confidence in its accuracy - unless you are so rich as to afford cheap tools. But if the task is to occasionally "chop" the wood, it is likely up to the task.
I would have to agree.

Al

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