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Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

Level of skill: DIYer with obsessive tendencies but not a ton of confidence with carpentry and looking to change that through experience

Use: mostly trim work, probably 5x per year over the next ten years, intend to install a lot of picture rail and some very simple small profile crown moulding, a treehouse and a deck may be in the future but the circular saw will be engaged for most of those tasks

Features wanted: compound cut ability, corded . . . do I want a little laser that tells me where the blade will hit, or is that like a laser sight on a handgun that just confirms what I should know already?

Looking to spend on the lower end, maybe up to $250 if that is a reasonable expectation.

I may also consider looking into a used one from a pawn shop if I can find one that should be $500 and would be a great deal, but again I may be nuts for thinking that

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

I have a DeWalt 12" with laser, but it was significantly more the $250. The laser helps prevent mistakes and if you buy a good unit it will find more and more to do with it.

Jack

junkout
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

for lower price chopsaws i would recomend hitachi. i have a small 10" hitachi that i have had for many years and i love it it is light has a laser and is reasonably accurate. i also have an $800 milwauki 12" slider that is a great saw but a real pain to move so i end up using the cheap hitachi more often. i havnt checked prices in a long time but last i looked hitachis where the cheapest ones that i thought would be worth buying.

MLB Construction
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

go to finehomebuilding.com and look up the reviews on compound miter saws. that should answer most of your questions.

jkirk
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

mlb is right finehomebuilding has a great tool reveiw section all of which are done by proffessionals who use the tools day in day out.. unlike on amazon.com where the reviews are by people who dont know the difference between tools.

i have a bosch 4212L which is a great saw. very very accurate and tons of power however its getting old now and is getting ready to be put out to pasture.. ill be upgrading soon to either the milwaukee or the bosch axial glide.. we have 2 dewalt 718's at work which i absolutely hate.. why in earth any tool company would put a small motor on a 12" saw is beyond me.. it doenst have hte rpms to be a effective tool. honestly running it at lower rpms actually makes it less safe to use..

Condoman
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

I have had the Hitachi 10" compound prior to the laser addition. I put the add on laser on it for a little extra help. I bought this mainly because it is easy to move around. I have used it on hardwood flooring installation, molding and building face frame cabinets.

With an 80 tooth carbide blade this thing works great.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

If you can find one, my all-time fave is the now-discontinued Hitachi C 10 FSH slider. Very accurate, very well made, very durable, and capable of almost as much as any other slider. The "H" indicates a laser. If it's big enough to do what you plan for, get a 10 inch saw and not a 12- price the blades and you'll understand why. BTW if you find 2 of the C 10 FS series sliders let me know- I want another one!

Phil

Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations
junkout wrote:

for lower price chopsaws i would recomend hitachi. i have a small 10" hitachi that i have had for many years and i love it it is light has a laser and is reasonably accurate. i also have an $800 milwauki 12" slider that is a great saw but a real pain to move so i end up using the cheap hitachi more often. i havnt checked prices in a long time but last i looked hitachis where the cheapest ones that i thought would be worth buying.

I think.....I just think you recommend the product price a little expensive. Maybe consider Dewalt or makita will be save moeny.

eduesterhaus
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

I recently bought the 12" sliding compound mitre saw that Harbor Freight sells. It may be generic, but it makes great square cuts after calibration and a new blade. The only problems with it are the fact that it does a poor job collecting sawdust, and has a somewhat fragile fence (should be no problem if you are just using it for dimensional lumber and trim.)

My father has the 10" version and broke his fence and had to weld it back together, but he was doing something "unsafe" (I didn't have the courage to ask him what exactly he did).

If you find the right coupon, you can get it for $130, which as far as i can tell is an unbeatable price for a saw like this.

Handyman magazine featured/recommended it a little while back too.

A. Spruce
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations
eduesterhaus wrote:

I recently bought the 12" sliding compound mitre saw that Harbor Freight sells. It may be generic, but it makes great square cuts after calibration and a new blade. The only problems with it are the fact that it does a poor job collecting sawdust, and has a somewhat fragile fence (should be no problem if you are just using it for dimensional lumber and trim.)

My father has the 10" version and broke his fence and had to weld it back together, but he was doing something "unsafe" (I didn't have the courage to ask him what exactly he did).

If you find the right coupon, you can get it for $130, which as far as i can tell is an unbeatable price for a saw like this.

Handyman magazine featured/recommended it a little while back too.

Cheap tools are cheap for a reason, they are inaccurate and dangerous. Sure, you only spent $130 on that saw, but how much does the ER visit cost you when you take off a thumb with it because of a failure or poor design issue? You can get inexpensive name brand products without having to resort to off brand and gray market products if you are on a budget.

eduesterhaus
Re: Time for a Mitre Saw, looking for recommendations

There is no question that A.Spruce is a lot more experienced than I am and my feedback on the HF saw is anecdotal, so you should probably follow his advice over mine, especially where your own safety is concerned...

That said, statistically the VAST majority of power tool related injuries are due to poor safety, inexperience, or carelessness, not cheapness of the tool.

HF has a lot of tools that are complete crap, and yes, some that could even be considered significantly more dangerous than average, but from everything I've read and my couple months of using this saw, I'd say it is one of their acceptable (not unsafe) tools. If the saw wasn't recommended by Handyman and didn't receive solid feedback from buyers, I too would have stayed away from it and just done without for now.

You are best assuming ALL saws are dangerous. Always maintain and use them per manufacturer instructions, don't use them for anything other than their intended purpose, never do something stupid like pinning back the guard, and don't space out while using them. Using a Milwaukee and being a master carpenter doesn't guarantee you won't chop off your thumb in a moment of inattentiveness.

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