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Need to replace my homeowner miter saw. Recommendations?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by wahoowad, Jun 22, 2008.

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  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

    Dec 19, 2005
    My basic homeowner miter/chop saw is near the end of it's life. I have a Delta el-cheapo and it survived 6+ years of my abuse and misuse. By default I will probably go to Sears and find a Craftsman I like, then wait for a decent sale if they aren't having one.

    I'm a hack carpenter. I mostly cut 2x4's for various garage/outdoor projects like firewood racks, kayak racks, etc. Occasionally will cut some trim, siding or decking for a repair around the house. Have been known to take an inch or two off firewood cut too long, or even chop up some branches to make kindling. Yes, fuddy duddys, I always wear my eye protection.

    The laser feature seems handy. The 12" inch blade models cost about the same as 10" so probably going with the higher capacity 12" one. Anybody buy a new one recently and want to point out a cool feature or specific model I should consider?


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    Oct 11, 2007
    Unity, NH
    Guess it depends on your budget.
    I just finished buinding my home- so my saw is two years old now. I looked em over and bought the DeWalt 12" sliding compound miter saw at Home Depot.
    It was something like $365.00- which is pricey, but has been well worth the money. Has made thousands of cuts with the framing, TJI Floor Joists and including alot of 8x8" beam material and all the half log siding cuts- all excellant. Then, last winter, I swiched to a fine 'FREUD' blade for all my 3/4 Oak hardwood floors, the window trim and baseboards- all excellant again. I will say that this is the most used- and best tool I have ever bought. And I can see it remaining around for many years to come.
    And we- (wife and I) have used it hard too- for lots of cuts. (Limbs, soffet boards, etc...)
    I put it on a moble cart and added the optional lazer sight- both worthwhile additions. Very pleased.
    Thats my two cents worth.
  3. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    South Puget Sound, WA
    That DeWalt is a fine saw Wildsourdough. Good choice. Wahoowad if you want cheap but good, look at the basic Ryobi or Makita. But a compound miter saw can do a whole lot more.
  4. mikeyny

    mikeyny Feeling the Heat

    Nov 16, 2007
    upstate ny
    Be sure to steer clear of the harbor freight stuff. The chop saws they sell are not much good. Cheap though. Some of their stuff is ok but not the 10 inch sliders they sell.
  5. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

    Nov 3, 2006
    Next to nuke plant Berwick, PA.
    I bought the Harbor Freight 12" compound slider for $169.00. Its inexpensive and does everything I need it to do while working on the addition.
    Every time I priced the same type but by Dewalt it was over $600.00. Sure if your a contractor, but for the homeowner, overkill.
    Mind ya, I don't do precision angle cuts. Mostly straight cuts on framing & the tongue & groove wall boards.
    If you must have precision angle cuts etc., I'd opt for a better saw.
  6. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

    Feb 8, 2007
    Hayden, ID
    I bought an almost new Craftsman with laser on craigslist for $60. I'd keep an eye on Craigslist and see if you can't get something used.
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