The Bad Rap Saw Works For Me

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Blog entry by bruc101 posted 09-01-2017 03:31 PM 1190 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago I bought our, then 15 year old daughter, a HF lathe and their 12 inch sliding compound miter saw. She mounted her lathe on a cabinet and then made the stand for the lathe a roll around stand for her new miter saw. Over the last couple of years I’ve watched her use both of them, especially the miter saw, pretty much on a daily basis with no issues what so ever.

So, about a month ago I decided I needed a new slider but didn’t want to spend the big bucks for one of the more name brands saws. HF near us now, had them on sale for $129.00 so I go and purchase one along with a one year warranty just like I had done for my daughter.

I had watched all the horror reviews on youtube and as usual, I think the reviewers were looking to have a $600 saw at the HF price. I had also experienced how well my daughter’s saw was performing for her so it was a no brainer for me to get me one also.

When I got the saw home we took it out of the box and started getting it ready to go to work for me. We checked everything and found nothing broken or boinked out of alignment that we couldn’t fix in a few minutes. I’ve had more issues with a new expensive saw than this one straight out of the box.

The first thing we did was put a new name brand 80 tooth full kerf saw blade on it, We then made a cut and checked it for square at 90 and 45 degrees. It was off maybe a degree so we fixed that in about 30 seconds. It cut dead on when we made the adjustment. I very seldom ever compound a mite cut, never had any reason to very often but we did check it and it was dead on.

I did not buy the saw to be an accurate dead on saw for saw cuts. I do all critical cuts on my table saw and use the miter saw to cut to lengths where I can get the boards on my table saw. My daughter has built several pieces of fine furniture and used her saw extensively for cutting her miters for any mldgs that went on each piece and they all pretty much fit dead on.

I think what I’m trying to say is, this inexpensive bad rap saw is doing exactly what I bought it to do. I’m very pleased with it and would tell anyone to buy it, but buy it knowing it’s not going to perform like a $600 saw and not cuss the saw because it doesn’t perform like a $600 saw or has a fee issues with it straight out of the box.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators

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#1 posted 09-01-2017 03:35 PM

Hi Bruce
Some Harbor Freight tools have good value.


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#2 posted 09-01-2017 04:12 PM

I have never been an anti HF snob and this saw has had some good reviews in addition to the knee jerk bad rap! I have an old craftsman 10” and use it seldom, but have been thinking about an upgrade. Thanks for the review.

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#3 posted 09-02-2017 02:48 AM

I have a few of them myself, no complaints thus far. I have their impact drill driver that I purchased 2 years ago when I built the new shop at the new house. It has been very well used and both batteries are awesome and hold a charge very well.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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