What sliding miter saws do you use and like?

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Forum topic by FancyShoes posted 12-27-2015 03:32 AM 1418 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2015 03:32 AM

I have been wanting a sliding miter saw. After making the cross for my church, and having to use a hack saw to cut the 3”x8” beams by hand, and since it didnt come out square, i realize that it should be my next tool. I would like one that cuts the bigger beams, so I believe I will have to go with a 12” blade.

Which ones do you use, and recomend?the festool is not a option because of the price. So would like thoughs on dewalts, bosch, hitachi, ect.

Thanks for the inputs.

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 03:44 AM

While I haven’t yet taken the plunge, I really like the Bosch glide saw, especially since they now have a 10” accompanying the larger 12” as all my blades are 10” (except for a couple 15”) and I have no desire to start buying 12” blades.

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 04:03 AM

Purely because of cost, I am using the Harbor Freight 12” slider. Be aware, though, there may be some work involved! See here

If cost were not a concern, I would look seriously at the DeWalt sliding miter saws – I love their products and their sliding miter saw is a rugged, well-designed piece of equipment. Although I like the Bosch concept, the implementation leaves me wondering how it will hold up in the long run.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 04:07 AM

Makita! Love it. Checked it right out of the box and it was perfect. Still perfect after falling off the back of my truck a few times too. Had a Dewalt and it was ok. Never could get it dead on no matter what we did.

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 04:20 AM

Whatever you buy, expect to replace the blade with an aftermarket one so keep at least $50 in your budget for that. Miter saws are usually marketed to construction workers and the blades are geared towards rough work.

When I worked for another company I used both Dewalt and Festool sliders. Dewalt was okay but never cut straight on anything wider than 4”-5” (what good is 12” capacity if you can’t use it?) and the Festool was excellent but costly of course. Since I haven’t budgeted for a precision Festool in my current business, I opted to return to fixed saws instead of a slider.

Not really a fan of most sliders. The increased capacity is usually accompanied by more finicky tuning and even the Festool can’t beat a tablesaw for accuracy. I’d recommend a 12” miter saw for crosscutting up to 8” and a tablesaw with a good sled for wider boards.

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 01:44 PM

I have an earlier model of this one. I have been very pleased with it due to the accuracy of miter cuts. It was dead on out of the box and has remained that way ever since ~10 years. I cut the miters for the back of this project with it and they are about 11” (see pic #6). It doesn’t normally travel, but it did move across country once. I would buy it again. HTH

-- Art

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 01:55 PM

Like EEngineer, I also own the 12” Harbor Freight unit.

Mine also did not come completely aligned and ready, and I also did repack the grease in the gearbox. But I did not have to go as far as he did. Everything else was just aligning.

Once I put on a new blade, and took about 90 minutes to go through every adjustment and align everything, it has been a real trooper for a lousy $124. It is almost $190 on their website, but you can easily find flyers in Sunday newspapers that will offer it as low as $135.

AND, it plays to a solid four stars on 176 reviews on their website, which is about as good as any saw anywhere. And this one allowed me to spend more on a real top shelf blade. I am running a 60T Freud.

They have sold a boatload of these, and it seems to be a very good seller for them.

Is a high end Dewalt or some other saw for $300-400 a good saw? Definitely. But I work just fine with my $124 HF.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 02:02 PM

I have the DeWalt 718 12 inch compound slider. It has performed amazingly well. I did add a Rockler laser to the saw. The only problem I had with it was after about four years one of the motor bearings started going bad so the saw had to go to the service center for about a week and a half. Cost was around $70. I would suggest getting in the habit of checking blade screw tightness about every five hours of use. I don’t know if it is because of the aftermarket laser or just the design but I found that sometimes the blade screw starts to loosen.

Don’t waste your money on a DeWalt laser that mounts to the frame. I could never get it adjusted correctly for different thicknesses of wood. Once dialed in correctly for 3/4 inch it would be off for 2 inch thick. The blade mounted laser works for any thickness.

I do wish I could get a blade mounted laser(s) that would mark both edges of the saw kerf.

A miter saw has more adjustments and therefore takes longer to align, but once the DeWalt is aligned the cuts are accurate.

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#8 posted 12-27-2015 02:11 PM

I use the hitachi C12RSH and live it. I didn’t buy it for the laser but it might be my favorite feature about the saw. You can adjust the laser to the left or right of the blade kerf in seconds with tool less knob.

Other than that it’s been a great saw with a similar feature to the bosch where you can lock the back side of the slider rails to bump the saw up to a wall and still get full slide capacity.


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#9 posted 12-27-2015 02:33 PM

I have a dewalt 12” sliding saw and I could never get it cut square. No matter what adjustments I made, it just would never stay accurate. It’s great for doing construction type work, where it’s not that important and cutting rough lumber but for inside the shop, I had to get something else. I did look up that issue on google and found that others have had the same problem. Basically, you can get it set up, aligned square but as soon as you go to cut, it must deflect or something because then, the cut is out of square.

So, when doing my shop redesign, I wanted a saw that does not take as much room and still be a slider. What I came up with is the Craftsman compact 10”. I know some of you guys think that Craftsman is a 4 letter word here but I read up and the reviews were positive and I liked that it can be butted up against the wall as the slide posts are similar in design to the Festsool. The price was also very good and was on sale when I bought it and I think I got it somewhere around $180.

So far, it’s cut everything I’ve thrown at it from construction lumber up to 4” with no strain up to hard mesquite and eucalyptus 10/4 and have not had a problem yet.

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#10 posted 12-27-2015 02:33 PM

If the saw is going to sit on a workbench get the biggest saw you can afford OR get a used radial arm saw. If portability is an issue the new little 7 1/4 inch sliders really intrigue me. Hitachi has an 8 1/2 inch slider, too. Just curious why you didn’t use a circular saw and a rafter square to cut your beam – you probably would have to flip it over to finish the cut but that’s no big deal.

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#11 posted 12-27-2015 02:53 PM

I dont have a skill saw either.

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#12 posted 12-27-2015 02:58 PM

Thanks for all the input as well, I will go check out the bosch.

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#13 posted 12-27-2015 03:16 PM

I’ve had the Dewalt 12”, the Dewalt 10” I still have a Hitachi 10” and a Bosch 12”
I don’t like the Hitachi 10”
Both of Dewalts were pretty good, no complaints.
My Bosch is my go to saw though.

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#14 posted 12-27-2015 03:58 PM

I bought a 12” DeWalt slider in 2000 to build a huge deck. I use it most every day (I am retired) and it still runs true. It came with a good blade and I have replaced it twice. It is a great saw for me but is 15 years old. I came across a new Bosch 12” “glider” on creigs list for $250 and bought it. The blade with it cut roughly so I put my DeWalt blade on it and it works very well. I now am using my Bosch and have my DeWalt in reserve under the bench. I recommend both of these saws.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#15 posted 12-27-2015 04:02 PM

I have used the Festool Kapex for over three years and have found it to be an extremely accurate and reliable miter saw with extremely good results.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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