Best bang for buck for 10" sliding miter saws?

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Forum topic by AAANDRRREW posted 06-13-2017 06:37 PM 3784 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-13-2017 06:37 PM

So, I currently own a Hitachi 10” miter saw I got from Menards 2-3 years ago for a great deal. The saw has been absolutely fantastic. I’ve never had to adjust it and it’s always been spot on and makes fantastic cuts. But, I have been kicking the tires on a sliding one so I can handle bigger boards. I could use my table saw for bigger cross cuts, but that introduces more potential for error (even with a sled) and isn’t as mobile (I used a folding miter saw stand). I was told by a wise old woodworker friend if you buy a sliding one, pay good money because the cheaper ones will give you poor cuts because the quality on the moving parts just isn’t there. I’ve looked at the Hitachi’s, Makitas, DeWalts and Milwaukees – they are either 12” and HUGE or just a bit to pricey for my taste. I’m posting this because I’m curious if there is a more mid-range priced saw that DIY weekend warrior type of ppl have had good success with. I’m not talking the harbor freight one, but I’ve seen a few brands out there I didn’t recognize (Genesis, WEN etc). and the Ryobi/Kobalt/Craftsman ones. I know these brands can be hit and miss, but sometimes you luck out…

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#1 posted 06-13-2017 06:49 PM

If you don’t luck out it can be very frustrating. But that’s just me. I what a tool to work with not on.

That being said if you look around my shop you won’t see a miter saw. I do it all on my table saw or slider. I do have a miter saw (Hitachi slider) be its keep in a different building mostly for field trips. Oh rare occasions I bring it in the shop.

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 07:45 PM

I don’t use a slider because of all the “what-ifs”. My trusty 10” compound DeWalt with a good blade does all I need.
Bigger cuts go to the TS.

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 08:22 PM

No matter what anyone else says, the Harbour Freight 10” sliding miter saw is a really good one. Buy a good blade and tune it up to start with and they will hold up as good as any others. My experience, not opinion!

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#4 posted 06-13-2017 08:22 PM

Interesting you say that – I had one out of the box a few years ago, and there was like 3 things busted on it right outta the box, so I took it back.

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 08:32 PM

I don t use a slider because of all the “what-ifs”. My trusty 10” compound DeWalt with a good blade does all I need.
Bigger cuts go to the TS.

- Bill White

Complete ditto to Bill White. I also have a 10” non-slider Dewalt. Bullet proof. Anything bigger goes to Table saw. Or, at times, I’ll finish the cut by hand. Sound crazy? It works.

-- Pete

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 08:39 PM

I know that didn’t exactly answer your question. And I too and curious to know if anyone has had good luck with certain 10” sliders. I’ve always felt that the Dewalts have the best miters saws in most every style, but I haven’t used the newest of them… And trust me, I’m not loyal to any particular brand.

-- Pete

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 09:06 PM

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#8 posted 06-13-2017 09:28 PM

I’m on my 3rd HF 10” slider. First one I had for about 8 years and left it at my Sons house for him to use and it got left out in the rain…....for a week! ;-( The second one I had for about 3 years and I gave it to a young man that helped me on a job and he is still using it every day doing contracting work. The 3rd, is about a year old now and doing just fine.

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#9 posted 06-13-2017 09:47 PM

Andrew, I have a 10” Hitachi slider that has been very accurate since I got it about 10 years ago. I have never adjusted it and used it to cut the 11” miter you can see in pic #6 here.

-- Art

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#10 posted 06-14-2017 04:41 AM

I just ordered the Bosch CM10GD and I am looking forward to getting to play with it. I looked at all of them and decided the Bosch was worth the price.

-- Earl

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#11 posted 06-14-2017 05:39 AM

+1 for the Bosch Glide. I saved Menards rebates for a year to pay for mine. I also changed the blade to the blue coated one. One thing it lacks is a laser.

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#12 posted 06-14-2017 12:24 PM

Sounds like a total crap shoot with the HF saw – Like I said, I had one for 10 min – the throat plate was busted, the blade gaurd was busted and a random knob as well. I took it back but before I did that someone informed me if you get a slider, spend big money otherwise just get a 10” chop style because it’ll be more accurate, so thats what I did. I have a friend that hates his HF slider and uses it for cut firewood and another friend that uses his for trim work. I do frequent HF often, usually for non-often used items like the 4.5” grinder I just bought to cut some stacked stone for my fireplace – couldn’t fit it on my tile saw so used the grinder for 10 min to finish the cut and now it’ll sit for likely months before I use it again, but the price was right and it performed well.

I found some positive reviews on the Kobalt slider and craftsman one – sounds like the Kobalt is good and needs a little tuning out of the box, but after that its good. Not sure who actually makes the Kobalt line and not sure if the power tools are very high quality. The craftsman had good reviews but I’m also hesitant about the craftsman name – esp since I noticed some of my tools I have are now stamped “made in china” – a shame. I did miss out on good opportunity though – it appears lowes had the kobalt on sale for $130 (down from like 200) but I think the sale is over now – But then again, a price that low makes me wonder what the catch is. I think I’ll end up staying put with my 10” hitachi chop for now unless I come across a deal I can’t pass on.

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#13 posted 06-14-2017 12:26 PM

I have been impressed with the Dewalt 10” Slider i got recently…

Much more accurate than i expected!

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#14 posted 06-14-2017 12:31 PM

I have a WEN 10” sliding miter that I absolutely love. I had previously bought a WEN benchtop drill press and then a bench top sander and was impressed with their quality. They are made in America and get this, I just Googled and you can get one for $109 right now from Walmart online. For that price, that can NOT be beat.

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#15 posted 06-14-2017 12:44 PM

I would stay away from the Kobalt. If you look at the reviews, Rigid did pretty good. If I were going with a slider it would be between Bosch and Rigid.

Me, I have a 12” DW non slider in conjunction with a RAS for wider cuts.

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