Which 7-1/4" cordless sliding miter saw:

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04-19-2018 01:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: 7-14 miter saw

I’m in the market for a new miter saw. As a 78 yo hobbyist and DIYer the 7-1/4” cordless sliding saws look very appealing for my purposes. I can’t remember the last time I cross-cutted anything over 8 inches and the light weight, cordless, and easy transportability seem to fit my needs.

I’ve been looking at three different saws, (1) the Milwaukee 2734-21 M18 Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw ($499), (2) the DeWalt DCS361M1 20V Max 7-1/4” Cordless Miter Saw ($349), and (3) the Ridgid 18v Brushless 7-1/4” Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw R48607K ($329). All the reviews I’ve read have been positive for all three saws, the capabilities seem almost identical, and the features nearly so. The one feature on the Milwaukee saw that stands out to me, since the my old eagle eyes aren’t quite what they once were, is the LED that casts a shadow on the cut line.

Over the years I have used most of the name brand power tools, Craftsman, Bosch, DeWalt, Makita, Jet, Sawstop, etc., but for no particular reason, I have never used anything made by Milwaukee. So my question to members of the Forum is this: is the quality of a Milwaukee tool such as to justify an additional $150? Cost is not always the deciding factor for me, quality certainly counts heavily, but I don’t care to spend money foolishly either.

I welcome comments and suggestions from users of these saws and from those who have a lot more experience that I have.
Thank you

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#1 posted 04-19-2018 04:21 PM

I haven’t looked at these saws, but I did click open links to them from your post. I can’t answer which is better than the other, usually you don’t know that until you actually work with a tool. What I can very easily spot is the answer to your question as to why the Milwaukee is 100 bux more.

“Milwaukee M18 18-Volt Lithium-Ion High Demand Battery Pack 9.0Ah $169.00.”

The answer is, it is powered by their “fuel” series of batteries, which I believe are the highest Amp hour rated batteries on the market. Do a head to head comparison on Amp hour ratings and I’m certain the others will likely have 4 Amp hour at the highest. With a chop saw on a cordless platform I personally wouldn’t touch that if I could buy a corded model. I am that way to the point I have been known to put a generator in the truck, and used corded power that way when it wasn’t available otherwise.

Cordless drill, sure. Table saw, Chop saw or other large size tool, not so much.

In the past I was a heavy DeWalt tool user. Since Black and Decker bought them, and turned them into a toy, I have only bought Bosch, and Milwaukee. I have several corded Milwaukee hand tools, and find them to be of very sturdy, and good manufacture. I have bought Rigid in the past, and won’t anymore.

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 04:41 PM

For the prices that your are quoting in your post, you can purchase a decent corded sliding compound miter saw.

I have been paying close attention to Harbor Freight’s “Hercules” brand of tools and have taken a close look at their new 12 inch compound sliding saw and I am impressed at how well made it is at that price point ($399.00)

It might be worth a look. I haven’t found a battery saw yet that I would pay that kind of money for. Batteries are very pricey and I have found that they don’t really last.

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