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Forum topic by nubbin00 posted 11-17-2018 02:33 AM 1969 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2018 02:33 AM

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Hello all,

I’m in the market for a new miter saw and found a Kobalt 12” at Lowes. Now I’d love to have a Bosch or Dewalt but I did a little bit of research and so far the reviews aren’t bad. Does anyone here have any experience with them? Any assistance would be appreciated. I’ve put a link to the saw below.


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#1 posted 11-17-2018 02:59 AM

looked to me that it would have good dust collection .the large port on the rear will handle a decent size hose .
What i got from the reviews I read was that you could get a lemon .though you can just trade it in for a good one .The cost $ is nice .I like 12” saws . I have a 10” also .I have no problem with them in terms of accuracy . Get a better blade if you need to .i would say go for it .i suspect you’ll like the saw .Make a good table for it .I always figure the saw is only half of it ,the half being it’s stand or table .

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#2 posted 11-18-2018 03:33 AM

I have a Kobalt 12 inch slider that I use for “construction” projects and a DeWalt for “finer stuff”. The Kobalt is not a horrible saw for the money. Mine needed.a bit of fine tuning to get is to cut square, etc. After that it has been cutting for about 2 years now on and off, non-pro duty.The laser is kind of a joke, and I have yet to be it to be useful for anything more than getting close.
If I was shopping for a saw in that price range, I would be seriously considering the Harbor Freight Hercules model. I have not used it personally, but it has received some decent reviews, and you can also buy an extended warranty that would be nice to have. It has an LED light for casting a shadow on material being cut like the DeWalt, which I personally find to be a way better option.
Overall, the Kobalt is powerful enough for all of the tasks I have asked of it, and the one I got seems to hold okay after it has been lined up.

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#3 posted 11-18-2018 07:38 PM

I have the Kobalt 12” slider as my big miter saw in my shop. I haven’t got any negatives on it except the laser but I don’t use it ( laser ) that much.. Plenty more power than I will probably ever need. It is to big for smaller work is why I also have a smaller unit. As WoodWarper said, once it is set up, it pretty much stays in tune. I got the extended warrantee with it, but looks like it won’t be needed. It also has a lot of amenities with it that could be useful when needed. It is smooth running and the controls are easy to use and get to. Good luck on whichever one you choose.

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#4 posted 11-18-2018 08:09 PM

I have the Kobalt and feel the same as above. The laser is useless but it cuts well and is a huge step up from my previous saw (the cheap harbor freight one).

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#5 posted 11-19-2018 01:10 AM

I bought one in a pinch up in SHowlow az, when the old delta we had took a dump. boys were doing a gaggle of composite decking, have to say, it didn’t hold up, about 6 months with constant use. ended up with a lot of play in the cylinders, we now use it do do hardi board, and not for long, its on its way out, i tend to drop off the worn out tools to a tool repair guy as some times he can use parts that he can’t get.
best of luck, I believe there are better offerings. out there.

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