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Forum topic by Torx_Head posted 12-16-2018 03:17 PM 777 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2018 03:17 PM

Good morning. My old miter saw bit the dust and now I am in the market for a new one. There are 3 saws that I am interested in as they should meet my needs and they are all available locally so that I can put my hands on them. At this time of year, they are all so close in price that it is not a factor in the decision. I will use the saw on some outdoor and DIY projects. I would like decent precision so that I can use it to construct my first wooden upright locker.

The 3 saws that I am looking at are The Dewalt 779, Hitachi C12RSAH2 and the Delta Cruzer.

All are 12” models and each of them seems to have its share of good reviews and bad reviews.

The Hitachi seems to offer the most features for the money. The Cruzer seems to have good video reviews and I have been able to watch it work via Youtube. The Dewalt seems to be the premium saw of the group, but the only reviews I seem to find on that saw all revolve on adding the XPS to the 779.

I am wondering who might have these saws and how they work for you. Thank you in advance and Happy Holidays!

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#1 posted 12-16-2018 04:25 PM

I have gradually moved away from DeWalt in recent years (currently using a 10” Bosch SCMS) but most reviews seem to rate the DeWalt 12” at or very near the top. Although I use my 10” saw a lot, I only wish it was a 12” about twice a year. All the rest of the time I’m glad for its smaller size and weight, and especially that it shares blades with my table saw – greatly reducing the expense and convenience of maintaining an inventory of sharp blades.

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#2 posted 12-16-2018 04:29 PM

We will have some work around the house with 4×4’s and the like – so that is why the 12” is particularly appealing to me. Unless there is something that I am missing with that approach.

It’s strange because every time you read a review there is something wrong with each of the saws. I suppose as long as you can get the saw adjusted in, everything should be alright. However, there is a certain appeal to getting a saw that is right on “perfect out of the box” as they say.

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#3 posted 12-16-2018 04:39 PM

I had the 12” non-sliding Dewalt and returned it because it just seemed so crude. I exchanged it for the 10” Hitachi SCMS and love it; soft start, smooth operation, zero clearance design, and it just seems like a much more refined tool overall. I would expect the 12” would be similar. Please note however that I am new to woodworking so take my advice with a very large grain of salt!

-- DannyW

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#4 posted 12-16-2018 04:56 PM

I haven’t used the cruzer or hitachi. I have the battery powered dewalt 12” SCMS which I love. Right out of the box it was accurate enough for me. I noticed it was slightly out of square to the table, honestly it wasn’t out enough to be a problem but I dialed it right in very easily. On the side, I build furniture, dining tables recently, and do finish carpentry install. I work full time for a company doing finish carpentry install as well and we recently traveled to Haiti to install in the LDS temple there. Power is an issue so my boss bought a couple dewalt 12 inch battery powered saws, the same one I have. Let me tell you, my boss is a festool junkie. He’s got a ton of festool tools and almost exclusively uses the festool kapex. However, he was really pleased with the saw. It has plenty of power and doesn’t bog down. The adjustments are straight forward and easy. My favorite feature is the shadow line. It acts like a laser, but there is a light that shines while you are cutting and it casts a shadow of the blade in your workpiece. It’s DEAD ON. Easy to see too. The only problem with it is it’s a 12” saw. That is also a bonus. It’s a problem because the 12” blades will deflect a little bit while cutting. its not a problem with the rails or sliding mechanism, just the blades. I suppose if you get a top notch blade you can minimize the issue. Also, cut close to your line, about a 1/16 of an inch, and then take another pass to cut right to your line. Taking of such a small amount of material in the second pass will be easier on the blade, which won’t cause it to deflect.

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#5 posted 01-01-2019 09:00 PM

I suppose I should close this out by saying I went DeWalt. Than you to those who replied and helped in my decision. Happy New Year!

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#6 posted 01-02-2019 12:16 AM

I have the 12” DeWalt SCMS…...It is mounted in my miter saw station…..It was dead-on accurate right out of the box…Just to be sure, I re-checked everything….Dead on…..!! You’ll like it once you get use to it jumping up when you hit the switch…...Keep a tight grip on it…….!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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