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06-17-2022 02:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

I need to purchase a new miter saw, looking for something to do trim work and not to heavy, old age, if anyone has a recommendation I would appreciate, thx RJ

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#1 posted 06-17-2022 04:44 AM

Several months ago I got one of the 12inch Hercules sliding compound miter saws from harbor freight. It weighs a good bit so I have it mounted to a mobile base. It’s a awesome saw though.

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#2 posted 06-17-2022 04:49 AM

I guess it depends. When you say not too heavy, do you plan on lugging it around to different job sites etc? If you have it setup in a shop/garage you won’t really have to worry about weight. If you do in fact have to lug it around then I don’t suggest the dewalt dws780 like i have, its pretty heavy to haul around. May want to look at a 10” or possibly even one of the 7 1/4” if that will cut most of your trim you need

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#3 posted 06-17-2022 11:11 AM

Take a look at the offerings on your Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. There is usually a pretty wide selection if you don’t mind a used one.

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#4 posted 06-17-2022 02:21 PM

I don’t have it, but if I needed a portable trim saw, I would look at dewalts 7.25” slider. Pretty big capacity in a smaller footprint.

I once had a craftsman 7.25” slider. Probably the best one I ever had.

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#5 posted 06-17-2022 02:26 PM

unless you are doing large crown, no reason to go over a 10inch, i use a 8 inch hitachi slider i’ve had for a couple decades, cuts up to 11 inches wide and about 2.5 thick,
my shop has a hitache 12’’ compound, on a stand, big sucker i got it so it would cut over 4inch thick product. does take a lot of space, but nice saw
a simple 10 inch makita chop saw is a good go to usually quite accurate and a work horse.
rj in az

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#6 posted 06-17-2022 02:51 PM

Thx for all your suggestions, i should have said that i will be taking to my sons house to do trim work, that’s why i am looking for something lite, I will look into those 7 1/4 inch saws, any special one you recommend, thx again RJ

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#8 posted 06-17-2022 11:09 PM

I to like the small 71/4 inch miter saws. I have been thinking of a slider like the Kolbalt. I currently have a C-Man 7 1/4 inch fixed. I like it because of the size and weight. For most wider material I use my TrueTrac cutting system currently. Dan

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#9 posted 06-18-2022 12:44 AM

I’m hoping to up grade to that Bosch 12”.

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#10 posted 06-18-2022 02:12 AM

I would stay away from Kobalt. I have had 2 10” Kobalt sliders. The fences were not straight. You could adjust the left side of the fence square to the blade, OR the right side – but not both at the same time. And if you got one side square, then the fence was too far back and the blade (tried a couple different blades) would not go far enough back to cut all the way thru the board. I returned the first one and the 2nd was no different. Ok for rough work but not acceptable for anything requiring decent accuracy. This was 4 yrs ago, so maybe they have improved.

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#11 posted 06-18-2022 02:57 PM

+1 on the 8” Hitachi. Have used one several times, sweet saw.

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#12 posted 06-18-2022 03:05 PM

I have not been impressed by any Kobalt tool.

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#13 posted 06-19-2022 02:26 AM

I have had a Makita 10” SCMS, a DeWalt 12” and now the Bosch 12” Axel Glide. The Bosch is way too heavy to move! I bought a Milwaukee 7 1/4” SCMS that’s battery powered, bevels BOTH ways (unlike the DeWalt 7 1/4”) and weighs around 28#. I use it quite frequently, as it’s portable and will still crosscut around 8”.

I took it over to my brother’s house a few years ago and did a staircase railing with it. Just threw it on a couple of saw horses and piece of plywood.

-- Rod

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#14 posted 06-21-2022 05:28 PM

Before I bought the Milwaukee, I was also looking at the Rigid. It’s on sale today & is a great deal!
It also bevels both ways & includes 2 batteries.

RIDGID 18V Brushless Cordless 7-1/4 in. Sliding Miter Saw and MAX Output 4.0 Ah Battery (2-Pack)
SKU# 320253579

-- Rod

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#15 posted 06-22-2022 08:40 PM

Look for a 7-1/4 Dual Bevel Sliding Miter saw. It should be able to cut just about anything you need. Larger blades are nice if you want to cut thicker material or cut trim in the installed orientation. With a Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw you will be need to lay more stock down and adjust the bevel instead standing the stock up and using the miter. If you cope inside corners there is more leeway is the accuracy on inside joints. The dual bevel and miter helps in not having to flip the stock around as much.

If you have not done trim work before, don’t trust that anything is square or straight. If you a perfectionist, a digital protractor helps in measures angles and setting up the saw. Also mark your trim on which way your cut is and what side is the waste side.

An also look for a board stretcher if you use more than one tape measure.

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