Needing to upgrade my HF sliding compound miter saw to? *Help*

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05-30-2012 10:47 AM

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I’m finely to the point, where I am sick and tired of having to resquare my table to the blade and not knowing if my cuts are truely 45s. The marker on the turn table is about a 1/6” or better off from the factory mark of 0 according to my square. My dad is wanting to build bird houses and I’m going to let him have it.

I’ve been looking at the Lowe’s Kobalt SM2507LW and have read the review here on LJ, question is would this be a good upgrade from what I have now?


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#1 posted 05-30-2012 08:02 PM

Go with any of the DEWALT models . You can’t go wrong. Or go with the festool which is an awesome saw.

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#2 posted 05-30-2012 08:06 PM

DeWalt, but as always check the box for bent corners when you buy it. I prefer to inspect it at the store as well. One good drop and things can get hairy. You might also invest in the table extender for it if you cut long pieces.

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#3 posted 05-30-2012 08:09 PM

If I was going to replace mine I would go with the new Bosch 12-in Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw GCM12SD. Great looking tool and fits into a much more compact space than the DeWalt 12 sliding one I have now.

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#4 posted 05-30-2012 08:16 PM

What about the man on a budget…. like ME… I could afford a USED festool!

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#5 posted 05-30-2012 08:18 PM

Anything else might be an upgrade but Im not sure the kobalt would be. Buy once, buy right. Sorry I have no sympathy for anything harbor freight.

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#6 posted 05-30-2012 10:43 PM

Cabmaker, yeah I agree am working on weeding all that HF crap out. Belg1960, as for as compact, yeah that’d be more to my liking on the Bosch.

So it’s looking like either the dewalt or the bosch then.

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#7 posted 05-31-2012 02:12 AM

Check out the pawn shops I’ve seen a almost new Dewalt 12” with lazers for $229.00. And a lot of other brands. They will let run them. Times are hard !!! Note the newer Dewalts have a short slide and cuts 60 d to the left the older ones have a longer slide and cuts 60 d to the right. both cuts the same width. I’ve owned both and i pefer the longer slide

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#8 posted 05-31-2012 02:27 AM

I have two….a Delta slider for precision work, and a HF 12” slider for rough work. HF works great and cost about 1/4 the Delta. I ran the crap out of the HF when I was framing my shop…and it has held up just fine…but then, I don’t care if the framing lumber cuts are not exactly square.


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#9 posted 05-31-2012 02:35 AM

I’ve owned or used Bosch, Dewalt,Hitachi. Ridgid, and Makita I pretty much rate rate them in that order . If I had to rate which one was the best value I’d say Hitachi hands down.


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#10 posted 05-31-2012 03:25 AM

Thanks Jim, I’ve been looking at the Hitachi.

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#11 posted 05-31-2012 04:20 AM

Our small shop we use a 12” dewalt slider and a 10 hitachi slider. I love them both as they both work great. I personally think if u are going with a slider u need to be in the 400.00 range to ensure quality and precision. Personally i like looking at CL for good deals, many times good can be had at 1/2 retail, or maybe a little more.

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#12 posted 05-31-2012 05:47 AM

I’ve had/used a few different ones (Dewalt, Delta, etc.) and have no complaints about the Bosch ones (currently own the 12” 5312 rail version… not the fancy new GCM12SD):

I’m with cabmaker on this sentiment, Buy once, buy right.

If it’s ever an important tool or something that I’ll use often or in critical situations, I buy the best I can afford. I have been burnt too many times trying to make tools that weren’t supposed to do something work or fixing the work from an imprecise tool. That doesn’t mean buy the most expensive, just the best one you can get for what you need it for… even if it means saving up for it.

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#13 posted 05-31-2012 06:33 AM

I’ve got my eye on the Hitachi C12RSH at Lowes. It appears to be a very good value for what you pay ($445) and seems comparable to some of the other brands out there. Anyone have good experience with this one? I can’t figure out why it’s cheaper than Hitachi’s own 10” 12amp slider!

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#14 posted 05-31-2012 11:03 AM

Blackie – If you’ve got a decent table saw, you could skip a new slider altogether and use the TS with a crosscut sled. Most decent TS are more accurate than sliders in general. If not, I’m not sure the Kobalt would be a significant step up from the HF.

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#15 posted 05-31-2012 11:45 AM

I own the GCM12SD, It’s a really good tool, it’s just that, the dust collection port is pretty flimsy (don’t all mitre saws have HORRIBLE dust collection?) because its some cheap rubbery plastic with some PVC pipe.
That arm is amazing.
I really recommend the bosch,

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