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Forum topic by LSGss posted 05-27-2013 04:07 AM 2067 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2013 04:07 AM


I was wondering some opinions on purchasing a miter saw. I currently own a sliding table saw so in my mind a sliding miter saw is not really needed, unless people think otherwise. However I would like to purchase a miter saw for some renovations I am doing around the house and for future use. Is it still worth getting a sliding miter saw even though I have a sliding table saw? Otherwise what is a good accurate 12” or 10”, Im thinking 12” would be better.

Thank you for the advice.

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 04:22 AM

Lenny, the “top” brands all have been pretty good. Bosch, Dewalt, Makita. Don’t really think there is much of a difference except for the new articulating saw Bosch has put out.

Overall though, they are all pretty good.

I’d get the one that had the price/color you like best ;)

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 04:26 AM

weight is a factor. You can’t haul your sliding table saw up
a flight of stairs to trim a room with 9” wide crown.

It depends on the work you do.

A non-sliding 12” miter saw weighs about 40 lbs. A slider
weighs more.

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 04:35 AM

I think a 12” non-slider will serve you well. I have a 10” non-slider and have rarely needed more.
The sliders are nice but they can be expensive. Also they take up a lot more room and are not
nearly as portable.

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 10:52 AM

Well i have a 12” skil miter saw and I have had it for 2 years now and you cant ask for a batter saw.

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 01:25 PM

+1 for 12” non slider, but I went for the kind with the motor on top and belt driven. With the direct drive style the motor gets in the way when cutting anything over3” tall on the vertical.

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 01:33 PM

I had a 10” dewalt non slider and regretted it within the year. Went out and bought a 12” Hitachi slider (C12RSH from Lowes for $399) and love it. It is a beast but its not too bad and you can crosscut some ridiculous width like 12+”. All depends on if you want to move it around a lot and what you’re gonna be doing with it I suppose. Mine is stationary and has the rails that don’t go far out into the wall so I’m happy.

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 01:37 PM

Since I don’t see any of your projects or have a clue to what type of WW-ing you are into, you make it very hard to help answer your question. Others have taken the position that you want a miter saw for framing, so those suggestions are good for that application. However, if you are into cabinet/furniture making and or other more intricate projects, then IMO you should skip the powered miter saw and build a TS sled for your crosscuts.

I have a 12in compound MS and built many deck projects with it, but have found that I CANNOT get repeatable cuts with it when building a chest, box, bookcase, etc. Each cut can be as much as 1-degree or more off of the last cut, and that is without any adjustment. NOT good enough for furniture making, IMO.

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 01:37 PM

Another +1 on a 12” non slider.

I a contractor and I do a lot of carpentry work and the Dewalt 12” non slider is my main was of choice. I used one for years with my previous employer before I went to work for myself. I have had a 10” Dewalt non slider for about 10 years that has been in my shop and is still working perfectly.

I have a 12” that I use with my company and it works great. I don’t plan on needing the features of the slider because I shouldn’t be cutting 1×10’s or bigger to often, if I do I can cut them pretty darn good with my skill saw.

The 12” non slider will let you cut wider crown mouldings and 4×4 posts at a 45’ angle. That’s really why I went with it.

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 03:58 PM

I agree, I think a 12” non slider would be the way to go. HorizontalMike, I have a sliding table saw, Hammer K3 therefore I do not need a table saw sled. This is also the reason why I don’t believe I need a sliding miter saw, since woodworking cross cuts will be mainly done with my table saw.

Thank you for everyone’s advice.


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#10 posted 05-27-2013 04:13 PM

Hi Loren,

I smiled at your comment ”weight is a factor. You can’t haul your sliding table saw up a flight of stairs to trim a room with 9” wide crown”. I can pretty much say you can’t haul a Dewalt 12” sliding miter saw up those stairs either. The damn thing is so heavy it takes two men to move that thing. I finally had to put mine on a rolling cart. Just a note to say watch the weight of stuff you aim to lug around!


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#11 posted 05-27-2013 05:22 PM

yeah. I agree. While in practice I can lift and carry a 70lb
miter saw by myself, at the end of a day doing trim it seems
a lot heavier than it does in the morning.

When I was doing trim here and there for a few years
I had a 8.25” Dewalt slider. It was only about 42 lbs.
so it was in the same weight class as my Dewalt 12”
non-slider. The 8.25” saws don’t have as much
deflection issues in precision cuts as the larger sliders.

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#12 posted 05-28-2013 01:53 AM

I have had this saw for around 10 years, it has cut miles of trim and works flawlessly. The dust collection works quite well, and the only thing I see that has been changed is they put a safety switch on the handle, other than that I looks just like mine. If mine gave up on me I would give it a proper burial and run down and get another one.

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#13 posted 05-28-2013 03:06 AM


Hands down if time isn’t your friend ?

Further to other comments like hauling a sliding table saw up a set of stairs

Its faster

Guessing its all about “time” and how you spend it.

I would rather go fishing then work an extra hour : ))

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