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Forum topic by steve223 posted 12-01-2013 01:26 PM 1544 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2013 01:26 PM

I’m in the market for a sliding compound miter saw. After reading the reviews here I’m looking at either the Rigid or the Hitachi. The Hitachi seems to be more versatile in terms of fine angle adjustment on both miter and bevel as well as a nice space saving feature in how the slide is designed. The Rigid has greater cutting capacity. Because of the way my local Homedepot displays the saws I couldn’t play around with the angle adjustments on the Rigid and I couldn’t tell if I could lock in and angle that was between the detents. At Lowe’s I was able to play around with the Hitachi and I found that I could lock in virtually any angle it was able to cut. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-01-2013 01:53 PM

if you time it right you can get a free mitre saw stand worth 200 bucks. It seems like everytime Im at home depot or lowes this deal is going on. and it is usually for dewalt or ridged.

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#2 posted 12-02-2013 03:01 AM

Widen you range of choice to Bosch, Makita, DeWalt, and Festool It is your money and you deserve the best that money can buy.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 11:30 PM

I have the Hitachi and love it. I have had the Rigid and Dewalt saws, both are good saws but the Hitachi is better and cheaper. For the money it can’t be beat. The only saw I would say that was better would be the Festool Kapex but I don’t think it is 900 dollars better. Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 11:37 PM

I have the DeWalt 12” CSMS and love it. Great out of the box. I’ve had it for several years and would buy another one.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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#5 posted 12-03-2013 07:21 AM

I also have the Hitachi and love it. The biggest selling point for me was the split fence. I had an older Craftsman with a one-piece fence, and it was bowed ever so slightly. But it was enough to make a difference on certain cuts. I like not having to worry about making sure one more piece is perfectly true.

I also love the micro-adjust, crown molding upper extensions, and the 2-way slider that allows you to put it much closer to the wall.

Lowe’s has it on sale for $399 from time to time. Add in the ubiquitous Lowe’s 10% coupon codes, and you’ve got yourself a great saw at a great price.

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#6 posted 12-03-2013 08:05 AM

Buddy of mine just bought the 12 inch craftsman…the big one…Got a cyber monday deal and an extra discount on top…saved a couple hundred dollars…though I’m not sure on the final purchase price…

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#7 posted 12-03-2013 12:58 PM

I have the Makita 1016ls. I did the same type of research, and found after handling the bosch and makita that the makita felt better. Have been quite happy. I also then picked up a 1013 on craigslist (practically brand new) for $175. I put that one on a stand for outdoor projects and plan to upgrade the insert and blade on my 1016 for more precision (saw a whole article on this).

the 1016 replaced a 20+ year old makita I had. My decision on a 10 over 12 was blade cost and precision.

But basically after all my looking, it came down to Makita or Bosch

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#8 posted 12-03-2013 02:46 PM

I agree with Doninvegas: I have a 12” DeWalt that I bought in 2000. I still use it most every day and have never made an adjustment to it. I have replaced the rather expensive blade a few times. I bought it for deck building but no longer do that. It serves me well but if i were to buy a new one today I would get the 10” DeWalt. I no longer have need for a 12” sized saw.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#9 posted 12-03-2013 05:42 PM

Home Depot has a Ridgid 12” DBSM on sale as we speak. With laser.

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 04:31 AM

Cobalt 10 ’ 179 lowes

-- Gary New York

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