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02-18-2014 10:57 PM

For miter saw DeWalt, Mikita or other…?

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 11:32 PM


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#3 posted 02-18-2014 11:51 PM

If you’re going with a slider, go with the Makita, most saws have belt and gear drive for their double compound saws, Makita is one of the few that uses gear drive only; less to fail. Soft start is another great feature that can greatly extend the life of the motor. I’ve replaced dozens and dozens of Dewalt armatures, very few Makitas.

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#5 posted 02-19-2014 12:10 AM

I agree that if you’re looking for a slider, go Makita. Basically though, your question is just to general in nature to answer.

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#6 posted 02-19-2014 12:58 AM

Do a little research, they all three are great tools. I have a DeWalt so I would say DeWalt because I am partial to DeWalt. There is probably 50 posts on this subject, do a search and if you’re still are confused read the reviews I am sure there is a review on each of them.

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 01:02 AM

100% DeWalt buddy! Yes makita is good but dewalt will never let you down!!!
I have 4 12” dewalt chop saws including a slider 12” dc. Even the 15year old 12” is still going strong.

I agree with syenefarmer above, need more details… :)

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#8 posted 02-19-2014 01:19 AM

I have used Delta, Rigid, Mastercraft, Makita Dewalts and Bosch, That new Bosch CM10GD 10” Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw is my next saw and probably my last as starting to use hands saws more now. Just waiting for it to show up here in the great white north! On a quiet night you can hear them Chevy’s rust!(not too many start in the cold) LOL Up here in the cold north the only Real Truck is a Ford!

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#9 posted 02-19-2014 01:20 AM

I own a dewalt 12” slider. That said I’ve always been partial to makita. I prefer a vertical handle as that’s what I was always used to. I got the dewalt for 50 bucks from a friend with crown stops, sooo…..there you go. If I bought new tho if go makita, bosch then dewalt in that order. BTW don’t ever buy hitachi big thumbs down.

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#10 posted 02-19-2014 01:25 AM

My mind has always wanted the DeWalt 12” CSMS – for its consistently rated high build quality reviews by owners, and for its innovative ‘XPS’ LED cross cutting feature.

However, my heart yearns for the Bosch 12” Axial-Glide CSMS – for its rear space-saving buttery smooth articulating arm of tool-design awesomeness, plus all the front-user controls.

So I am torn between the two. There may be no help for me.

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#11 posted 02-19-2014 01:26 AM

I had a nice Makita 1216 slider it was a great saw but the blade brake went out after only a few months others reviews I have read said the same thing. I have used all the Dewalt 12” sliders 708, 718, 780 when I installed wood floors, they are decent saws but I preferred my Makita over my bosses Dewalts. I lost my Makita due to a divorce and recently bought a Ridgid 12” that included a free stand for $499 @ HD. So far I have only framed a dog house and water softener enclosure with it so I can’t say how accurate it is for precision work, when I do some woodworking with it I will be sure to write a review. I stayed away from the Bosch due to the price and the inability to make basic crown molding cuts.

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#12 posted 02-19-2014 01:27 AM

10” slider DEWALT – +1
I believe you can still find one on sale that includes the stand. Price is cheaper than the Makita too.

Buy the LED light for 34.00 from Amazon.

I almost bought a new Makita slider to replace my 8 yr. old Makita slider but the reviews changed my mind and I bought the Dewalt instead. I’ve owned 5 of the Dewalt 12” single bevels and passed them down to apprentices.

As far as I know, they’re still running.

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 02:01 AM

The 12” Ridgid with stand is a good buy. It’s a big and heavy saw so you need the stand. I put a 96t blade on mine and could not be happier.

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#14 posted 03-18-2014 07:42 PM

I think a lot of it depends on how much space you have for it and how much you are going to use it. Seems strange but I have heard of a lot of people buy the SCMS thinking they are going to use it every day and then barely use it at all and keep going to thier old tried and true table saw or even a RAS that lots of folks now say is to dangerous to use but I haven’t problems with them.

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#15 posted 03-18-2014 08:19 PM

I’ve had a couple of Dewalts and liked them I like the horizontal
D-handle. Allegedly some of the big DeWalt sliders from Mexico
are kind of lame. One of mine was Italian made and it was
a very nice saw. I sold it in a move, but I’ve kept my eye
out for another. It was the DW712, a nice trim saw and not
too heavy but no good for building decks.

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