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Old 05-19-2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

This is not one of our every day tools. That being said I am in the market for one and don't really know which is the best one.

I know I want a 12" Slider. I am going to be starting to redo all the trim in the house and siding/soffit outside of the house. So I feel it is now worth the money to obtain one.

I am looking at getting a Bosch, DeWalt, Milwaukee, or a Rigid.

Looking forward to anyone and everyone's comments on any of these saws pros and cons.

Thanks!!!
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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just make sure you get the kind that cuts and you should be alright I would think.
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When I wanted one i asked all the carpenters on the job I was on and most said that the 12" Hitachi was the best. I have now cut just about everything with it and have loaned it to friends and it is still going strong.
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I have the Dewalt 12" double bevel sliding compound miter saw and love it.
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Rigid makes nice tools but for the same or very slightly more money I'd go for the Dewalt or Bosch. I've used both, they're both fantastic saws. Overall, IMO, the Bosch has a more precise feel and the Dewalt has a more heavy duty feel, but also with the precision. Really, they're both top notch and you'll be more than happy with either one.

I'm a hardcore Bosch guy so I'd get the Bosch, but actually on the job 80% of the trim carpenters have the Dewalt, so that probably says a lot.
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Ohh, whatever you get just make sure the saw bevels both ways and don't let a doodad laser be your deciding factor.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:26 PM   #7
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One more thing. If you'd prefer a smaller sliding compound miter saw Hitatchi makes an 8 1/2'' version that kicks butt. As RK said, Hitatch tools are very nice as well, even their cheaper saws are very smooth and well thought out.
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I have heard good things about dewalt from our carpenters. They use dewalt primarly, though I have heard good stuff about hitachi as well.


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I have the Dewalt 12" double bevel sliding compound miter saw and love it.
Me too.

I use it all the time
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id go with the dewalt myself. ive got one thats close to 15 years old (before the sliders) thats put up miles of trim and it still works great.
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Guess I'm the only idiot who went with Craftsman...
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I have the Ridgid 12" compound sliding miter. That mammy jammer is a hoss. It's expensive as hell, but man, that thing has the rest beat hands down.
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Me too.

I use it all the time
Me too, when I needed one to trim houses as a second job, that's what the carpenters where using. Shop around I got mine from sears and found a $50 difference depending where the Sears was located, because of price matching/beating with Lowes and HD. I've abused the heck out of it and still going strong.
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I have the Dewalt 12" double bevel sliding compound miter saw and love it.

I have the Mikita 10", Porta Cable sliding compound 10" and LOVE my Dewalt 12" bevel sliding compound miter saw, selling the other two. Oh and a Sears Radial Arm saw..Craigs List?
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Makita and Hitachi make the best SCMS's IMO, but you get what you pay for, and they are not cheap.
I have the last generation Hitachi 10" and it is awesome. I personally think the Makita is nicer, but I stole (not literally) the Hitachi.
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this comes up on www.ContractorTalk.com fairly regularly, and the Hitachi SCMS generally gets the top pick.
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Shop around I got mine from sears and found a $50 difference depending where the Sears was located, because of price matching/beating with Lowes and HD.
I did the samething and got mine for $529 after the price match/beat by 10% deal.
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dewalt makes good stuff i love there power tools

http://www.dewalt.com/us/mitersaws/
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Thanks everyone for your inputs. I am partial to Milwaukee but I think I am going to get the DeWalt. I see they are on EBAY for 500. that beats Home CheapOO.

Thanks everyone.
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