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#3169417 - 10/27/13 04:35 PM Looking for a compound miter saw
KenO Offline


Registered: 10/29/07
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Loc: Auburn, GA
with the shed I'm about to start building, I'm going to want to buy a compound miter saw. Any suggestions? I'd like to stay under $200 if I can get something quality in that pricerange. Is it even worth looking for used, or just stick to a new unit? It won't be used often, I can tell you that. I see Harbor Frieght has a nice 10" one for $119. Worth even looking at?
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#3169423 - 10/27/13 04:42 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
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I got mine from HF about five years ago and it's still going strong....have built several decks and trimmed out two houses with it. I don't see any difference in my work than one done with a "name brand" saw.
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#3169428 - 10/27/13 04:46 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
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Registered: 10/29/07
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Loc: Auburn, GA
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
I'd rent a good one before I bought a hoodbilly piece of garbage from Harbor Freight



Here we go. Whats wrong with it? Is the motor not strong enough? Is it assembled poorly, leading to uneven, un-repeatable cuts? Will it not last thru 1 shed build, and a few peices of trim here and there over the next few years?



Nice ninja-edit, btw. smirk


Edited by KenO (10/27/13 04:47 PM)
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#3169431 - 10/27/13 04:52 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
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If it's going to be a one time deal, I'd go with the HF saw.

Aside from reliability.....

For one thing, accuracy is not essential for framing. Your beams/post can be off by 1/32 and it won't matter in the big picture. But when it comes to fine woodworking like cutting miters for picture frames, forget the HF saw. It's not a piece of machine for fine woodworking.
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#3169433 - 10/27/13 04:56 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: Sawdusted]
KenO Offline


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Originally Posted By: Sawdusted
If it's going to be a one time deal, I'd go with the HF saw.

Aside from reliability.....

For one thing, accuracy is not essential for framing. Your beams/post can be off by 1/32 and it won't matter in the big picture. But when it comes to fine woodworking like cutting miters for picture frames, forget the HF saw. It's not a piece of machine for fine woodworking.



Oh, I understand that. I'll be cutting pieces for the 8x12 shed I'm building, as well as some baseboards for my living room. I'm more of the measure 6 times, still cut 4 times kinda guy anyways smile
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#3169478 - 10/27/13 05:51 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
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Registered: 11/29/08
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Get yourself a sliding miter saw. It allows you to cut larger pieces. I splurged and got a 12 inch sliding Dewalt when I wanted a new saw. It should last me 40 plus years.

I'm sure the HF saw will be ok. Just get yourself a better blade like a freud and you'll be all set.

Regards, JC.
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#3169511 - 10/27/13 06:31 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
DoiInthanon Offline


Registered: 08/15/13
Posts: 299
Loc: Missouri
Definitely worth looking at. I think they are on sale now for something in the eighties. I have had a Harbor Freight 12" sliding compound bevel for three or four years. Works fine. The 12" lets me make the occasional large cut.
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#3169570 - 10/27/13 07:29 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
punisher Offline


Registered: 09/11/04
Posts: 2413
Loc: snowblind in TX
Hitachi C10FCE2

No frills, good saw. I bought mine in mid 2008, and it has been a trooper.

If you regularly work with pieces wider than 8", a slider is a must as mentioned above.

I looked at the HF saws awhile back out of curiosity, and really was not impressed with the fit and finish on demo setups...sloppy. The included blades were not the best either.

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#3171584 - 10/29/13 02:53 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
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Loc: NE,Ohio
They have the HF 10" sliding for 90$ right now.

coupon here
http://www.harborfreight.com/20off-coupon912-aff-17553.html#

if its in the budget and you will actually use it I would probably consider a hitachi but those run around 200-300$

As much as I would use one, and the uses I'd prob get the cheapie for myself.

other options

the 12" HF with sliding and laser guide for 120$
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-in-doubl...uide-69684.html
use 25% off coupon from first link.


Edited by Rand (10/29/13 02:55 PM)
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#3172002 - 10/29/13 09:43 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
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I bought a Makita several years ago. I've been very happy with it.
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#3175218 - 11/01/13 03:55 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
KenO Offline


Registered: 10/29/07
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Loc: Auburn, GA
Ya, I'm going to at least go to HF and look at their saws. If they feel solid and not like complete [censored], thats probably what I'll buy. I'm building a storage shed, and I have some baseboard to put down in my house. Not exactly precision work. I can't see myself using it for much else. Thanks everybody!
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#3175916 - 11/02/13 08:53 AM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
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Registered: 04/18/12
Posts: 40
Loc: NC
For construction (framing), the HF saw is good enough. There should
be coupon (go to a bookstore, check magazines for HF coupons) for
the 10" sliding for < $90.

If you want to do moulding (fine cabinetry), I'd get a better brand.

The problem for the HF could be the assembly, and IMO, it's more
in adjusting, staying in the setting, finish, ... you don't want
to get a tool that you hate yourself every time you use it. So
if it's one time, framing work, HF is fine.

The other option is get used, depending on where you are, browse
CL, -- I got a Makita 1013 for $125, with the original Makita
blade, the cut is shining and smooth; so if you are patient, 2nd
hand is the way.

Whatever you get, make sure you can easily set and cut at 90-deg,
and 45-deg (maybe some other settings) and make sure you like
the operation

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#3178363 - 11/04/13 03:28 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
kkreit01 Offline


Registered: 01/25/06
Posts: 3934
Loc: Olathe, KS
Lowes has a Hitachi 10" on sale for $109 (down from $139). I'd pick this over HF.
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#3179717 - 11/05/13 08:57 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
KenO Offline


Registered: 10/29/07
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Loc: Auburn, GA
The 10" Sliding saw from HF is on sale right now too for $97. With the 25% off coupon, make sit $73.48!! I think I'll be stopping by to get one tomorrow laugh
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#3180428 - 11/06/13 03:06 PM Re: Looking for a compound miter saw [Re: KenO]
KenO Offline


Registered: 10/29/07
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Loc: Auburn, GA
Bought the 10" sliding Harbor Freight saw. Can't beat $74 smile
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