I am shopping for a new miter saw ( or chop saw). I was toying with the idea
of the Porter Cable 3700 with dual lasers but it only comes in a 10in blade.
Anyone really impressed with theirs or happy. Or anyone really unhappy so I
know what to avoid. I would love a sliding compound but for the extra $150 I
don't think I will have to cut too many really wide boards to warrent that
Thanks for the help...
Good call. I'd rather have the 12" w/o laser and have the capacity and
flexibility that outweigh the accuracy/benefit of the laser. I've been
using the Dewalt 12 CMS for a few years and love it. Sharp blade, well
tuned and cared for, still gives good results. Precision is a
subjective term, and IMHO, results are good enough for me using my
Dewalt. You just need to decide what works best for you.
I know this is bordering on sacrilege but I don't know the model
number of my 10" PC chopsaw. It does have two lasers, so it is
probably the same one.
I had to tweak the fences and adjust the lasers out of the box but it
works fine. I picked this saw for three reasons.
1. The big price difference between it and the sliding compound ones
2. I can interchange the blades with my TS
3. 12 inch blades are expen$ive
The only problem I have had is the switch for the laser needs a little
wiggle once in a while to get it working. Maybe I'll write PC a
Fairly often, I only have one 'good' blade. A 60T Frued I bought it
when I installed my kitchen so it goes back & forth when needed. It
usually stays in the MS, but I do put it in the TS when I need a clean
cut. The TS usually has a 40T Craftsman combination blade in it.
I was amazed at the difference in how well my TS cut once I put the
Frued in it. The 60T Frued ripped through a 60" long piece of 3/4
maple easier than the 40T combination blade rips 3/4 pine. Right
tools, right result.
Hav recommendation as to what kind of blade I should normally have in
For a long time I used a Freud Diablo 80T. It is not designed for ripping,
but it worked and made a smooth cut. I still have it (been sharpened) and
will use it for plywood if I have more than a cut or two.
Now I have a Ridge Carbide 40T combination and it is excellent. If I was
buying a new blade today, I'd go for the Ridge Carbide, Infinity Tools, or a
Forrest WWII. Right now, Infinity has a price advantage. Check out their
web sites for more information. One good combination blade will do 85% to
98% of what most of us use a table saw for.
Thanks everyone for the help...I went to Sear's today and saw a Craftsman 12
inch miter saw that looked pretty good. I might go with that one when a good
sale comes like Fathers Day... anyone have a bad experience with Craftsman?
Every time you go into a store check out the tools, you'll see an
overwhelming amount are made in China.
What really pissed me off is when I went to Menards to buy an American flag
to display on my house and when I picked it up it said on the package made
in China. That took the cake, and I told the store manager what I thought of
Old Glory being made by a communist country. I viewed the item as an insult
to us all. No, I did not buy the flag. I bought one from the Disabled
American Veterans Post instead.
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