That's about what I paid for mine and I'm happy with it. One of the
most-used tools in the shop.
Yes, dual bevels are worth more and the newer models have more bells n
whistles. But the real reason it's so cheap is that the model's
I just checked and you are correct.
However, when I ordered it 2 months ago it was $354 with free shipping
plus $25 off orders over $200.
I also noticed that many other tools (including the PC sidewinder I am
looking at) no longer qualify for free shipping.
So between getting rid of the recent $25 off $200 and $50 off $250
offers and by eliminating the free shipping, Amazon has significantly
raised the effective price of tools by as much as 30%.
Pretty deceptive given that they are heavily promoting "new lower
price" on many of their tools -- yeah right, not if you include lack
of discount coupon and free shipping.
Should be interesting to see if tools sales volumes go down on Amazon.
I've been tracking the price on those things for years. When I lived
near Chicago I used to stop in at Berlands House of Tools (THE
greatest tool store on the planet) frequently and one of my acts
during each tour was to operate the carriage of each of the sliders on
display. And they had 'em all: Hitachi, Milwaukee, Makita, Bosch, etc.
By a noticable margin, the smoothest action was that of the 3915. I've
lusted for one since my first try at it.
When I first started looking at them, the 3915 was near $600. I
watched over the years as the price dipped below $500 and then
eventually (when they introduced the 4410--I think it is) below $400.
As far as I was concerned, it was a good value throughout that range
of prices. I haven't bought one as I have a workhorse Makita LS1030
chop saw and a radial arm saw and I just can't justify the
Of course, now that the 44xx (I'm even thinking 12" now) is out, I'm
back up to the $600 range and it's even more difficult to justify at
But $354 is enough to start me thinking that I can live without the
dual bevels to get that oh-so-smooth action at that price.
To answer your other question, if you do a lot of crown molding as a
pro, you might want to spend the bucks for something bigger and newer.
As a home hobbyist I can't imagine you'd find yourself limited with
Please report back and tell me what you think about that slide action.
I find the slide action pretty good. I've had to adjust the fence to
get it square with the blade. And replaced the blad because there was a
nail I didn't catch. That's all the adjusting I've done. I can't feel
any play in the slide rods. Makes nice cuts.
I still think it was just so cute of them to give it a two-degree
capability on one side so they could call it a "dual bevel" saw on the
box. Fortunately I haven't found a vendor yet who actually tries to
call it that.
I'd REALLY like a saw with a more comfortable ergonomic handle. That's
my biggest beef with the 3915. They had to know that handle was a pain
in the butt when they sent it out.
If I used it all day I'd definitely upgrade. Otherwise, nice saw.
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