I am considering whether or not to get a Chicago Electric Power Tools
12" Sliding compound miter saw, as it is going for only $179. The
dewalt (which is the brand most of my power tools are) equivilent is
Should I go for the Chicago or get a cheaper 10" non sliding from
Does anyone have any experience with the Chicago miter saws?
You get what you pay for.that said I have one and for the past 5 years it
works well for rough cutting (no cabinet or furniture grades cuts)lumber.the
blade was replaced with a forest chopmaster(I know,blade cost more than the
saw)and works ok but the arbor has a slight wobble to it.did alright on my
deck and some exterior molding.But I have a bosch and the difference is
dramatic( yugo vs maybach) hopes this helps
I would have returned it!
Of course I have a Craftsman Miter saw which doesn't cut square when in the
zero position... and I can't figure out any way to adjust it. But I didn't
notice it when I was using it to cut deck boards, by the time I noticed it,
it was too late to return.
Exactly, but that is how HF can buy and sell so cheap. They buy cheaply
made stuff. Good saws don't have wobble. The tolerances on cheap tools is
much greater that on quality tools. I'd bet that anyone going into surgery
would not want the doctor to bring out a toolkit from Harbor Freight.
I have the DeWalt DW703 10" non sliding miter saw and it ran me about 200
bucks as I recall. It cuts well and square, no wobble. Its a good miter saw,
I'd buy it again.
I do furniture grade cross cutting on my table saw with a Jointech
SmartMiter sled. That gives me perfection at any angle every time.
It all depends on what you are planning to do. If you are thinking about
woodworking/furniture making or construction work. If you are aiming for
woodworking I don't know that anyone needs a miter saw. I'd save my pennys
and get a good table saw and the Jointech SmartMiter for cross cuts and
If you plan on construction and you plan on cross cutting/miter cutting
stock wider than 6" a 10" miter saw wont do. You would have to get a 12"
miter saw. A slider of course increases the width of stock you can cross cut
If you do opt for a 12" slider type miter saw, take a look at the one Bosch
makes, it ususally beats the DeWalt in side by side tests in the magazines
and online. And I belive the Bosch is about 50 - 60 bucks cheaper on Amazon.
Hope this helps,
"Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts
can be counted." Albert Einstein
I just check back on my post to find all these replies. Thank you all
for your help. After reading you posts, I think I am going to opt for
a name brand as I am doing inside trim work mostly with it, and I
don't want poor cuts (that is what I am dealing with now as I am using
a 10 year old Makita 10" non-compound miter).
I am going to get a 12", but should I go for the big-bucks and get the
sliding compound 12", and if so why?
The slider gives you more capacity for wider cuts. I could not justify it
myself, but maybe you can. I've read that they are not as accurate because
of the mechanism, but I don't have personal experience with it. FWIW, I
have a DeWalt. The stock 80T blade after being resharpened by Ridge Carbide
is very good. No reason to step up to anything else.
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