I'm a hobbyist / handyman and I need to buy a rather basic 10" miter saw . Am
now considering either the Delta model ( 250 I believe ) at Lowes for $ 87
or the Ryobi at Home Depot for the same price.I had a smaller Ryobi for years
that provided great service and would buy the same make now except that the
Delta has a blade brake and the Ryobi does not. Can anyone share their
experience with either machine? T I A
I'd probably go the Delta over the Ryobi.
Unless you go for the new professional series from Ryobi (which is not
widely available in the USA at this time, but rather impressive), the
regular handyman Ryobi range is not too crash hot. I'd have to imagine the
Delta would win that battle.
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FWIW I had a 10" Delta that might well have become the model number of the
saw you're looking at (I've seen it and really can't tell any differences
from the one I'd paid about $170 for about 3 years ago).
I always regretted buying that Delta saw -- and even more so after I found
that I could have bought a far-better Ryobi saw for less money! That was a
mistake I made while in a rush to get some Crown Moulding hanged. I've
since managed to sell that Delta to an unsuspecting soul (and haven't even
had a twinge of a guilty conscience).
It was replaced with a 12" Craftsman/Ryobi that I picked up at a truck load
sale at the local Sears Service Center for just a bit over $200 -- normal
price was $299 (which was the same as a "comparable" DeWalt at the retail
store -- but I'd have taken the DeWalt insteas for full price). I have no
regrets about buying that Craftsman/Ryobi 12" saw -- it's accurate and solid
and more than "worth the price paid". The Delta I managed to get rid of
was a sloppy "work of art".
Its been a few years now, but when I was shopping the sliding miters were
just coming out. There were too expensive then, so I got a DeWalt 12" and
have used the heck out of it, including doing small 1/2 moldings. Its a
great saw. But I often run up against cuts that I wish I had the sliding
miter. YOull get a ton of use out of it whatever you buy, so I would
recommend to invest some dollars to get a slider and youll never look back.
I have that one. At times I wish it was bigger or I had a sliding model, a
10" blade can't quite cut a 1x6. The brake kind of wore down after a while
so it doesn't stop as fast as it used to. Seems to be pretty accurate, the
miters I cut with are more square than the rest of my house. I'm not a fan
of Ryobi after own my sears labeled ryobi router for a couple years.
definately! I disliked my delta from almost the first day. It's fence
was warped and it wouldn't consistently stay in square. Every time I
moved it to another position I would have to "tweak" it back to be 90
degrees again. It was close every time, but off just enough to screw up
things like frames.
My wife bought me the 12" porter cable for xmas and it is a world of
difference. The Delta may be ok of construction work, but I wouldn't
want to go back to using it for woodworking again.
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