I need a 12" Compound Miter Saw for rough framing. I will not use it for trim work. I don't want a sliding model. I'm trying to decide between DeWalt and Rigid.
Among many of their other products, I own a 14" DeWalt Chop Saw for metal cutting. It's a great tool.
I have never purchased a Rigid power tool. From the touching and feeling that can be done in a Home Depot, the tools seem to be made with durable plastics like the DeWalts. What cannot be seen is the materials used in the gears and transmissions.
I'm only 20 years old, so maybe you "old timers" can weigh in, but does it look to you like the Rigids are trying to take up where Craftsman fell off (Lifetime warranty, house brand, etc.)?
The company history certainly cannot be questioned. They pioneered the modern-day monkey wrench after all.
I guess, I don't think the LASERs are a big selling point for a serious contractor, and will not be so for me. In my experience, they become more annoying and innacurate than helpful. I probably wouldn't even put it on the arbor if I bought the Rigid.
So, my question remains: 12" Rigid Miter Saw or 12" DeWalt Miter saw?