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"I want a 10-inch compound miter saw"

I need to get a miter saw as a gift for my friend. He has a couple Dewalt tools which he likes, but he also said Hitachi, Delta, Makita or Bosch would do. He's promised to make me something with it, what should I ask for?

wanted by: amykim (25) in Needham, MA 02492 +
updated on: Aug. 4, 2011, 5:08 p.m. (7 years, 1 month ago)
posted on: Dec. 23, 2010, 9:15 a.m. (7 years, 9 months ago)
tags: power tools saw shop tools
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10-inch Compound Mitre Saws Reviews: Dewalt DW713

As a hobbyist woodworker I can definitively say that my shop mitre saw (a 10-inch Delta I got 10 years ago, my Dad calls it a "chop saw") is by far the most used saw in my garage workshop. I uses it to accurately cut boards to length, to cut molding, to make fine angle cuts for railings, to cut up scrap wood before throwing it away, even to cut small firewood and kindling to size for my firepit!

If I were buying a replacement non-sliding 10-inch mitre saw today, I'd get this one: DEWALT DW713 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw. It is the number one bestselling 10-inch power miter saw on Amazon. With a list price of $416 and an Amazon price of half that (Price $208) it is both a great product and a great value.

Some specs:
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  • Highly rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars from 60 customer reviews

  • 97% of reviewers give it 4-stars or 5-stars with no 1-star ratings

  • 15 Amp, 5,000 rpm motor

  • Stainless steel detent plate with 11 positive stops

Of course, now that I have the space in my shop, and considering how much I rely on this saw for so many shop and general homeowner activities, I'd strongly consider getting either a sliding miter saw or larger, 12-inch chop saw.

If all of my tools mysteriously disappeared overnight, the first saw I would replace would be my mitre saw (the second would be my table saw and the third, my hand-held circular saw.) In my opinion, the mitre saw is the cornerstone of a home workshop. Check other mitre saw reviews to be certain, but this one is a winner!
comment Thanks Mitch! I ended up getting the Dewalt one that you recommended and my boyfriend loves it! He still hasn't made me anything with it though. Boooo him! - amykim 7 years, 8 months ago
comment Ask him to make you a mandolin :) - mitch 7 years, 8 months ago
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Benefits of a Sliding Power Miter Saw: Hitachi C10FSH

If you want to go off spec, there are two variations you can consider from your boyfriend's specific instructions: 1) a sliding compound miter saw and 2) a 12-inch power miter saw vs. a 10-inch.

The main benefit of a sliding miter saw is that you can cut wider boards by "sliding" the saw through the wood after making the initial plunge cut. The downside is that they cost almost twice as much (over $400) and they take up quite a bit more space in the shop. If your boyfriend has a small shop, this might be a problem.

A popular and highly rated sliding miter saw is the Hitachi C10FSH 10-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser (Price $495).

  • Highly rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars from 112 customer reviews

  • 88% of reviewers give it 4-stars or 5-stars

  • 10-in sliding dual compound miter saw w/ adjustable laser marker

  • Electronic speed control and soft start to reduce noise

  • 12 amp motor, 3800 rpm, 10 positive stops

  • Stainless steel detent plate and carbide blade
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Benefits of a 12-inch Power Miter Saws: DEWALT DW716

The main benefit of a 12-inch miter saw is that you can cut thicker stock (just under 6 inches thick vs. just under 5 inches with a 10-inch saw). The downsides are that they are more expensive and slightly larger, which could be a problem in a tight shop, and take more power to run (15 amps vs. 12 amps).

A popular and highly rated 12-inch compound miter saw is the DEWALT DW716 15 Amp 12-Inch Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw (Price $379).

  • Rated at 4.5 out of 5 stars from 49 customer reviews

  • 90% of reviewers give it 4-stars or 5-stars

  • 15.0 Amp, 3600 rpm motor

  • Adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate with 11 positive stops

  • Handles crown molding up to 6-5/8-inch nested and base molding up to 6-1/2-inch vertically

  • Belt-drive design and gearbox design maximizes vertical cutting capacity
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Terratek Mitre Saw

There is a very low cost, entry level compound sliding saw called the Terratek mitre saw. For under $50 you can get a saw with the following specs:
  • 7A Motor Power, 24 teeth TCT saw blade, dust extraction facility, portable.

  • Cutting Capacity 0 degree/90 degree (H x W): 1-5/8" x 4"

  • 45/90(H x W): 1-5/8" x 2-3/8"

  • 0 degree/45 degree (H x W): 3/4" x 4"

  • 45 degree /45 degree (H x W): 3/4" x 2-3/8"

There are no Amazon reviews listed, so you are taking a chance. But for only $45 dollars, it's not much of a chance.
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10 inch vs. 12 inch blade: A 10-inch miter saw is so named because it uses a 10-inch diameter blade vs. a 12-inch diameter blade on a 12-inch miter saw. A 12-inch, fixed miter saw will have a maximum board thickness cutting capacity of about 1-inch more than a 10-inch miter saw.

Sliding vs. fixed: A sliding miter saw allows you to cut wider boards by allowing you to first plunge into the board and then slide the blade across it. In addition to providing a greater crosscut maximum cutting capacity, a sliding miter saw allows you to make accurate dado cuts in a board.

Compound vs. dual compound bevel: A compound miter saw allows you to adjust the miter angle in relation to the miter saw fence, usually from -52 degrees (left) through 52 degrees (right). A dual compound miter saw allows this plus the ability to adjust the bevel angle of the blade from 0-45 degrees

AC vs. battery powered: Although not as popular as plug-in, AC powered saws, you can get battery powered miter saw which will allow you to use it on a job site with no AC available. Just bring a spare battery.

Laser vs. eyeball sights: Laser sights show you where the blade is lined up to cut on the wood. Your eyeball does the same thing, but requires a little more work.

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