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my 10 year old saw died yesterday

i've been looking for a replacement but it seems that everything is made in china (to me that means over priced junk)

every thing which iv'e purchased (rated as professional grade )

made in china wasn't woth the time it took me to throw it in the dumpster.

any one have any recommendations for a replacement ?

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1.  Miter Slide Saw

My next new miter slide saw purchase will be a 12" DeWalt---most suitable for some heavy-duty construction applications.

 

A 10" size, is ideal for most home owner/handyman use applications, from cutting 2x stock to small trim.

For trim, moldings, and the like, a 10" 80 tooth carbide saw blade, is the way to go.

It produces the smoothest finished cut---as smooth a cut as one will get with a router bit cut edge.

 

2. Dust colletion:

A rectangular funnel like object, (see rocklers version), located at the back side of the saw is most effective---it will collect most of the sawdust, but not all of it.

There are too many areas around the saw---cracks, crevices and the like---that trap and hold sawdust.

For complete cleaning, I then follow up with a round vac brush and nozzle, for final clean-up.  

In hard to get at crevices, I blow-out the sawdust, using an air compressor, with a small nozzle.

Works for me.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00921237000P

I got this one, Craftsman, 199.99 on sale, 10', 150 amp, I LOVE IT!!! Don't know about the China thing, this one kicks butt. I've cut everything so far, smooth as butter. 

Coupon, MYCOUPON saves an extra 10.00. Cuts up to 2x12 and 4x4s, I love it.

I believe that's the same one Lowes has under the Kobalt name.

angie brashears said:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00921237000P

I got this one, Craftsman, 199.99 on sale, 10', 150 amp, I LOVE IT!!! Don't know about the China thing, this one kicks butt. I've cut everything so far, smooth as butter. 

Coupon, MYCOUPON saves an extra 10.00. Cuts up to 2x12 and 4x4s, I love it.

I have the Kobalt and they look exactly the same except the color.  Had it a couple of years with no problems.  I am very happy with mine as well.

angie brashears said:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00921237000P

I got this one, Craftsman, 199.99 on sale, 10', 150 amp, I LOVE IT!!! Don't know about the China thing, this one kicks butt. I've cut everything so far, smooth as butter. 

Coupon, MYCOUPON saves an extra 10.00. Cuts up to 2x12 and 4x4s, I love it.

 Finding U.S made is very tough and expensive I got a 12 inch sliding dual compound and stand from Tool King for 500.00. Plenty of power easy to setup and has given no problems.Take a look at tool King or Tools Direct it cant hurt.If you really need pro Fein is the only way to go but it is Pricey almost a 1,000.00.

  Sears also makes on that has the crown setup in it.

Good Luck

Space behind the sliding miter saw is no longer an issue now that Bosch came out with their new saw.

 

I own the Dewalt DW718 sliders and they work great. They are made in Mexico which is a lot better than the stuff made in China.
I few months ago I purchased the Festool Kapex.  It's pricy but I'm continuously amazed at this saw's capabilities.  The lasers can be tuned so accurately you can crosscut a 20" board by flipping it over.  The dust collection works very well.  And you can cut a dado with this one!

I see all of these brands on Craigs List every day!

I have a 12in Dewalt that my trim carpenter used for 10 years then he sold it to me and it cuts perfect.

 

I just purchased a 12" compuond sliding saw from Harbor Freight. So far works great, have made 12 72" book cases withour a hitch. The laser alighment system works great. Boards come out the exact same lengrh ever time.
I was having trouble with my 10" sliding Kobalt and about ready to take it in for repairs.  I bought a 10" 80t blade from HF just to make sure it wasn't the Marathon I was using.  The blade does a super job.  Fixed my problems and cuts great with nearly no tearout.  I also bought a 40t 7 1/4" for my Skil saw to rip sheets down to a manageable size and I like it as well.  Cuts about as well as my table saw.  Good to hear about your miter saw and keep their blades in mind when you need one.  

Midchael Coughlin said:
I just purchased a 12" compuond sliding saw from Harbor Freight. So far works great, have made 12 72" book cases withour a hitch. The laser alighment system works great. Boards come out the exact same lengrh ever time.
I purchased a Dewalt 12 in.sliding compound (super quality) and I almost went cheaper. I am glade I did not. I highly recommend this saw. Saw and the stand purchased on sale at Christmas time for 499  or 599 at Home Depot. Stand is super also. Craftsman is out to lunch some where. The country its made in ?

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