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Offline ColossusX

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Miter saw size recommendation
« on: May 30, 2018, 02:38 PM »
I currently have a 12" single bevel miter saw (non sliding).  I'm looking at getting a smaller, cordless, sliding  saw for onsite use.  I currently have DeWalt 20v and the Makita 18v systems. I do framing and a lot of trim carpentry. The 7 1/4" miter saws have enough cut capacity for 95% of what I do.  Or should I go for the 10" slider ( either brand)
« Last Edit: May 30, 2018, 02:40 PM by ColossusX »

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Offline Getmaverick

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 03:48 PM »
I have the Milwaukee 7 1/4. Awesome little saw and only weighs 29lbs. I also have the new Makita cordless 10". Mine was perfect out of the box. I like this saw better than my Bosch Glide. If a 7 1/4 will do most of you work than I would go for the Milwaukee, you wont be sorry.

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 03:53 PM »
I would get the 7.25 Makita. It has been rated very high by guys who are actually using it (not just testing it) for the purposes you describe. I have not heard as much about the DeWalt.
I haven't used  the Makita, but it's on my list.
Tim

Offline ColossusX

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 04:00 PM »
I've been leaning more towards the Makita 7 1/2 (will accept standard 7 1/4 blades ) the main thing for the dewalt is its half the price.  The makita can cross cut a 2x12 though vs 2x8 for the dewalt
« Last Edit: May 30, 2018, 04:05 PM by ColossusX »

Offline Sanderxpander

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 04:59 PM »
I'll recommend an outsider - the Metabo KGSV 72 XAct (Sym, or non Sym). I have this one and it's super compact, very accurate and super adjustable. It's light and compact, crosscuts 12 inches and needs no space behind the saw. Dust collection is also quite good. And the sym version has a symmetrically adjustable fence for super easy baseboard cuts, although the limited cut height prevents it from using that function for tall baseboards. The only other criticism I would offer is that you need to make sure not to put sideways pressure on the saw when sliding as it is possible to get it to move slightly. Oh and the included clamp should be discarded immediately.

Offline rst

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 05:16 PM »
I just bought the Milwaukee 18V...no brainer really I have an extensive collection of 12 and 18v Milwaukees.  Bought an CMT aluminum/plastics blade for it as that is the type blade I run in all my saws.  I can carry the beast with one hand thanks to the hand cutouts built into the table.  Just for disclosure, I also run 18v Feins and Festools.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 05:46 PM »
The new Makita miter saw has Bluetooth for turning on a cordless dust extractor. If you plan to use dust extraction is completely cordless something that is important to you? What about other types of tools being cordless and bluetooth triggered? IE: Grinder, hammer drills, etc.

Personally I would go with a Makita 10" that is Bluetooth. Then get some Fastcap wings for it, supported by the tripod third hands.

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2018, 07:43 PM »
...the main thing for the dewalt is its half the price. 
Interesting, I wonder if they are trying to take market share from Makita. That is aggressive pricing.
Tim

Offline rst

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2018, 08:34 PM »
I bought my Milwaukee for $136.00.  I already had multiple 5 and 9 amp hour batteries.

Offline ColossusX

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2018, 09:34 PM »
I've been wanting the Makita 10" sliding cordless, but the close to $600 price is off putting (older model with batteries is the same as the newer model with bluetooth and no batteries).  The 7 1/2 makita is right around the same price.  I can get the bare tool 7 1/4 dewalt for less than $250. Plus I'm looking for light weight and portable. So I'm leaning to one of the 7 inchers.
The blue tooth isn't that important to me honestly.  The Makita cordless bluetooth DCs are way too pricey.  And I'm most likely getting the Bosch VAC090AH for my primary dust collector. I have the CT- SYS right now.

I have looked at the Milwaukee, and have used some  of my partners 18v tools and really liked them. I suppose I could get into the Milwaukee battery system,  as of right now on my makita tracksaw is my only cordless Makita. 

So I have a lot to think about, but I do think I'll stick with a 7 1/4 sized saw.  It will cut 95% of what I would need, and I have my tank of a 12" to cut things like 4x4 posts.

DeWalt
Pros: least expensive
Can buy almost anywhere including the big box stores.
Already have 20v Max batteries.


Milwaukee
Pros: inexpensive,can be picked up locally at HD.
Cons: do not have any other 18v batteries or tools

Makita
Pros: excellent quality, excellent factory blade
Already have 4x 5.0ah batteries from my tracksaw
Better dust collection than most miter saws 
Cons: most expensive.  Unique sized blades but can use standard 7 1/4. 

The Metabo looks great, but I haven't found  a place to purchase other than Ebay.  Seems to be more available in Europe than in the US
« Last Edit: May 30, 2018, 09:40 PM by ColossusX »

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2018, 12:05 AM »
You missed out on the Home Depot sale recently for the non Bluetooth version. Check again on pricing as it was pretty good recently. I want to say $399 in the store. Different online.

Offline ColossusX

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Re: Miter saw size recommendation
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2018, 07:16 AM »
Yeah I totally missed out on the HD sale.  My local store had limited stock and sold out before payday