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Old 06-16-2007, 02:09 PM   #1
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Compound Miter Saw Question


I'm not a carpenter, but I need to buy one for a couple of jobs around my house, and could use some advice from the carpenters here. I am thinking about buying this one, if anyone is familiar with it can you offer advise?
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Old 06-16-2007, 03:14 PM   #2
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Re: Compound Miter Saw Question


Hitachi is usually a good name when it comes to miter saws. I would however look for a saw that bevels both right and left. you'll thank yourself for it.

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I think the hitachi's have a weird way of mounting to miter saw stands that makes them incompatible... don't know if that's an issue for you, just wanted to put it out there.

Also, consider a sliding compound miter saw - I'm not a carpenter, but I've found the sliding to be more useful than my old standard compound.
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Really depends how much work you are going to do with it. If it is just a little work around the house, a $200 saw is all ya need. If you are going to do more extensive work at your house or maybe someone else's house sometime in the future I would bite the bullet.... spend $500 and get a sliding compound saw that would tip both ways..... much better saw!!

It really is a matter of money and usage!!
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I agree with what's stated above, - - but that Hitachi 'is' a nice saw, and has a fine degree of accuracy . . .
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Really depends how much work you are going to do with it. If it is just a little work around the house, a $200 saw is all ya need. If you are going to do more extensive work at your house or maybe someone else's house sometime in the future I would bite the bullet.... spend $500 and get a sliding compound saw that would tip both ways..... much better saw!!

It really is a matter of money and usage!!
I have decided to buy the Hitachi that bevels both ways, though I don't need that for the job I am using it for, just the miter part. One of the GC's we do work for built a huge multi story deck on the back of his house, and had roughly 150 pieces of 5/4x6x12 cedar lumber left over over, which he gave me for free, and had his driver deliver to my house for free, so I am going to replace the deck boards on my pool deck when the weather gets cooler.
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I'm not a contractor but I've done warranty and regular repairs on Hitachi. Hitachi miters are very popular with most contractors I know. Also Hitachi designs very small powerful motors that hold up over time. I've always been impressed with Hitachi miter saws. The C8FB2 8" slider, although not a dual, is extremely popular with trim carpenters.
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I have decided to buy the Hitachi that bevels both ways, though I don't need that for the job I am using it for, just the miter part. One of the GC's we do work for built a huge multi story deck on the back of his house, and had roughly 150 pieces of 5/4x6x12 cedar lumber left over over, which he gave me for free, and had his driver deliver to my house for free, so I am going to replace the deck boards on my pool deck when the weather gets cooler.
That's a nice gift! That's about $2000 worth of lumber.

You might want to rethink your mitre saw choice given the size of lumber you're cutting. The cutting capacity for the Hitachi is probably 5 1/4" at 90 degrees, and somewhere around 4" at a 45 degree mitre. I think you would be better off with a sliding mitre.

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