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The handle of my 10 year old miter saw has been cracked for about the last 5 years, and I have gotten by with re-taping it about once a year. It worked great until last night putting it on the truck, when my brother in law broke it all the way. I had to use it today, so I fixed it this morning.
 

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The handle of my 10 year old miter saw has been cracked for about the last 5 years, and I have gotten by with re-taping it about once a year. It worked great until last night putting it on the truck, when my brother in law broke it all the way. I had to use it today, so I fixed it this morning.
How many times did you scrape your knuckles on that piece of s h i t ? :blink:
Love the OSHA approved blade guard.
 

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How many times did you scrape your knuckles on that piece of s h i t ? :blink: Love the OSHA approved blade guard.
Piece of s h I t? Sir...

That saw has turned out some high quality trim, and still cuts as square as it did the day I bought it 10 years ago. The handle was barely cracked for a long time, and taped, and was just demolished just last night. So my repair got me thru today.

If you notice, I cut out a space on the 1/4" ply for my trigger fingers, and so I didn't scrape my knuckles at all. I plan on ordering a new handle tonight online if I can, or going by the repair shop tomorrow to order one. Be sad to see the old cracked one go, though. Be weird not having tape on the handle.

The piece of wire holding the guard up has been there since the first day I used the saw. Same piece. If you need a very lightly used guard for your miter saw, I'll sell you that one for a reasonable price. That one hasn't been used at all... Lol.
 

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better than scraping his knuckles reaching into his pocket to pay for a new saw.
Time to raise your rates enough to buy a new saw in 10 years... I've been in business 12 years and have owned 6 miter saws and I'm selling a bunch of crap that I've had laying around so I can buy a kapex.
 

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Time to raise your rates enough to buy a new saw in 10 years... I've been in business 12 years and have owned 6 miter saws and I'm selling a bunch of crap that I've had laying around so I can buy a kapex.
it has nothing to do with "raising your rates". money saved is money earned. if you make a million dollars a year but spend a million a year, you're broke.
 

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I would also love to know how you "raise your rates" when you're bidding every job against 6 other contractors. this isn't the housing bubble hayday. not around here, anyway.
 

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I don't abuse my tools enough to go thru six miter saws in 10 years. I've had a Hitachi 8.5 inch slider for longer than that and it's in perfect shape.
 

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I have the same 10" dewalt miter saw and love it. The handle is not cracked and the blade guard works fine. It is easy to hold up when you need a clear view. Great saw. The new ones don't have the same locking mechanism and I don't like change. I like what I have.
 

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I don't abuse my tools enough to go thru six miter saws in 10 years. I've had a Hitachi 8.5 inch slider for longer than that and it's in perfect shape.
I don't abuse them either. I buy new saws because they have new features that make our job easier.

If you can't afford the $5 a month for a new $600 saw every 10 years it's time to evaluate your pricing.
 

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I don't abuse them either. I buy new saws because they have new features that make our job easier.

If you can't afford the $5 a month for a new $600 saw every 10 years it's time to evaluate your pricing.
again, it's not about "affording" things. it's about not wasting money when you don't need to. and again, how do you raise your prices when you need to drop them to beat out other contractors to get the jobs in the first place? your argument blows.
 

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he just said it cuts square and he's gonna get the handle replaced. you must love throwing money away.
$300 for new saw is a lot better than a $5,000 OSHA fine. I'd rather "throw my money away" on tools that are in proper condition than pay for someone's medical bills when my modified tool malfunctions. To each their own I guess.
 

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if he gets the handle replaced like he's going to its gonna "malfunction" and cut someone's hand off? why spend $300 on a new saw when you can spend like $20 on a new handle?
 
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