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12 In. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System $113.65 Harbor Freight

thesned 88 June 5, 2014 at 08:44 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (6) More Harbor Freight Deals
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Last Edited by DeividdoSama June 5, 2014 at 10:36 PM
I was at Harbor Freight tonight and they were setting up for their 3 day sidewalk sale. They had the 12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser Guide System for $133.33 starting tomorrow.

However, if you buy it online using the 25% off coupon: 72982355, it is $106.66 + 6.99 S&H, $113.65. Thanks to: kostyanj for the idea. I googled the 25% off coupon and attached it.

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GuitsBoy added some setup instructions from the previous deal:
If you are not mechanically inclined this is not the saw for you. Then again, if you are not mechanically inclined, you have little to no business buying a sliding compound mitre saw in the first place. This thing required everything to be reset, adjusted and dialed in.

Firstly, ditch the blade. I didnt even spin the saw up before replacing it because if there is one common theme among reviews, its that the blade is abysmal. I replaced with a dewalt 80T because I got a good deal on a three pack.

Next, align the fence. Mine was off by a good bit. Loosen it up, square it to the blade with a square, then dial in with a test cut, and flip the board over to see if the angle is still off.

Then, align the set screw stop for the bevel. There's a movable blockout lever which allows you to select single bevel (to the left) or double bevel with no stop at 90. Make sure the lever is tight, then adjust the set screw to ensure the blade is cutting at 90 where the stop is. I was lucky that the angle markings were right on after this. You may need to adjust the pointer somehow, or just compensate mentally for a degree or two difference.

The laser on mine was adjusted all the way to the left, but it actually indicated the right side of the blade. I am used to the laser indicating the left side, but its not that big a deal. I may add an aftermarket centrifugal blade mounted laser so that it indicated *both* sides of the blade.

The sliding / removable left upper fence was a little bent, but a few measured blows with a mallet on my garage floor fixed that - part removed from saw, of course. Truthfully, I have never, and likely will never use an upper fence. Make a jig for large crown moulding or else you're asking for poor cuts with just about any saw.

The slide, the turret, and the bevel action are all smooth, and the tightness adjustment works well, allowing you to dial in resistance for each. I will say that the bevel tightness offers a little more resistance in one direction compared to the other.

Understandably, some people will be turned off to having to do this much adjustment to a brand new saw out of the box. But I wouldn't blindly trust any factory adjustments regardless of brand. Shipping and regular use will easily throw things out of whack, and saws will always need routine maintenance and readjustment. For this reason, none of the above bothered me in the slightest.

All in all, family handyman was pretty spot on. The saw doesn't lack much. Its got plenty of power, is fairly tight and smooth, and ultimately, it cuts well once tuned up. Sure you can buy a better saw, but you wont touch one for even triple this price.
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Last Edited by arkaaya June 6, 2014 at 12:06 AM
Use code 54708713 for 25% off one item. - Expire 9/20/14

Some more 25% Off Coupons:
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If you order it tonight online, you can use the 25% off coupon on top of the already discounted sale price...

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Last edited by kostyanj June 6, 2014 at 07:47 AM
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I just bought this saw for 139. I took a chance as it has decent reviews for HF and it a "top pick" by one of the woodworking sites I browse. I didn't do jack to it out of the box and it is very acceptable. The blade makes smooth cuts. I need to do the adjustments like mentioned by OP, but it is rocking it so far for some semi precise cuts that I needed done so far.

Compared to 400+ for a comparable brand name... this is the bee's knees.
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Just ordered one online with the 25% off coupon. $6.99 ground shipping. $106.99 shipped. Great price thanks! Don't mind tuning her up and dealing with quirks for this price.
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A smidge over 117 w tax. Thank you.
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I got the saw for 116 with s/h and tax included using the 25%.

You simply cannot beat that for a 12in sliding, even if it needs major adjustments.

I have been wondering if I should give HF a try on higher quality tools and for the price, this simply cannot be beat.

Thanks OP
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What/where is the 25% coupon?
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missing the 25% off code...
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Nevermind.....25% code is 54708713.
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$114.48 with tax shipped. Thx OP!
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Bought the 10" sliding single bevel and have been very pleased with it after some minor tweaks to adjust it. If I didn't already have a double bevel 12" Dewalt, I would be all over this as you definitely get your money's worth..
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114.48! Been looking for one for small projects! Thanks guys
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10% cashback from shopdiscover
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Does this have a brake? Thanks.
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