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Harbor Freight Chicago Electric12 in. Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw With Laser Guide System $135+tax+$6.99 shipping

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Pretty good deal for a 12" dual bevel sliding compound miter saw at Harbor Freight [harborfreight.com] with coupon code 16117511.

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Been available for $132-$135 with coupons for a while now. Has some pretty good reviews too. Important to note that it does not include the blade.
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I have the 10" Hitachi non-sliding from Lowe's which is around the same price. I know this saw isn't exactly a top model, but a sliding 12" would be nice if it worked well. Would I be downgrading much in quality to return the Hitachi and get this one? I'm more of a "weekend warrior" so it wouldn't get a ton of use, but I would want a saw to be precise enough to make proper cuts when I do use it.
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I have the 10" Hitachi non-sliding from Lowe's which is around the same price. I know this saw isn't exactly a top model, but a sliding 12" would be nice if it worked well. Would I be downgrading much in quality to return the Hitachi and get this one? I'm more of a "weekend warrior" so it wouldn't get a ton of use, but I would want a saw to be precise enough to make proper cuts when I do use it.
I've got a lot of trim work to do in the next couple weeks and was looking to upgrade to a 12" sliding miter saw. From what I've read about the HF saw is that it is a mess when it comes to alignment. You'll need to spend a lot of time getting everything square and parallel. Don't expect perfect 45 degree cuts out of the box.

I think I'm just going to stick with my 20 year old non-sliding 10" Delta and spend half an hour re-tuning it and maybe get a new blade.
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the issue with many sliding miter saws is that they don't slide straight. if i could go back in time i would purchase a simple non-sliding 10" saw like the hitachi for crown moldings and such and couple it with a table saw for longer cuts.
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How important is a 12" vs a 10" blade? I'll be building a deck this spring and I'm thinking I'll need 45° cuts on the planks, which I think requires the 12" blade right?
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I've got a lot of trim work to do in the next couple weeks and was looking to upgrade to a 12" sliding miter saw. From what I've read about the HF saw is that it is a mess when it comes to alignment. You'll need to spend a lot of time getting everything square and parallel. Don't expect perfect 45 degree cuts out of the box.

I think I'm just going to stick with my 20 year old non-sliding 10" Delta and spend half an hour re-tuning it and maybe get a new blade.

I don't mind putting in the time to adjust it as long as it can be properly adjusted. I went ahead and ordered - I figured I'll check it out and see what it's like.

Also, my dad has a 20+ year old Delta 10" miter saw - that thing is solid as a rock.

Edit: Found this blog post [lumberjocks.com] where a guy did a lot of adjustments and fixes for out of the box issues.
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I have this saw and I had absolutely zero issues out of the box. I cut 45's for a picture frame I built from scratch and it was dead on. I'm no carpenter, but for the weekend warrior, this thing is great. Family Handyman highly recommends it. I did have a piece of wood go ballistic on me and took out the laser, but I never trusted that thing anyway. Downside is that you can't get parts from HF, even if you have the part number. The only parts you'll ever need is brushes and the brush caps (which you can source from ebay.) I've had mine for about 3 years and only recently had to swap out the brushes.
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any better deals coming up for bf?
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any better deals coming up for bf?
Yes, $129.99.

https://slickdeals.net/blackfriday/stores/harbor-freight/adscans/22951/
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Do you know how that comapres to the hitachi 10inch one from amazon right now?
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Been available for $132-$135 with coupons for a while now. Has some pretty good reviews too. Important to note that it does not include the blade.
mine included the blade, swapped for a diablo
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mine included the blade, swapped for a diablo
It looks like they recently changed it. The box no longer says blade included, and the webpage says blade purchased separately. I picked up a set of Dewalt 32 and 80 tooth blades (combo pack) for $35 at Lowes after the $15 off $50 coupon.
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Go for a 12" slider if you absolutely need it to cut huge things. For normal use though, a 10" fixed is going to be much more accurate (all else being equal) and the blades will be significantly cheaper.
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I have this saw, and I love it. I bought about 6 months ago and it did not come with a blade. I did have to adjust the fence to cut straight but it's 2 screws and about 10 minutes to adjust. Mine slides straight as an arrow.

As others have pointed out, this is fairly regular price.

Cutting width on this saw is around 14". Cutting width on a 10" non-sliding blade is just under 8", I believe.
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