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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-07-2010, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Default Harbor Freight (Chicago Electric) miter saw

To start, this saw is what it is-a compound miter saw selling for under $100. But, mine cut dead on 45 and 90's right out of the box. Cheap stampngs? yes, but the fence is easily adjusted with TWO locking Allen heads. Slider is smooth....I polished it up bit with 6/0 steel wool. Bevel angle is fine,, just check every now and then. I don't cut a lot of maple, white oak and beech because I can't afford it. I have a Makita saw, so I DO know the good stuff but I can't get all upset because this little saw is not built like a Mercedes. I've read some terrible things about this saw but mine, the model 90180 is apparently a later version, has not given me any trouble after a couple weeks of making sawdust.
If you need a simple, low cost tool to cut square 90's and nice 45's with bevels if you like, and you don't plan to pass the tool down to your heirs buy this tool.
I read the manual twice; identified all the parts; tweaked everything and tightened everything before I ever plugged it in. Then a slapped some wood down and cut perfect corners and perfect crosscuts.
I'd buy it again.
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I'm with you on it Warren. I got a Delta 10" sliding one off eBay for almost the same. Since the instructions were all in French, I assume it was a sample. A little fettling and it's a useful tool. It even came with 40T and 60T blades. I might get one of the Freud 80T blades for it that one or two people have on special at the moment.
I see these things as a set of castings for a very reasonable price that a little TLC can upgrade into a great deal for little money.
I can't find it on the Delta site but it looks like this


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I've got the Harbor Freight special, too. I've had it for about four years now and I've used the whee out of it. It cut every board on a 30' x 15' deck plus everything else I've thrown at it. It isn't as accurate as my table saw, and it's noisy, but it's been worth every dime I paid for it. Did you know it'll cut angle iron with a 10" abrasive wheel!?!

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