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I am looking to get a miter saw. I want a sliding one with a bevel. I am thinking about a 10". My budget is around $200 $250 max. Any recommendations for a beginner miter saw?

Also which do you use more miter saw or drill press?

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Not a clue why you would ask which is used more, mitre saw or drill press, but I use my drill press far more. However, that is because of what I do, so have minimal use for my saw at this time. I am sure that most people use the saw more. On the other hand, want to start some projects soon where I will be using a chainsaw.

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Not a clue why you would ask which is used more, mitre saw or drill press, but I use my drill press far more. However, that is because of what I do, so have minimal use for my saw at this time. I am sure that most people use the saw more. On the other hand, want to start some projects soon where I will be using a chainsaw.
At this point I have a circular saw and a TS so a miter would be convenient. Whereas, I do not have a drill press. Does that make sense?
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Joe, I have a Dewalt miter saw and hardly use it. I can do everything on my table saw that I can do on my miter saw. I do use my drill press a lot and my advice would buy a drill press first. I believe it was Tom that bought a When drill press not too long ago and it looks nice. I have a Harbor Freight drill press.
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At this point I have a circular saw and a TS so a miter would be convenient. Whereas, I do not have a drill press. Does that make sense?
Joe: A table saw combined with a circular saw will do most things that a miter saw will do. None of them will do what a drill press does. Having said that, a portable drill will do most things a drill press will do. It really depends on your needs, the type of work you do or plan on doing. I have a couple of table saws, circ saw (several) a couple of drill press as well as a 12" dual bevel Bosch miter saw. The miter saw really comes in handy when cutting crown moulding, but essentially it's used to break down long pieces which you can do with a circular saw.

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I have a Harbor Freight drill press.
Me too, and it does exactly what I need it for.

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Spend your money on an Incra miter gauge for your tablesaw

https://www.amazon.com/Incra-MITER10...70_&dpSrc=srch

It will transform your crosscutting experience and make you forget about a miter saw until you start cutting really long boards.

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Vince spoke my thoughts. If you plan on doing some construction I would go with the mitre saw. Do you really need it to slide ? for fine woodworking the non slider is easier to set up and more accurate. If you don't plan on doing any construction, I would go with the drill press. These machines are not very complex so a used one would be easy to inspect for good condition.

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Harbor Freight has a 10" sliding miter saw usually less than $100 with a coupon.
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Hi,
I am looking to get a miter saw. I want a sliding one with a bevel. I am thinking about a 10". My budget is around $200 $250 max. Any recommendations for a beginner miter saw?

Also which do you use more miter saw or drill press?

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WOOD magazine did a review of sliding compound miter saws that are in your price range. SEARS model 21237 did well in the review. I bought one on sale for $198 and it's worked well. The problem with sliding miter saws in this price range will be the accuracy of the cuts and the sturdiness/quality of the saw components. As others have said miter saws and drill presses are totally different tools and the amount of usage will depend on the work that you need to do.
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