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I was looking to purchase a new compound miter saw and can't decide which one to get. Which one will give me the best 90 and 45 degree cuts? I will be looking at my old magazines and new ones of course to see which ones received the best reviews. And of course I will be looking online also. I want to ask this question here to see what kind of replies I will get on the saws and also if you have one tell me what you like about yours and don't like and which one would you get if you wanted to replace yours if you had to. I was thinking of spending somewhere in the $200 range. I don't want to spend too much on one. I don't really need the ones that come with the laser beam. Just something basic that will give me true cuts. Thanks everyone! Stay safe!

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My miter saw was a present for Christmas 2 years ago. It's a 10" Craftsman with a laser. I know this saw was under $200. The best thing I can say about it is once I changed the blade I was happy with my results. None of the factory extra's impressed me. The table extension that came with mine is not to be trusted for being square to the table. The dust collection bag is useless, even with a small shop vac attached to the port most of the dust escapes. The electronic brake works well, the pivot stops for the miter are pretty close to dead on. It is a valuable part of my workshop. I am planning on building a bench with wooden extension tables and an extended fence this spring. I feel that for the money this saw is a good value. Keep in mind that the saws with a single laser usually project the line on the left side of your cut. This makes it easy for the majority of work. A twin laser system projects a line on each side of the blade which would be a benefit to a production shop.

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Thanks Mike, something to keep in mind. Later...

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I have the 10" Ryobi with about the same features as Mike's Craftsman and the cost was about the same also. I have been very happy with it after a year and a half of extensive use. I did mount it on the Delta folding moble Miter saw table which has made that thing as versitale as it gets. I highly recommend the Delta unit for mobility and flexibility, it is one purchase I would do over again many times if needed.
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I bought one at lowe's the gmc brand sliding 10" miter saw came with a laser guide and works really well for as far as I used it I paid 143.00 for it that was with 20% off the price. The only difference from a standard model from the sliding miter is that you can cut 8" boards insted of 6" board on the standard miter saw.
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Wow, thanks guys for your answers. I just want to make sure I get a miter saw that makes perfect fitting miter cuts. Anybody have any opinions on the Ridgid brand from Home Depot? I haven't seen those yet since I don't have a Home Depot store close by. Anybody?
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All the Ridgid power tools perform well. One of my buddies has a Ridgid table saw and it is a quality built machine. My only complaint would be the single source to buy from. Competition for business makes for better service and better prices.

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My wife bought me a cheapie (Mastercraft <$100) that performs well enough until you want to get accurate. Really a pain to align square and the fence wasn't straight. My advice to to look for the best one yu can possibly afford. Also, I particularly dislike the thumb safety on mine as well as the one on one of my circular saws - my next one will be designed whio assumes I'm smart enough to keep my fingers out of the way and to keep it away from children.

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I have the Porter Cable 10" 3700L with twin laser. I really like this saw. I find
the laser is very accurate and does help with accurate cuts..

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I have the Rigid jointer and drill press and am happy with the quality of both. Use good blades and set up properly and you should have no trouble with Rigid or most other brands. It is a master and not the tool that makes the difference. The tool only spins the blades for the most part.

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