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Hitchachi Slider near the top of the heap...
on October 3, 2000
..But not quite there! I work in Montana building high end homes where a sliding compound miter saw is a must. We use them for both exterior and interior finish where tight tolerances are essential. We have the Hitachi, a Dewalt DW708, and a Makita LS1211. The Hitachi makes accurate, precise cuts and has a silky smooth sliding action. It is durable, and at 10 amps doesn't require setting up as close to the power supply as the 15 amp Makita or the 13 amp Dewalt. Most of the guys prefer it, but I am in the minority of 2 who do not. The reason is that the Hitachi has a cluttered miter scale that is very hard to decipher in the 25-45 degree range. Us older guys can't see anyway, and this makes it worse! It also is extremely difficult to make minute adjustments near the detent settings, a real drawback when making 1/32" to nothing adjustments on a cut piece. Both of these are significant drawbacks in my book, as we change miter settings regularly. The bevel indicator scale is also hard to read, and the tilt-lock design needs improving. However, the saw does not wander in the cut when cutting wide stock (with a competent operator), which the Dewalt is particularly prone to. I plan to upgrade soon, and will probably go with the new Makita 12". But the Hitachi is very common on jobsites in my area, and in our company there are at least 6 guys that own one. They love 'em!