10 Inch Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head

DEWALT DW717

The DEWALT DW717 is a heavy duty saw that will sure to be a workhorse for you and your crew. DEWALT miter saws are jobsite legends, ask any carpenter if they’ve used a DEWALT on a job and you’ll be hard pressed to hear a “no”, unless you’re talking to a guy on his first day. Regardless the DW717 doesn’t disappoint with a no frills, highly capable saw, that delivers power and accuracy. To read an in-depth run down of this saw check out Ethan’s DEWALT DW717 review here on TBB.

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The DW717 is built for professionals, all heavy duty construction, with serious capacity, and performance you’d expect from a contractor grade tool. The DEWALT DW717 features a simple detent mechanism for bevel cuts, just as easily as you can lock into the detent you can bypass them, which makes setting and resetting accurate bevels a breeze. Additionally, DEWALT offers this saw with the LED blade shadow light option to mark the blade in ANY lighting situation. this feature, unlike a laser, never has to be calibrated since it casts a shadow on the blade mounted to the saw. Works on any blade thickness!

The saw we tested came out of the box with the need for some fine tuning, but the saw is designed to adjust as needed, and tuning was simple enough. The variations noted were minor but noticeable enough to the user to make the correction upon inspection or a few cuts into a project. Overall the DEWALT DW717 exhibited good dust collection, solid power, and although is a heavier model, is convenient to carry. At $469 this saw is priced just right and for the money you are getting a dependable, powerful, and professional grade tool.

Festool “Kapex” KS 120 EB

The Festool “Kapex” KS 120 EB has quite the reputation among carpenters and woodworkers as the premier saw in the industry. When you think precision, consistency, and speed you think Festool’s Kapex miter saw, unfortunately the next thing you think is; “how am I going to afford that?” This saw was designed to be integrated with dust collection and ensures surgically precise cuts, two features in high demand by finish carpenters and their fussy clients. So if you are working in high end markets, where perfection is the only standard, a saw like this, at the sticker price of $1,400 may be well worth it for you.

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Besides the cost Festool’s “Kapex” KS 120 EB is loaded with innovative features that you can only get with Festool. From the simplicity of a cord wrap or highlighting adjustment features in their signature light neon green, to a super effective dust collection system that collected 24% more debris than the next competitor. Festool also delivers one of a kind features like a dual laser that marks both edges of the kerf of the blade and a “special cutting position” that allows the user to flip a lever that shifts the position of the saw to use the back portion more effectively, resulting in cut capacity that reaches 6-5/8″ crown molding and depths of 4-3/4″ on 3/4″ stock. Also a feature of the Bosch CM10GD.

Bottom line this saw is packed with unique features, one of a kind capabilities, and is guaranteed to deliver quality results. But as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”, and this miter saw is not cheap. This tool is probably most suited for a shop environment or a secure large finish carpentry jobsite, either way this Festool “Kapex” KS 120 EB miter saw is an investment. To learn more about the saw check out our detailed Festool KS120EB review by Rob Robillard on TBB.

Hitachi C10FSHPS

Hitachi’s C10FSHPS 10″ Inch Miter saw is another usual suspect on the jobsite. Known for it’s light weight, large cutting capacity, and the dependability you expect from a professional grade brand, this saw is a carpenter’s workhorse. No frills, no surprises, just a heavy duty saw that is simple to use and delivers exceptional accuracy day in and day out. I’m a huge fan of the 10″ Hitachi and although there aren’t many unique or innovative features to boast about this saw is still a great choice for contractors and serious DIYers alike.

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The C10FSHPS stands out with it’s ambidextrous handle, easy to engage safety trigger, and simple controls. This is the type of saw that you can put on a jobsite and won’t get a single question from the crew on adjustment or operation. This is a straightforward, hardworking miter saw that will not disappoint. The C10FSHPS is fairly bare bones, but includes a few really nice features like a soft electronic start, laser marker, and professional quality dust collection. All well worth the price of $499, especially for a tool you know will last for years.

The Hitachi C10FSHPS performed well during our dust collection test, noted for the least amount of dust build up on the table and fence, which can throw off the accuracy of your cuts if not tended to. The saw delivered contractor grade power during our speed test, and transports easily as one of our lighter models, with well thought out handles to make transportation to and from the jobsite as painless as possible. If you want to learn more about this contractor grade saw, check out one of our newest team members’ Hitachi C10FSHPS review on TBB.

About the author

Philip Benevides

Phil is a 28-year old Air Force Veteran who decided to transform his passion for construction and home improvement into a career. Inspired by his Grandfather who built his home from the ground up with his bare hands in Portugal, he received his formal training in Carpentry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, MA. Phil continues to grow his skills as a lead carpenter, managing job sites in and around Boston, and a Captain in the Air National Guard bettering himself as a leader. He loves exploring new building products and construction methods to solve job-site problems and reviewing tools for the pro-contractor and serious DIYer.

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15 Comments

  1. […] know the guys at ToolBoxBuzz have been hard at work on this 10” Sliding Miter Saw compareo with 7 of the most popular brands. […]

  2. Good to see this, although I’m surprised to NOT see the Rigid saw. I’d like to raise three concerns:

    Power test: Your power test is valid only in the “as purchased configuration”, which means using the stock blade. A proper power test would have used identical new aftermarket blades in order to eliminate a variable based on a consumable.

    Accuracy: What the heck? No ranking for accuracy?

    User Friendliness: How much of a pain is it to change the blade? Nifty power cord like Festool, or troublesome fixed cord that is a pain to replace when some tool (i.e. fool on a jobsite) drops a dozer blade on it? Ease of dialing in the bevels. Etc. Think of all the little usage things that have annoyed you about sliders in the past, and then evaluate these saws against those considerations.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      BikerDad – Couple things. The Ridgid wasn’t included because they didn’t want to enter the mix. Their 10″ sliding compound saw is actually built by another company that licenses the Brand for their saw.

      We agree with the power comparison, however, when we’ve tried to compare saws in the past using identical blades it makes the comparison even harder. No doubt the blade is probably the biggest factor. What we were striving for his is the best out of box comparison we could achieve.

      We could do an entire week of testing on accuracy and likely not do it justice. We did look at the accuracy out of the box (noted in the article) of how well the saw was set up at the factory for squareness. With this many saws we do our best to give an overview comparison.

      I think if you read carefully you’ll see that we pointed out these type of issues. For example, the Bosch has a big leg up on the competition with it’s upfront bevel controls.

      Really appreciate the feedback, certainly all very valid points that we’ll consider for the next comparison. The more we dive into these comparisons the more we quickly realize that unless we have a staff of 20, and weeks of time, we can’t possibly do a full blown research project. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Owen

        Hi Todd, what company builds the Ridgid saw? I am trying to source one here in Australia and trying to work out if it has been rebranded something different again on our shelves

        1. Todd Fratzel

          Typically the saws are sourced from TTI. The saw that was mentioned in this article I’m not sure who the manufacturer is. Wish I could be of more assistance. Good luck.

  3. William Abel

    I have owned dewalt makita hitachi saws over the last thirty years, I due custom kitchens for a living and purchased a festool kapex 6 months ago.I wish i had bought it 5 years ago when it came out.Yeah it is a lot of money ,but i am a better craftsmen when using it. so much cleaner then my dewalt or makita and the cut is outstanding. Durability ? I have not owned it long enough yet,but if it is like my festool drills then I will be more then satisfied. I have a five year old t drill and the batteries are as good as new, dewalt panasonic bosch, lasted 3 years at best.

  4. John Monju

    I think that another catagory should be the quality and precision of the slide mechenism. The amount of slop, the smoothness,or extreem lack of smoothness in several brands, is a very important element in the overall quality of a SCMS. Vertical cut capacity is also an important, unadressed catagory.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      John – All valid things to consider. While not a specific category, we took into account the slide mechanisms in our overall evaluation. The Bosch leads that category followed by Festool. The vertical cut capacity was very similar on all models, the basic limiting factor is the blade size. Thanks for the feedback!

  5. IanRose

    I have had a lot of sliding saws over the 23 years I have been using them. I just purchased the Kapex the first of Feb , I would not put those other 10′ saws in the same room as the Kapex. The engineering involved in making that saw is unprecedented in everyway .

  6. Pierre Grégoire

    The Bosch CM10GD is describe as a poor dust collection system.
    In your video we see the Bosch CM10GD making two cuts.

    The second cut, with the classic and never efficient bag on any miter saw I know.
    Result, a lot of dust flying around.

    The first cut, with some dust collection hooked to the saw.
    A lot more efficient.

    As for all other cuts on the six other saw, there is always a dust collector connected to them

  7. Weston

    Hello,

    I was wondering if you have tested the newer Canadian Tire Maximum dual bevel saw either the 10″ or 12″Please see link below. I have tried the older models but I wasn’t a big fan of the accuracy.

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/maximum-dual-bevel-sliding-mitre-saw-12-in-0556768p.html

    Thank you

    1. Todd Fratzel

      We have not….haven’t seen it here in the US.

  8. Benjamin Lane

    Excellent overall review. As an owner of three of these saws (Bosch, DeWalt, and Festool) I can say quite confidently the Festool is the best. The lasers (which up until this saw I always viewed as a gimmick) on both sides of the blade are remarkably accurate once calibrated. Dust collection with their CT 36 (amazing in itself) is by far the best of the lot, and makes remodels much less stressful on homeowners. It can be placed tight up against a wall, which is another big deal to remodelers who often have to work in spaces not ideally suited.

    The one thing I would love to see included in the review was the overall mobility of the rigs. Back in the day (I am starting to get some gray hairs!) I loved the DeWalt the most simply because it was the only one I could get with a stand at all. Now something like a “gravity rise” stand with the saw permanently mounted is the standard. With that being said, this is where the Kapex REALLY shines. The saw itself is only 47 pounds, and the stand is 46. The Bosch saw is 64 pounds, while the stand is a whopping 77 pounds. It is also (with base) like 52″ wide, while the Kapex is only 36″.

    I am 37 years old now, so the sheer mobility of the Kapex alone is worth it. As I primarily do remodeling, the dust collection is just as important. No more “zip wall” systems need to be set up around the cut station. Features such as variable speed just further the argument for the Kapex. The only thing I really miss is being able to cut 6″ base standing up as I do on the DeWalt 12″, but the compound cuts/laser/zero blade deflection combination is so accurate on the Kapex that I just lay it down with no worries at all. The rip fence was always machined poorly on the DeWalt anyhow, so even if you could cut the base standing up it wouldn’t matter because since the entire fence wasn’t at 90 degrees with the table (unadjustable) the cut wouldn’t be straight, as the entire piece is leaning back slightly.

    The cost of the Kapex and the stand ($888?!?! what?!) is prohibitive for most, but once you bite the bullet you will never go back. Sooner or later every one of us grow from being just a carpenter to a true craftsman and the Kapex is the only saw I have EVER used that gives me the confidence to lay wide ass crown on the flat and it’s going to be perfect. $10/ft wide Clear Maple crown doesn’t afford a carpenter the flexibility to screw up or just slather caulk on the joint like you can get away with on paint grade stuff. If you’re serious about your craft, get the Kapex. Period.

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Thanks Ben…..great feedback.

  9. Rob Rinde

    I looked up the MAXIMUM 12′ saw referenced by the earlier poster as available from Canadian Tire and was intrigued. A further review showed a pdf. instruction manual almost identical to that of the Craftsman saw reviewed in this article. It seems that MAXIMUM also makes a 10″ version which is just like the 10″ reviewed here but with enhanced features; front mounted bevel release, power switch lockout, etc. Who makes these saws (and the Craftsman) and are they available here in the USA under another name. I am thinking of trying to purchase one out of Canada if the exchange rate is favorable.

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