10 Inch Sliding Miter Saw Head to Head
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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