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Which Mitre Saw?

Discussion in 'Tools and Materials' started by Hudson1984, 27 Oct 2018.

  1. Hudson1984

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    So, i'm in the market for a mitre saw but don't know what do go for..

    I don't want to go nuts, I'm only really starting my "make stuff" journey but I do prefer to buy right, buy once.

    I am a Makita fan, so the LS0815FL is on the list £259.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VIW3...=1006893&hvtargid=pla-487723801087&th=1&psc=1

    But I don't want to spend £260 odd for the sake of the brand. Especially when other options may be the better choice

    Which leads me to the Evolution Rage 3, £160
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/evolutio...e-bevel-sliding-compound-mitre-saw-240v/23442

    £100 is a good saving, Especially as I have projects on the list, £100 buys a decent amount of wood!

    There are loads of others of course, just wondered if anyone had any advice. I'm attracted to the multi cut with the Rage, as I would like to do the odd bit of metal work (nothing major just welding thin box for example) so being able to cut that and wood on one unit would be great.
     
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    I've got an Evolution Rage, probably a bit older than that one as I have had mine for a year or so. Works fine although I'm not too sure of the accuracy of the mitre guages. Works fine on metal. The dust extraction isn't particularly good when cutting wood although that could well be my home made dust extractor.

    I've never had a Makita or a De Walt mainly because of the silly prices but I'm no pro purely a hobbyist.
     
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    The Makita is a double bevel saw, the Evolution single bevel. Evolution tie you into buying their saw blades because the warranty is void if the machine is returned with a non Evo blade or none at all. Makita offer to arrange carriage for the item to be returned, Evo require the customer to pre pay the carriage.

    But Evo have very good reviews, and are cheaper so probably fine for DIY use, but I would say overall the Makita would last longer.

    The metal cutting blade is a gimmick IMO but a good one as Evolution are a very successful company.

    Blup
     
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    As pete says the mitre gauges are not very accurate, I've thrown away 2 brand new evo saws after 2 or 3 goes, the castings are cheap and lightweight, the bore size in the blade is unique to evo so you will not get another blade to fit it, all in all just a cheap starter saw, you would soon wish you'd put that money into a brand name saw
     
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    I'd 100% buy the Makita over the Evolution. It's not really a saving as the quality doesn't compare.

    I have a range cut off saw (not the mitre) which is used purely for cutting unistrut and rolled steel angle. It's small and light but doesn't replace my Makita LS1230
     
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    I have an Evolution saw, maybe not that exact model but very similar.
    It’s great for things like studwork. It seems not precise enough for precison joinery - though maybe I need to fettle it a bit, and make sure the timber isn’t sat on bits of swarf, etc. I don’t personally know how much better (if any) the more expensive saws are.
    Most seriously, you don’t have the option of changing the blade for one with finer teeth; the hole is a non-standard size and they only make one blade.
    What do you plan to use it for?
     
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    Bit of everything really, next year i'd like to make a garden bench
    I would like to make more cabinetry in the garage - which will include a mitre station (seem odd buying a saw to make a place for a saw) but would also be the entire garage cabinet (draws shelves etc)
    Normal home DIY jobs - skirting board, shelving etc.

    I liked the idea of being able to cut thin steel as i'd like to do use scaffold tube for some projects being able to cut that would be handy. As well as some other welding projects.

    So essentially a fair bit of variety but I want an accurate tool - I can cut wonky by hand, don't want to spend money on wonky cuts
     
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    Look at dewalt or makita for a good mitre saw.

    I have an old Makita LS1040 and a DeWalt DWS780. the 780 is overkill unless you need the capacity but I would recommend either.

    Makita new LS1019 looks ideal for a mitre station in the garage as the back can be hard up to the wall and still offer the capacity of a slider but it is double the price of the Evolution 3-DB.
     

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    yeah lovely bit of kit but much more than i'd ever realistically need and that price is far above what I can justify to myself.

    at the moment, the LS0815FL looks the front runner, but that's mainly because I like a set and having another Makita item would feel consistant, but if there was a bosch or dewalt in the same ballpark that was better quality i'd certainly hear views. My brother in law loves dewalt (and has the top of the range mitre!!) but I don't need to compete in terms of function, I just need something that will last, make decent cuts and let me make things should I get the urge.
     
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    The Makita on amazon you linked to is a 110v, do you have a transformer?

    How about this dewalt....
    https://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-dws773-gb-216mm-single-bevel-sliding-compound-mitre-saw-240v/9008j
     
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    It's the difference between having a Lada Niva and a Land-Rover Discovery - they both get you there but the Discovery is far less crude
     
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    Its a Lada Riva and I had one of those back in the day. Also way back then I assure you there wasn't difference in the quality of a Lada and a Discovery only in the price.
     
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