Hercules Professional 12" Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw vs. Dewalt DWS780

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I'm looking for a new 12" Sliding Compound Miter saw.

I saw this comparison and now Harbor Freight has a 20% coupon for any one item. That would put the saw around $280 from $349. The DeWalt is $499. I have had a DeWalt yrs ago and I liked it. The comparison on these saw is so close. I'm really leaning towards the Hercules.

 

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It seems to me that harbor freight power tools do not have a very good reputation. I’m sure I heard that somewhere, maybe I’m wrong.
 

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It seems to me that harbor freight power tools do not have a very good reputation. I’m sure I heard that somewhere, maybe I’m wrong.
I've heard good and bad about HF tools. This is their new professional line of tools.
 

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Look at Ridgid, lifetime warranty and a decent saw.
 

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I have the 780. It's fantastic right out of the gate. Barely, if any, tweaking needed. If you aren't in a rush, wait for a killer deal. With a sale and a well timed coupon this wouldn't be a decision. I got mine for around $375 from Lowes. And it came with a stand.
 

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I have the 780. It's fantastic right out of the gate. Barely, if any, tweaking needed. If you aren't in a rush, wait for a killer deal. With a sale and a well timed coupon this wouldn't be a decision. I got mine for around $375 from Lowes. And it came with a stand.
I had a Dewalt yrs ago and the stand. I only got rid of it because I moved and had it in storage. I was paying more for storage than I had paid for the stuff I was storing. Now I'm wanting to get a good saw again. I have the HF 12" sliding compound miter. Cheap as hell but it did what I needed at the time. It's time to upgrade. I've been watching Home Depot for the sale with the stand.
 

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I'd go with the Dewalt, no question. I'd go with any of the major brands before I'd buy a power tool from Hazard Fraught unless it was for a one-off project that I'd plan to junk afterwards.
 

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I'm not sure I'd trust my limbs to a fast spinning full-size saw blade on a Harbor Freight machine.
I could not have said it better.... HF is largely hobby-grade, junk.

Dewalt FTW, every time. Borrowing an old gun expression, "Buy once; cry once." You get what you pay for!
 

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Harbor freight is great for oddball and infrequent use tools. Also, their large tool cabinets are fantastic quality considering the price.

If you're getting a miter saw for projects here and there, go for it. But if you're going to beat the hell out of it, go Dewalt.

I just got their bench top thickness planer for Christmas. Nice enough for my purposes, but I'm only going to use it from time to time.
 

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Have you looked at the Hitachi? That was what I went with and I love mine.
That's what I have. It's been through 3 whole-house renovations and tons of side projects. Good stuff.
 

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I have the DeWalt and it works great, but my old boss has the Bosch and I liked it better than my Dewalt. Every power tool battery/electric I own is DeWalt.

The Bosch was just nicer to use. Easier to slide, adjust and just make quick repetitive cuts. The stands are really nice too.
 

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That's what I have. It's been through 3 whole-house renovations and tons of side projects. Good stuff.
It really is a great saw. And he probably get one for in between the price of the DeWalt and HF. I, too, would not buy a power tool from HF unless it was a cheap throw away thing.

I do have some DeWalt tools as well and they make great tools, no question about it. Before I buy anything I just do a lot of research and comparisons instead of brand shop though. But, I do narrow it down to name brands with good reputations.
 

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I'm going to keep an eye on the DeWalt saw when then have the stand free with it.
 


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