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

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Hercules is the new professional brand from Harbor Freight. They are stepping up their game. I have a yr to check it out. If I don't like it I can take it back. It feels better than the DeWalt They compare it to.
I have a DEWALT chop saw and all my drills are dewalt. Can't say anything bad about them. Bought a Ryobe router once. It lasted about 2 months. lesson learned.
Hercules may be a great saw. I have no clue, I hope it works well for you
 

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stop by a pawn shop, by far the best deals i've found on quality tools.
 

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I’d add workboots and wetsuits to that list, but yeah. I largely agree.
I’m too poor to go cheap.
I'm with you on the workboots. I can't stand wet feet and I can't wear cheap boots. I don't need a wetsuit. I live in ga and I don't scuba ( never had the opportunity)
 

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I've heard DeWalt are not manufactured in the US anymore, just assembled here. The one at Home Depot felt cheap. I thought it was weird because DeWalt has good tools. Maybe they are over confident now. Becoming slackers.
They're ALL made somewhere in Asia today. Not just Dewalt, but B&D, Bosch, Ridgid, Craftsman, etc. Even Hitachi, which is Japanese are made in China. That's why I only really pay attention to the warranty. I prefer the Hitachis because they're less expensive, and some carry a 5 year warranty. Check out the Hitachi #C10FSHC 10" dual bevel sliding laser miter saw at some places as low as $249 (Menards). 5 year warranty, and it's configured so that you don't need any rear clearance when you slide the blade towards the back.
 

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I ditch the washer when I use my dado (Freud Super Dado).
Sadly, that is with no washer. I just have a cheap Craftsman table saw they was in the wife's Grandpa's shop. It gets the job done, but it's definitely not the nicest saw. Aluminum top, shitty fence, under powered.
 

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I know a lot has been said already but my 2 cents would be its not even a question get the dewalt, you wont be sorry.
I have the Hercules. I was wanting the DeWalt but it felt too cheap now, than the ones from yrs ago.
 

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I'm interested to see what these are like. Like Bytor mentioned, this is a new line from Harbor Freight meant to break into the professional tool market. Could be quite disruptive if they actually are decent quality.
 

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Sadly, that is with no washer. I just have a cheap Craftsman table saw they was in the wife's Grandpa's shop. It gets the job done, but it's definitely not the nicest saw. Aluminum top, shitty fence, under powered.
Keep an eye out on CL, both in the tools and free sections. Lots of times, when widows and/or kids are cleaning out dad's workshop they think those old dusty things are worthless...
 

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I'm interested to see what these are like. Like Bytor mentioned, this is a new line from Harbor Freight meant to break into the professional tool market. Could be quite disruptive if they actually are decent quality.
I read a lot of reviews on this. I didn't see anything that they are not good quality saws.
 

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I had a DeWalt yrs ago and did want another one. But they seem to be getting cheap. I never like the stand but it was free when I bought my saw. The Hercules feels solid. I haven't tried it yet. I just got it yesterday and will wait for the weather to break. It has a one years warranty. They even say if you don't like it bring it back no questions ask. So I have a yr to try it out.
Looking forward to your review. I plan on upgrading from a 12 DeWalt miter to a 12 slider soon. Was planning on going with another DeWalt so would like too hear what your experience is.

Thanks,

s
 

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I can remember the first time I saw Norm use that big slider with the laser guide. I had some serious TAS (tool acquisition syndrome).

In my old workshop, I had about 10 feet of continuous counter space on the back side of the shop (shop was almost 16' long, IIRC). In the middle I built in a recess to allow me to remove a piece of countertop and have a spot for the mitre saw that lined up perfectly with the countertop as infeed/outfeed tables.

One of the key things that I learned from Norm was lighting. You need lots of lights and different types like direct (spot light), indirect (overhead ceiling light) and diffused (upward facing sconces or some other form of reflected light).*


* Going from memory, so I may have got the names he used wrong, but you can get the drift, spot, overhead and sconce.
 

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Looking forward to your review. I plan on upgrading from a 12 DeWalt miter to a 12 slider soon. Was planning on going with another DeWalt so would like too hear what your experience is.

Thanks,

s
I'm going to unbox and test it this weekend. A lot of the reviews are from guys that know what they are talking about. Cabinet makers and finish carpenters and DIYers.
 

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I can remember the first time I saw Norm use that big slider with eh laser guide. I had some serious TAS (tool acquisition syndrome).

In my old workshop, I had about 10 feet of continuous counter space on the back side of the shop (shop was almost 16' long, IIRC). In the middle I built in a recess to allow me to remove a piece of countertop and have a spot for the mitre saw that lined up perfectly with the countertop as infeed/outfeed tables.
Norm was my inspiration to get into woodworking. I watched The New Yankee Work Shop every weekend.
 

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Norm was my inspiration to get into woodworking. I watched The New Yankee Work Shop every weekend.
I have always wanted a mortising chisel and bit, since I saw him first use one, many moons ago. That said, so far I have never built anything with a mortise and tenon joint. I still want one, though.

I did buy the Porter Cable biscuit joiner...
 

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I have always wanted a mortising chisel and bit, since I saw him first use one, many moons ago. That said, so far I have never built anything with a mortise and tenon joint. I still want one, though.

I did buy the Porter Cable biscuit joiner...
I had one of these it was one of the tools I got rid of it and I wished I didn't. Like I said before I had a lot of tools in storage and was paying more for storage than I paid for the tools so I sold everything.
I was making Craftsmen/Arts And Craft style furniture. A lot of mortise and tenons.
 

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The most important lesson I have come across lately was this one by a guy who goes by Stumpy Nubs. It's in regards to table saw safety but really made me think about cutting tool safety in general. Some good advice on keeping safe in this video. Whenever I forget to put safety first I'm reminded and some time it's not so pretty.

What's a guitar player without his fingers?

Sad!

s
 

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When I was a kid, my dad had a tablesaw in the backyard and it threw a small piece of 2x4 across the street and into the tops of some big ass avacado trees. It went over the telephone lines on the other side of the street.
I’ve been pretty careful with them ever since.
 

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The most important lesson I have come across lately was this one by a guy who goes by Stumpy Nubs. It's in regards to table saw safety but really made me think about cutting tool safety in general. Some good advice on keeping safe in this video. Whenever I forget to put safety first I'm reminded and some time it's not so pretty.

What's a guitar player without his fingers?

Sad!

s
First thing I did to my table saw was remove that awful safety cover thing. It made the saw virtually inoperable.
 


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