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hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

I am thinking of getting a nice 10" miter saw. Can anyone tell me if this size can cut 4x4's easily. Or which saw can do this for around $300. Thx keep up the good work Steve H. NJ
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sweensdv
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

I believe most quality 10" miter saws can crosscut a 4x4 at 90°.  You shouldn't have any trouble finding a good one for well under your $300 figure.  For that kind of money your getting into the neighborhood of 12" saws.  There are a lot of quality saws to be sure but the DeWalt saws seem to be very well liked.

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Jim Frye
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

I have a 10" compound miter saw and it will cut a 4x4 at 90 degrees.  Here's the cutting capacities from the technical data. 

Cutting Capacities

Baseboard against fence: 3-1/2"

Crown molding laying flat: 4-5/8" (Bevel 33.9° x Miter 31.6°)

90° miter cut: 2" x 6" or 4" x 4"

45° miter cut: 2" x 4"

45° bevel cut: 2" x 6"

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grandpabear
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

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   i believe most 10" saws will cut just over 3".

  edited: just reread the OP. my comment was meant for table saws


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RussBoyd
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

I would definitely check the specs on the saw. They usually are shown on the description tag. As you can see by the different answers, all saws are not the same.

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lowes toolan
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

Hi!  I just happened onto your inquiry.  Kobalt makes has a 10"{ sliding miter saw for $199 that will do just what you want and more. Crown molding and all. See a Lowe's.  Works great too!

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Eric Brigham
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

I got a 10" Black & Decker miter saw a couple years ago, back when they had their good quality Firestorm series going.  The first thing I did with that saw was make two work benches with 4X4 legs.  It cut all the way through most of the legs, but a few of them I did have to saw off the final 1/16" that it just barely couldn't reach.  My point: 4X4 is the max.  I'll also make this point...when I bought that saw, I thougt that a 10" miter saw would be all that I would need.  Well, I have wished several times since that I saved a little more money to get a sliding compound saw.  A 12" blade might be a bonus too, but if my saw just had the range of a sliding MS, things would be easier.

 

With all that said, if you have $300 dollars to spend, and plan to cut a lot of 4X4 or boards/pannels wider than about 5 1/2", I would be either looking for the best 12" compound miter saw in that dollar range, or saving annother $160 for a 10" sliding compound saw (Jet makes one that might be worth checking out: sells for $460 at www.toolzone.com).  I just glanced at www.Amazon.com and Hitachi has a 10" slider for $400.

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Randy@Yorktown
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

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I have a rather old Craftsman 10" saw.  It doesn't quite make through a 4x4.  It leaves just a bit on the bottom outside corner.

 

BTW, I agree totally with Eric.  If you're willing to spend $300, I would look around a bit for a 12" saw.  If you've ever had to struggle with the limitations of a 10" saw, I don't think you would hesitate to go for a 12" model.  Check this:  http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DW715-Heavy-Duty-12-Inch-Compound/dp/B000ASBCK4/ref=dp_ob_title_hi

 

Good luck

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skunnmann.ee74
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

I would definitely hold out for a sliding CMS.  I think the sliding contributes more to the cut capacity than the blade size in an article I read a while back.

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TNT Sr
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Re: hello, depth of cut on miter saw 10" realistically?

I'm jumping on the sliding CMS bandwagon.  For that kind of money, compare a 10" SCMS to a 12".  Either one of those, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.  I've just got a standard 10" so I can't speak on either, but know if I had the money when I bought mine, I wouldn't gone with a sliding.

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