dard blade by making repeat kerfs.
You might also want to try a negative h(K)k angle blade which grabs the stock less aggressively and forces the stock down and back against the fence. Several companies make 10-in. versions of these blades. But Freud offers both a 10-in. and an 8'/i-in. blade with a 5° negative hook angle (model LU91M, available from Tarheel Filing Co. Inc., 3400 Lake Woodard Dr., Raleigh, NC 27604,800-322^641).
So what's the best buy? There are no clear winners among these saws, and the street prices are all pretty similar except for the higher-priced AEG. If I was buying one, I'd sec it as a toss-up between the Hitachi and Makita. But three AW editors thought the Makita had the edge. The fit and finish of both saws is good. 1 liked the positive miter detents and smooth slide on the Makita. The Hitachi has superior dust collection when used with a shop vacuum, and its standard blade cuts smoothly. Plus, the saw has an overall feeling of quality. If I was on a budget, I'd consider buying the Sears saw. It's the heaviest (69 lbs.), but comes at the lowest price and has no serious deficiencies.
Whichever saw you choose, check and adjust the alignment to ensure that everything is working properly. If there's a problem, it's best to discover it before putting the saw to work. ▲
is an assi stant editor of AW.
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