DELTA 36-250 Sidekick 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw with Stand
With easy portability and adjustment features built for speed, Delta's Sidekick 10-inch sliding compound miter saw makes a great cutting partner. Weighing in at only 56 pounds, the Sidekick is definitely designed for the job site, rather than the woodshop. Unlike other saws in its class, the Sidekick's entire base pivots--a distinctive feature that surely helped Delta build such a lightweight saw. The entire stand and saw also conveniently fold together for one-person carrying; it's pretty slick. The saw's dual horizontal rods are located underneath the base, too, which certainly protects the saw's slide and also seems to give the saw a lower, more stable center of balance. The ergonomic D-shaped handle is comfortable for either left- or right-handed use. The cam-action miter lock--always a good idea with miter saws--is definitely quicker and easier to use than the old traditional screw locks. This saw only bevels to the left, however, and setting the miter gauge requires more effort than we'd like. The scale is set from behind the fence, which means you have to lean over the saw a bit to set your angle. It isn't a hassle, exactly, but it might be more effort than finish carpenters--who have to dial in exact angles all day long--would like. However, anyone would appreciate the stock stops, which extend up to 59 inches down the stand. As is standard, Delta's Sidekick has positive stops set at 0, 22-1/2, 31.62, and 45 degrees. Spinning a 10-inch blade at 5,000 rpm, the Sidekick cuts widths to 11-1/2 inches at 90 degrees and 8 inches at 45 degrees. It's a good, solid saw, all in all, especially for contractors who want big cutting capacity and who are tired of lugging heavy compound miter saws and stands around. --Justin Paul
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61 of 62 found the following review helpful:
Good Saw with accessories for Good priceNov 10, 1999
This is a really good saw with a host of accessories that usually are not included with others. The stand is nice and sturdy although the work supports could be a little beefier. The only real gripe I have with this saw is the table adjustment. The table does not lock at the common mitre's very well. It takes a little time to get it precise because of the lack of stops. All-in-all, a great package for the price.
46 of 47 found the following review helpful:
Great saw!Dec 31, 1999
By Thorsten von Eicken I bought one of these two years ago to build my first greenhouse. I just love it! I looked at alternatives, and at the time there just wasn't much else to compare. I cut many 4x6's as well as small delicate items. The included saw blade is good, but I bought a better one (a Freud) since for fine work. The sliding mechanism is great and the stand is very convenient. I was worried that it would be too flimsy, but that's not the case. It certainly flexes, but since the saw is firmly attached to the metal table, it doesn't really matter. And it certainly can't be beat for convenience, unless you have space for a fixed mount. The sliding mechanism is very smooth and seems to resist dirt very well. As mentioned in another review, the mitre stops could be firmer. Also, when setting an arbitrary angle, one has to wiggle a bit back and forth to get a precise setting. Overall, it's a big ticket item, but I'm so glad I went for it. A cheaper item would have caused so much more work and grief.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Looks can be decieving.........Sep 01, 2004
By J. Hagen I bought this saw 8 mos. ago and I use it every day. I am a finish carpenter and do cabinetry in high-end estates. After using DeWalts DW708 and Hitachi's 8.5 slide compounds for years, I bought this saw thinnking I was getting a deal (the big base, the stand). The only good thing I can say is that it still works when I plug it in. The bad: the worst thing is that this saw has so much "head-flex" that you can not achieve accurate miter cuts on larger crown moulding. The head will actually flex on a compound cut, and can "flex" sometimes up to 1/16 through the cut, especially in hardwoods, where more pressure is needed. It is so frustating trying to get large crown to fit laser tight with this saw. The miter guage is a sticker and is peeeling off making it soon non-existant to read any stops. The stops are achieved with the ball bearing settling into a detent on the lower plate, this is horrible when trying to find accuracy, I have a real hard time making perfect 90 deg. cuts the farther I pull the blade out... Why didn't DELTA make a positive detent stop on the popular degrees?? The stand is falling apart, I am constantly finding peices in the back of my truck or on the floor of the shop ( I do not abuse my tools or throw them around) , Delta won't replace lost peices only broken ones. It only tilts right, and it wouldn't have been difficult to cast the rear aluminum peoce for a left tilt also. On the job sites, the saw attracts a lot of attention because you can't ever find one of these in a store, people like the big base and the stand....but the true test is how it cuts, and DELTA needs to tighten up the accuracy on this saw. I'm selling this saw, it was mistake to buy without testing it firsthand.
14 of 14 found the following review helpful:
Holding up wellJan 06, 2003
By Mad Dog
Our sidekick has received much use and abuse and continues to work like a dream. We've used it as a framing saw on three large and countless smaller projects and for hundreds of compound miter cuts on hardwood. The saw still cuts square as the day it was new. The stand is a little flexy, but is fine for all but long, very heavy lumber. With an additional work stand, cutting long 4x6 treated posts is easy to do alone. I really shopped long and hard before buying and was worried about if this was the right tool, but it has proven itself worthy and a good value.
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Good cutting saw, but not very durableMay 15, 2001
A cousin of mine bought this saw and we have had very good luck with it. Infact, I liked it so much that I went to buy my own. Well, my first saw came and after getting it out of the box I noticed the handle was cracked right where the handle meets the saw. I understand accidents happen in shipping so I sent it back. My new replacement saw came within 5 days. After I opened the box I noticed this saw was cracked in the exact same place! Even though the saw does perform quite well and is extremely portable I have to give it a pretty low rating since the plastic construction around the handle is not very well manufactured. I since went with the Bosch 10" sliding miter saw. Very good saw and extremely durable. For the few extra bucks its worth it.. I hope delta re-engineers this saw to be compatible in quality with the rest of their products..
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