I have 2 sliding compound miter saws. And I REALLY want to get rid of one, but WHICH one?
And I have been stuck on this for the last 6 years. 6 years of storing one and using the other. Or leaving them at different build sites on the property to save walking. Or having one outside and one in a shop.
I am sick of it. I do not need 2, that just earns me suspicious looks from the wife. (having them at 2 far points on the property helped having them not be noticed as much)
Now that I am living in small accommodations even storing one is much pain, much akin to attempting to sort stuff around a giant metallic statue of a tarantula. Each has value, but neither really fulfill all my needs.
The why of having 2 is just happenstance from replacing one that took a dive off a deck I was working on (snapped chassis holding the motor in place.) In midst of a busy build replacements were acquired and what should have been just one became two.
One is a 10” which has a 12” cut ability…the other is a 12” with a 9” cut. The 12” sits much higher and has a motor orientation angled to the blade…the 10” is set at 90 degrees…which is better? Hmmm.
Both have geeky laser indicators that I do not really use as I prefer to reference blade to wood.
Both suck up great amount of space in front and in back of the blade, and out both sides. What really bugs me is the amount of rear bench space I have to leave for the sliding function to work. See annoying spider reference above.
This really came to the forefront when attempting to plan out a better cabinet mount for one of them, and I decided to explain to the wife all this. Do I put them flush to a existing high bench, or use a pull out cabinet with temporary outriggers that sit in front of the bench. One option use up a BIG chuck of bench space, and the other uses up the space in FRONT of the bench, making access to the WHOLE bench harder. Hmmm.
I remember VERY distinctly saying “I am NOT trying to justify buying a new tool, I have 2! I am just trying to figure this out.”
Famous last words.
The next thoughts were….the closest equivalent would be a Radial Arm Saw, and everyone knows THOSE take up even more space in a small shop!
Then I got quiet. Or do they?
Hmmm. Longer cut capacity. Almost zero work top occupied. Blade returns almost flush to rear wall.Capable of dadoing, which the sliding compound miter saw is not.
I remember Norm using one.
After researching this lead I am now in the market for a RAS to trade or replace the 12” SCMS. Some machine inspection before buying is needed and then some cleaning, refurb, and setup after SHOULD produce a functional and iconic piece of woodworking history.
Looks like I have to buy used as RAS just doesn’t seem to exist in woodworking stores anymore. Huh. Oh well, all the better for me.
So shortly I expect a new (to me) toy which should earn me x2 brownie points for low cash outlay, and FINALLY getting rid of an unneeded extra tool.
I now have another reason to watch early New Yankee workshop episodes. Ya!