Sliding Miter Saw

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Blog entry by OregonBurls posted 10-18-2010 06:32 PM 2163 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need your help! I am getting ready to purchase a Sliding Miter Saw. What is the best. I need accurate 45 degree cuts so I am looking at the Dewalt, Maketa, Milwaukee, Hitachi, and Ridgid.

Any thougths?

Even reconditioned or used.

Greg Dahl

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 10-18-2010 06:42 PM

I have had the Bosch 10” sliding miter saw for about 2 1/2 years mow and have been extremely satisfied with it. I find it to be extremely accurate and I especially like the fact that all of the adjustment controls are located up front on the saw. I had to reach around the back of the saw for the adjustments on my old dewalt slider.
I like the new model Bosch GCM12SD even more. it has a different sliding ard that pivots and requires less space behind the saw.

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 06:43 PM

Those are all good saws. I own the Hitachi and it’s a Cadillac…I also like the Makita very much. There is no doubt that you will enjoy owning either one of them, they both operate as smooth as silk. In my opinion those two are a step above the other brands you mentioned.

As above the Bosch saw is also one of the top three. I didn’t see it listed in your post so I didn’t say anything about it but in my opinion Greg is absolutely correct. The Makita, Hitachi and Bosch to me are a step above the other good brands you mentioned.

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#3 posted 10-18-2010 07:15 PM

Greg, I bought my Hitachi several years ago and it has served me well. But any of the saws that you are looking at should do the job. I agree with Greg’s link to the new Bosch. It does look like it would be an interesting saw to own and would be well worth the money.

But, to be honest, I use my slider largely for trim work and cutting rough lumber. I have it set dead-on for 45s but I would rather use my table saw and incra miter guage or table saw sled for cutting 45s, if the work piece will fit on the saw.

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#4 posted 10-18-2010 07:18 PM

I love the dewalt. It is solid and acurate.

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 07:20 PM

Bosch has a new slider that can fit flat up on the wall. Pretty stout design.

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 08:04 PM

I have been using the Dewalt 12” SCMS for about 10 years. Not as ergonomic as the new front control models but it has been accurate and reliable.
I did do the initial setup adjustment and have adjusted it a couple of time since. (Hauling it around to job sites is a little hard on it.)
I seldom use the compound feature as even for crown I cut it the simple way – setting the crown upside down at the correct angle. I seem to always get a better cut with less strain on the tool – irregardless of the brand of saw. I primarily bought the slider for the width of cut and not the compound miter feature.
It is probably time for brushes and maybe a new drive belt but it still seems to be running perfectly!
A lot of remodel work and fine woodworking under it’s belt. LOL

That said – if I was going to buy a new one I would probably look first at the new Bosh because of the space saving design and I know they make good tools.
Festool is rated very well although I don’t know if I could justify the price. (I have one of their ROA sanders that is the best I have ever used, I got it at a very good price on an introductory deal.)
A lot depends on your particular needs and budget of course.

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#7 posted 10-18-2010 08:25 PM

I have used all of the brands. All of them have their plus’ and minus’. I have a good friend with a cabinet shop that has standardized on three – Bosch, Makita, Dewalt. All of them are pretty much the same as far as accuracy. I like my Bosch best as I think the front loaded adjustments are just a mite easier to use. I haven’t used the new model Bosch, but I liked the video and reviews. My buddy says the same thing…though for the jobsite most of his folks like the makita as it is more portable – the Bosch for it’s ease and the Dewalt for it’s durability (He says they go out in that order). The Bosch saws are more stout and run a bit heavier…same with the Dewalts. Of course you didn’t mention the Festool….even though it has a stiff price…it is the most accurate in the field….My friend says that when they guys are at the shop they will line up to use the Festool – they only have one and it stays in the shop….the cuts are so close you hardly have to shoot them or plane them, just barely sand to fit.

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#8 posted 10-18-2010 08:28 PM

I love my Dewault.

-- Daniel

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#9 posted 10-18-2010 08:39 PM

I have the Hitachi 12” slider. I have only owned 2 previous so this one is a real step up for me.
I have no problems with the accuracy and the saw goes up tight agianst the wall with the slider mechanism moving forawrd instead of back as in other models.
Don’t think you could go too far wrong with any of the top of the line models out there now.

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#10 posted 10-18-2010 08:46 PM

Hey Greg I have owned a Bosch, Dewalt , and Ridgid and used a Makita
I like my Bosch best for it’s up front controls but the Dewalt and Ridgid work well too. These are all heavy saws but the Ridgid is the heaviest and has the biggest foot print. If you don’t have to move them around much the Rigid is great it’s what I use for my shop chop saw and carry my Bosch in my truck. I used the Dewalt for 7 years and it was a work horse.The Makita I used I didn’t care for it’s controls. As far as accurate I don’t feel most sliding compounds saws are as accurate as a upgraded miter gauge on your table saw . The only one I’ve heard that are suppose to be dead on are Festools at a cool $1200.

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#11 posted 10-19-2010 02:06 AM

I have a Makita 12” sliding miter saw. Best saw I ever had. Did a review if you care to look.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 10-19-2010 02:35 AM

I believe any saw you buy will be as good as YOU make it…... “tune it up” so to speak, dial it in, and it’ll be fine.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 10-19-2010 03:37 AM

Greg – my old B&D took a dump this year so I needed a replacement. Low on $ at the time and my brother-in-law had a new 10” Ryobi he needed sell so I got it. Not the best but for $100 I can live with it as my chopping don’t need to be that critical. NOW, with that said, an engineer friend of my needed a new one and RESEARCHED THEM TO DEATH. He finally purchased the 10” Bosch and just like the LJ’s above, he sings it’s praises. I think you’re on the right track and have it narrowed down to 3 very good ones.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#14 posted 10-19-2010 03:38 AM

I have a 12” Rigid sliding compound and it is very accurate. I used to use one like it at work and like it very much and it is easy to use, set will cut to 60 degrees. By the way we were using it to cut aluminum stock with blades designed to cut aluminum. Cuts like a hot knife through butter. You will not be disappointed with this one.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 10-19-2010 03:39 AM


I’m in the same boat but have decide on the Makita 10” LS1016. It’s about $600 CND. I see you didn’t mention it in your List but I believe it’s one of the Best out there.

As Greg & Tom ave mentioned Bosch has a new 12” Axial Glide Dual Bevel, Model SCM12SD that works Flat to the wall. It Retails at about $800CND. Peronally I prefer a 10” Mitre saw.

I did a bit of an Info thing on it in “Forums” if you’d like to have a look.


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