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straight-up the best miter saw I've ever used

straight-up the best miter saw I've ever used

09-12-2016 07:23 PM by Sundowner | 4 comments »

I’ll start out by saying that after years of wrestling with big 10” and 12” size miter saws and sliding compound miter saws, this little bugger is a revelation. Like most of us, a miter saw is a heavily used tool in my shop, and like most of us, the slide rails suck up more space than I can sacrifice in my shop. Being a happy Festool owner, I had pondered the Kapex, which does not have this problem, but at $1400, it’s a non-starter and doesn’t have the usual Fes...

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Quality saw right out of the box

Quality saw right out of the box

02-28-2016 01:10 AM by edwood1975 | 4 comments »

I was replacing a Craftsman Miter saw for a better sliding version amd I stuck with Craftsman becaise the other saw was perfect until I stsrted working with wider boards and was tires off setting up the crosscut slet on my TS. Anyway I like this model for the following reasons..1. It was on sale and got this $300 saw for $207.2. Its a quick learning curve from owning a non sliding miter saw to a sliding model.3. The saw came with a 60 tooth blade that is great for hitting the ground runnin...

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I just don't get it anymore.

I just don't get it anymore.

10-11-2015 01:23 AM by PatrickB | 15 comments »

Update:It was mentioned in a review I wrote about another tool that it took me 20 years before I wrote a review and that as far as he was concerned what I say doesn’t really count. So I thought I would update why it took so long to write my review. I have always been very happy with this tool. It’s done plenty of studs and joists and decks. Cut just great and runs like a champ. My only complaint arose the one time I do not have a table saw and I had to make some precision on a pro...

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BOSCH Glide Saw, Up For Review

BOSCH Glide Saw, Up For Review

06-18-2015 07:13 PM by woodshopmike | 13 comments »

The BOSCH GCM12SD dual bevel glide saw is a remarkable tool that takes accuracy and ease of use to a new level. Now that I’ve completely let the cat out of the bag that I like this tool, lets see why. The most obvious features are the upfront controls and the super smooooooth axial glide that BOSCH has engineered and patented. These upfront controls not only allow for rotating the table, but also make it possible to tilt the blade left to right. Yes, that means you no longer have ...

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FESTOOL KAPEX - WOW! (BUT Not quite 5 Stars (4.5 STARS))

FESTOOL KAPEX - WOW! (BUT Not quite 5 Stars (4.5 STARS))

03-10-2015 03:54 PM by Rockne | 24 comments »

This will be a quick review and really somewhat of a comparison between the Festool Kapex and the Bosch Glide 12”. I replaced my Bosch Glide Saw with a Kapex. It made absolutely zero economical sense, especially given that I’m just a very occasional hobbyist, but when Festool had their “sale”, I jumped on one. My primary motivating factors were 1) the dust collection (not so much for my health, but my hatred for cleaning), 2) the promise that the Kapex would cut 45&...

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Ridgid Compound Sliding Miter Saw MS1290LZA, Up For Review

Ridgid Compound Sliding Miter Saw MS1290LZA, Up For Review

01-06-2015 08:28 PM by woodshopmike | 4 comments »

As usual, I’ll give you a teaser and you can check out the rest of the review on my blog. Here’s the gist. For 95% of woodworkers out there this saw is it. It’s a feature packed saw that does a lot of stuff well but falls just a little short in others. For the price, you can’t beat it. I really wanted to absolutely love with saw and have no faults with it, but since it’s a sliding miter saw there is going to be some amount of play. The slop that was in ...

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Excellent Saw On a budget

Excellent Saw On a budget

12-30-2014 07:11 PM by edwood1975 | 11 comments »

Well what can I say, my wife bought me this saw for Christmas and she did an awesome job. I really like the size of the saw 10” is just what I need, also the Laser Trac system is extremely helpful.It came with a 10” 40tooth saw blade that does a great job, but if you are planning on doing detailed finished work I would get another blade. I built a mitre saw cart and all in all I couldn’t be happier./!

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Ridgid Mobile Miter Saw Stand AC9945, Up For Review

Ridgid Mobile Miter Saw Stand AC9945, Up For Review

12-18-2014 08:10 PM by woodshopmike | 2 comments »

This stand is really great. It’s easy to use, easy to move, and doesn’t rock or move while using the saw. Check out the video of loading and unloading the saw and stand from a pickup. No, it’s not light and if you’re slap outta shape you won’t be able to do this, but for me it sure beats heaving a full size chop saw in and out of a truck bed. The video pretty much hits the big stuff about the stand, but if you wanna read a bit more check out my blog post ...

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The perfect saw for my needs and space

The perfect saw for my needs and space

11-13-2014 09:17 PM by ajw1978 | 14 comments »

_First things first, my star rating reflects the saw’s use and value to me and my needs. So may be higher for me than it would be for you, and that’s perfectly fine. Also, the review is also coming from somebody still new to the hobby so may lack the technical details found in other reviews. You can get specs and more information at the Craftsman website The “centerpiece” to my tool collection and budding attempt at a workshop comes after a long and frustrating two ...

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A vintage miterbox worth owning.

A vintage miterbox worth owning.

07-11-2014 09:28 PM by Brad | 14 comments »

I see many reviews of contemporary tools by modern manufacturers. However, given that many woodworkers purchase vintage tools for their own use, I thought it would be valuable to write a review about one of them. My goal here is to answer the question, “Is a Stanley #60 miterbox worth buying?” Spoiler alert. Answer. Yes, it is. My sample came from an estate sale. It was so minty that I couldn’t resist handing over $15.00 to take it home. Based on the crappy saw han...

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