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01-07-2010 04:49 AM

I have a pretty basic compound miter saw with no outfeed support so I do most of my final crosscuts on a crosscut sled on the table saw.

Where do you do your final crosscuts?

Miter saw?
Table saw?
Option c?

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 04:51 AM

Option C, I use both, depending on project.

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 04:54 AM

Ditto Dan

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 04:57 AM

Option C here too, but mostly I use the table saw and sled.

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 04:58 AM

My Incra 3000 miter fence does a great job on pieces that aren’t too big.

Otherwise a crosscut sled on the TS.

Too big for that I’ll use my Dewalt track saw.

I have a miter saw but I never use it.

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 05:13 AM

Used to use the miter saw all the time, no questions asked, then I started to use my table saw alot more, now since I have built a nice miter saw station it has become about equal, so option c for me as well.

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 05:21 AM

I use the table saw whenever possible. Occasionally the miter saw but only after laborious re-calibration. I think the tides pull it out of alignment or something.

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 05:33 AM

I use the table saw.

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 05:34 AM

Only the table saw since I don’t have a miter saw. For final cuts, I almost always use the sled.

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#9 posted 01-07-2010 05:46 AM

Use the table saw for all precise cuts.

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#10 posted 01-07-2010 05:51 AM

My TS is more accurate and has a better blade than my miter saw. I use the miter saw as a last resort.

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#11 posted 01-07-2010 05:53 AM

I use the table saw and a crosscut sled for 90% or more of my crosscuts in the shop. I have a miter saw that I’ll use for doing trim carpentry on a job site. Rarely do I use the miter gauge anymore on the table saw for crosscuts.

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#12 posted 01-07-2010 06:47 AM

Tablesaw and sled. Rarely use miter for close cuts

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#13 posted 01-07-2010 08:25 AM

Table Saw

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#14 posted 01-07-2010 08:39 AM

Greetings gizmodyne:

I guess you could say Option C, but I use my radial arm saw for almost all my final crosscuts. It is dead-on accurate, and cuts a smooth finish on the boards. I also have a miter saw that’s about 23 years old, and dead-on ,also. But I mainly use the RAS and table saw / sled. I also use a panel cutter,too. How about Option D ?....

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#15 posted 01-07-2010 08:53 AM

depends on how acurate you need to be

the compound miter saw that i have has a semi circle round piece behind the fence to hold both pieces of the fence together

this circular piece is far enough back so that the blade doesnt hit it

now what happens over time is the force of the blade pushes the fence (on both sides) back and bends this circular part so that the fences no longer line up straight so the saw is no longer square to the fence (its a dewalt so its a good brand but most miter saws i have seen have this problem)

hold a straight edge to the fence and check how straight your fences are

so this is why i am building a cross cut sled for my new table saw (when i can afford it i will buy the sliding table for it)

hope this helps to figure out that sticking with the table saw is a better option


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