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Forum topic by ernieb posted 11-26-2007 02:47 AM 828 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2007 02:47 AM

any thoughts out there on which scms (sliding compound miter saw ) they prefer. i’d like to hear from people who actually own the saw they are recommending. my top priorities are; accuracy/ crosscut capacity / and miter capacity. i’m a professional trim carpenter and need to rely on my saw everyday. thanks to all.

-- ernieb westerlo, ny

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#1 posted 11-26-2007 02:58 AM

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#2 posted 11-26-2007 03:05 AM

Zuki, SCMS = sliding compound mitre saw.

I have the 12” Dewalt. Bob #2 has the 12” Hitatchi. I like Bob’s for it’s digital readout and laser that is bang on. Mine doesn’t have a laser. However, the 12 Dewalt, though a pig to carry around, is a very robust saw and will do you very well. For my shop, I think the Hitatchi would be better with all it’s digital readouts…that would be nice. Is it neccessary? Nope…purely luxury, but what a luxury. I have no reservations about my saw other than it’s heft, and in a permanent placement in a shop, it takes up a ton of space because it sticks 31” out from the wall to make room for it’s full slide. Just exactly 2 cents worth.

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#3 posted 11-26-2007 03:20 AM

All I can tell you Mot is about my Rigid 12 in” chop saw, it’s a winner thru and thru. If it broke tomorrow I’d go get another. I don’t know about their sliders all I know is what I’ve read and what I read is good. Rigid sounds good and you can’t beat a lifetime warranty. Hope it helps. mike

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#4 posted 11-26-2007 04:21 PM

I owned the 12” DeWalt SCMS. The great feature about it was the crosscut capacity. When I lost the DeWalt, I purchased the Rigid 12” SCMS – it has a bigger table, and has a crazy miter capability (it’s not in front of me, but I think it’s 65 degrees). If you need the crosscut of the DeWalt, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it – it’s a fine saw. The only time I needed that much crosscut was doing closet shelving, which I avoid whenever possible!

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