Craftsman 7-1/4 COMPACT sliding miter saw-anyone used one?

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Forum topic by Rentvent posted 04-08-2016 11:46 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2016 11:46 PM

I’m looking to upgrade my current miter saw and really like that the Craftsman Compact only needs 17” of counter depth.

I can’t find any credible reviews for this model. I’ve seen some reviews for the non-compact model but nothing for this one:

My current saw is an old Ryobi 18v so my expectations are not that high. I’m mostly looking for something to rough cut boards to to lengths that are easier to handle, etc.

Has anyone used this saw?

How is the noise and dust collection?

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 12:02 AM

Rentvent, I’d personally stay away from going small for a mitersaw. How’s the Table saw search going? I’ve got a nonslider CMS with a 12” blade and if there is anything that I needed to cut at a larger size than that I’d go to the sled on the TS. I think that a 7 1/4” SCMS would leave you soon looking to upgrade, land the TS first and go from there would be my advice

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 01:56 AM

I’ve got some more projects on the honey-do list before I can “afford”* the SS PCS I want. I’d rather wait than buy a Table saw that I would be tempted to upgrade. I’m also waiting on the HF dust collector to go on sale so I can build a decent 2-stage system that I can vent outside in good weather and filter when it’s too hot or cold outside.

The metal part that holds the rubber mudflap for dust collection on my Ryobi broke and now it throws sawdust everywhere. I think it’s finally time to part with it. I’m trying to make a shop in half of a 22×22 garage and space is kind of tight. The only thing I really use the miter saw for is breaking down boards that would be too unwieldy on a crosscut sled.

  • Im justifying the cost of a good Table saw by estimating the cost of projects that I do for home and subtracting the cost and the virtual leftover money goes towards the SS fund. I’m about half way there now.

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