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Forum topic by Rasta posted 03-30-2010 07:41 PM 989 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2010 07:41 PM

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I have a radial arm saw and am looking foreward to rebuilding my crosscut station, ideally what I want to do is to put sliding miter saws on each side of the ras, they would mainly be set to opposite 45’s only occasionly setup for other operations, in any case they would be set to do one particular job per project, I like keeping my ras at a perfect 90, I’ve been looking at the Ridgid and Makita versions. my question is that these are very expensive saws, has anyone had any luck with cheaper models of these sliding saws, craftsmen, ryobi? Would these be a waste of money, should I just wait for my funds to catch up to my dreams?

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 08:10 PM

I havent had too much experience with Craftsman. I have used Makita routers and drills. I didnt care for the drill and it didnt last too long, but the router has been great. I happen to have a Dewalt miter saw and its been great. I think if you are going through all the work of setting up this system, I would get a good miter saw. I am sure others on here have had experience with other makes and could comment. Sounds like a great idea though.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 08:56 PM

I’ve seen one other setup like this on LJ. I was just checking out the shops and ran across it. Can’t remember exactly where. Now, just me thinking, why two sliders? Why not just two less expensive CMS’s. You have the slidder on the RAS. You only get about 12-13 inches of capacity with the slider while you have much more on the RAS. If you need to cut a long miter, I would use my tablesaw. Just my 2 cents worth. Rand

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 10:53 PM

I have a mate who runs a window making business and he has this set up for his Aluminum frames to be cut at the 45. His are both Ryobi and i have a Ryobi and it works well enough.. with the right blade… I got a better blade straight away …

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 11:38 PM

Thanks guys, you know I read these reviews in magazines and it seems a lot of the time the diferences are minimal, like the bevel gauges are hard to read, or out of the box the 90 degree mark was off, like I’m really going to use it without setting it up properly and checking square. I think most machines out there are good, you just might have to give some a bit more attention than the cadillac machines, believe me if money were not an issue I would have already bought two 5 or 600 dollar saws, but I’m just another blue collar worker with solid gold dreams of haveing nothing better to do than play in my shop all day. Thanks for the advice, I better get back to work on this chair now.

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 02:22 PM

I have a craftsman. i haven’t had a problem with it at all..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 03:42 PM

First, I would not waste my money on a cheap saw. I hear nothing but bad about the adjustments and the ability of the saw to stay true. Of course that defeats the purpose of what you are trying to do. I have a Makita 12” slider and love it. Other brands a very good also. Jet just came out with miter saws that look very good. Bosch is another good one. other users would have others they like.

All that said, I agree with lilredwelding rod I don’t know that you need two slders. Regular miter saws are much cheaper. For a lot of miters, I would use a miter sled on a table saw. We do production mitered doors that way. (at least for now—There are commercial double miter saws available, but that’s another story)


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