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Forum topic by OldCoach posted 12-27-2016 06:39 PM 545 views 1 time favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2016 06:39 PM

Several years ago I inherited a Ryobi 10” mitre saw from my step dad. It does the job and I have never had a problem with it. But it is time to upgrade.

I have always wanted a slider but it has to fit against a wall since my shop is small and space is a premium. I had always thought that a slider was out of the question since it would not work up against the wall but recently I read that some manufacturers offer models that don’t have 2 feet of rails sticking out the backside.

Appreciate your thoughts and reasons for them.

-- Play cowboy on weekends and make sawdust in between when not watching football


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#1 posted 12-27-2016 06:43 PM

Before going any further, be aware that sliders rarely achieve the same level of accuracy that fixed saws do. So if precision is higher priority than capacity, you may want to rethink the slider. Festool is an exception but that route comes with a hefty price tag.

The Dewalt slider I used in the past never came close to getting perfect, square cuts on a 12” wide board. Eventually I gave up on that and started using a table saw sled for wide cuts and moved to a fixed saw for cross-cutting narrow parts.

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 06:46 PM

I have heard a lot of people endorsing the Bosch, may be worth checking out.

I bought the Kapex by Festool on a refurbished sale a few years ago (had one minor scratch on the side of the base), have not been disappointed. Very smooth and accurate.

All the Best!

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 08:30 PM

The Craftsman compact slider will go up against the wall and so far has done a good job for me.
I’ve had it over a year and a half now.

If you’re patient, you can get it at a really good price with the various holiday discounts they have.

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#4 posted 12-27-2016 11:07 PM

Hitachi has one that will go close to a wall. Also, the Bosch Glide. I have one that I bought used. So far so good.

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#5 posted 12-27-2016 11:08 PM

My radial arm saw goes right up against the wall :)

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 12-27-2016 11:27 PM

I have a Dewalt Radial Arm. It is acuarate, powerful, and reliable. It also sprays sawdust everywhere, no matter how I try to capture it, and I hate that. I’m dreaming of a Festool Miter saw.

Michael

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OldCoach

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#7 posted 12-28-2016 12:50 AM

Thanks men. What little research I have done, I have read mostly positive, and unfortunately, a few negative responses about all of the brands mentioned. Would love a Festool but what little use I would give the saw, price is definitely out of my range unless I come across one of those once in a lifetime deals. Looking to spend under $400, as far under as I can reasonably go while still getting a good quality machine. The way I see it, just about anything would be an upgrade though I have absolutely zero complaints about the Ryobi. Will be keeping the old girl around mainly as a chop saw where I don’t worry about accuracy so much. Just thought a slider would be good to have on those rare occasions when I need to angle something wider than 3 or 4 inches which is 90% of the work I do.

That and the fact it’s been over a year since I purchased a new power tool. Something is burning a hole in my wallet!

-- Play cowboy on weekends and make sawdust in between when not watching football

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#8 posted 12-28-2016 12:58 AM


Several years ago I inherited a Ryobi 10” mitre saw from my step dad. It does the job and I have never had a problem with it. But it is time to upgrade.

I have always wanted a slider but it has to fit against a wall since my shop is small and space is a premium. I had always thought that a slider was out of the question since it would not work up against the wall but recently I read that some manufacturers offer models that don t have 2 feet of rails sticking out the backside.

Appreciate your thoughts and reasons for them.

- OldCoach

Perhaps you could consider Bosch GCM12SD as described at https://www.boschtools.com/us/en/boschtools-ocs/miter-saws-gcm12sd-33969-p/ ... it looks me a great 12-inch saw and its mechanics looks appropriate for smaller footprint, although it is not cheap at USD 600. Actually it is in my wishlist.

Good luck in your decision.

-- An Amateur Woodworker

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#9 posted 12-28-2016 01:49 AM

As stated the Hitachi has that odd articulating arm that goes up against the wall closer than the others. But Hitachi seems to not be the golden child these days, so you’re mileage may vary.

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#10 posted 12-28-2016 02:39 AM

I love my Makita LS1016L. The two stage slide takes up less space while deflecting less. I find it to be extremely accurate but it’s the only SCMS I’ve ever owned.

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gowic

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#11 posted 12-28-2016 02:53 AM

I also have the Mikita LS1016 and am so far very happy with it. I had to spend a bit of time squaring the fence and the blade… but I would imagine you would have to do that with pretty much every saw out of the box. I’m sure there are better options but I felt that was the best for my budget and have no regrets.

Also, my shop is in my basement where space is limited and it sits relatively close to the wall. I do believe the Bosch has a smaller footprint but it’s also a couple hundred dollars more.

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#12 posted 12-28-2016 03:34 AM

The Bosch Glide, not the Hitachi, has the articulating arm.

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