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Forum topic by LocalMac posted 10-27-2010 05:20 AM 1661 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-27-2010 05:20 AM

I while back I bought a Craftsman miter saw (even though I told my self I would never buy Craftsman power tools again) and noticed something odd about it today. Both sides of the fence angle in. If I put a board flat against the fence you can see a gap in the middle. So I can cut a board 90 degrees if it goes all the way from one end of the fence all the way to the other end. But if I just want to trim the end of the board, it cuts crooked. Any suggestions on how I can fix this? The fences are not adjustable.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#1 posted 10-27-2010 09:16 AM

Yeah. Replace it with a Dewalt or a Bosch.

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 02:39 PM

Take it back. Get your $$ back and then follow the above advice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 03:59 PM

Take it of the only thing good about that Craftsman is Sears’ return policy. I’ve got a DeWalt (upgrade from a 20 year old Craftsman) and it rocks out loud!

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 04:12 PM

That’s not all you’ll probably find wrong with that CMS. Mine has a problem when it comes to making bevel cuts but that’s another story for another day. I agree with the others, if you can, take it back.

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 05:39 PM

I had the same issue, and ended up breaking the fence trying to straighten it. I got a replacement fence from sears and it was better but still not perfect. Like others have said, get another brand.

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 05:48 PM

If you are looking at a new saw, I would! Makita makes an excellent miter saw. I’ve had mine over 10 years and still love it. I’m a little leery of larger DeWalt tools. Anything heavier than a palm sander. Too much to tell there to go into it now. Bosch is another brand I sing the praises of. I don’t have and have never used their miter saw but I have other tools by them. All of the Bosch tools I’ve used are excellent.
Good luck.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 05:14 AM

Ugh! Was hoping for a magic fix but sounds like live and learn. Thanks for the thoughts. I’m officially done with Craftsman power tools.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 01:01 PM

Short of buying a new saw,have you thought about adding a new face to the existing and shimming it as necessary?

-- Life is good.

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 03:54 PM

Howie’s idea is a good one. You will lose some of the saws cutting capacity but if you can live with that it’s a doable alternative to buying a whole new saw.

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