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11-07-2010 01:08 AM

I am looking to buy a 10 inch or 12 inch sliding miter saw. It will be used for cabinet and furniture making. I am looking hard at the Milwaukee 12 inch scms. My other choice was the Bosch 12 inch scms. Anybody have good reviews.
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#1 posted 11-07-2010 01:30 AM

Some others may chime in here, but I had heard that 10 inch sliders should offer more accuracy than 12’s because less deflection.

I have a 10 inch that I like a lot, but I just did not need the capacity of a 12, and I like the smaller footprint it offers, plus it still can cut a pretty thick and wide board if need be.

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 02:06 AM

I have the DeWalt 12” SCMS and really love it. Accurate right out of the box and I like the extra capacity

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#3 posted 11-07-2010 03:25 AM

I know this doesnt answer your question chuck but I also have a 12” Dewalt SCMS, and have also found it to be very accurate.
I also have a 12” Dewalt DBCMS that I have also found to be very accurate even after bouncing around in my truck from place to place.

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#4 posted 11-07-2010 04:49 AM

I have a Makita 12” Sliding miter saw and it is the best miter saw I ever owned. Good luck picking a saw

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#5 posted 11-07-2010 01:42 PM

My Triton 10” was not dead on right out of the box. Easy to adjust, though. And, I can cut 11.75 wide @ 90. Anything wider, I’d normally use the TS anyway. Not sure exactly, but I think it’ll cut a 7” high crown, also.
BTW, a GOOD blade is mandatory! Check out Tenryu’s 60 thru 90 tooth blades built for SCMS. Fantastic!

-- 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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#6 posted 11-07-2010 03:57 PM

If I were in the market for a new SCMS I would take a hard look at the new Bosch they just introduced. I don’t recall the model number but it is the one that does not use tubes for sliding.

In my case, the ability to back it up close to a wall without needing a lot of space back there for the tubes is very appealing.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 11-07-2010 03:58 PM

I’m in the market for a new saw as well.
So I’ll follow this post.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 11-07-2010 04:02 PM

I’ve had the DeWalt 12” SCMS for about 6 years. It’s accurate, easy to move around on the Ridgid mobile utility cart, and I wouldn’t trade it.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#9 posted 11-07-2010 06:03 PM

Why would any reputalble SCMS manufacturer spend a million bucks making a saw that was not accurate?

I keep hearing about this “deflection” thing but have not seen any tests done to determine the extent of same or ieven if it exists?

As for SCMS’s They are all good and if you pay more you get more. I think Boscjh is on top right now wilth their 12 inch slider. I personally like Led guide so chose the 12” Hitachi with the compact slider mechanism. No complaints.

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#10 posted 11-07-2010 06:11 PM

I am also a Hitachi slider fan but I have never heard anything but praise for Makita and Bosch sliders. My next one will likely be the new Bosch 10” that is coming out.

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#11 posted 11-07-2010 06:22 PM

I have both the 12” Dewalt SCMS and a Hitachi 10” SCMS both with lasers. I would lean more towards the Dewalt if I had to replace the Hitachi (It is the oldest of the two). The added cutting capacity and depth setting convenience would be 2 reasons. They are both accurate, but the Dewalt also seems to not catch smaller peices near as much as the Hitachi.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#12 posted 11-07-2010 06:26 PM

In my view, the choice is mostly a matter of features vs. price. I’ve read good reports from owners of all the major brands. I do, however, like the up-front controls on the Bosch, and I’m intrigued by their new “glider” 12”, the model GCM12SD, notwithstanding its $800+ price tag. The lack of back-space needed for the slider tubes on other models would be a big advantage for my small shop. It’s only money, right? ;-)

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#13 posted 01-10-2011 07:35 PM

I just bought a craftsman sliding miter saw and i love it. It cost me 240.00 dollars and it might not be as sturdy as a dewalt or one of the more expensive brands’ However it cuts smooth, straight and accurate. I cut a 11 inch pine board and i put my squared to it and it was perfect. I love the saw. I looked at a sight on the internet and reviews said it was a great saw. Just some info to share with you.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 01-11-2011 02:30 AM

I have a Makita 10” for a few years now and I really like it a lot. I thought it would be better to go with a 10” slider verses a 12 stationary. At the time I was looking at the difference in price between 10” and 12” blades. I already had some 10”. Kind of a moot point because I don’t go through many blades, but I am glad I bought the slider. About the only drawback is the larger footprint with wasted space behind the saw if you set it up near a wall.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#15 posted 01-11-2011 02:45 AM

I have the DeWalt 12” SCMS and the accuracy is quite good, but I just went and got the Dewalt DW7296PT 96 tooth Thin Curf Blade and what a difference it makes in the accuracy and cleanliness of the cut. So I have to say that a good blade makes all the difference in the accuracy and performance of the saw. What ever model you decide on get a high performance blade to go with it.

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