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07-18-2017 02:10 PM

I am planning on getting a new miter saw. I decided on a 10” slider and want a “compact ” model to help save space in the shop (this will be a dedicated shop saw). I have narrowed my choices to the Bosch 10” axial glide and the Craftsman 10” compact sliding miter.

I looked at both of these in the store and the Bosch is more “beefy,” smoother, and seemed to be more resistant to lateral movement.

The Craftsman gets good reviews. I think the Bosch is a better saw, but it is it $250 better? I want repeatable square cuts and miters. What are your thoughts? Thanks!


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#1 posted 07-18-2017 02:35 PM

IMHO ….I would get a 12 inch :<))

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 07-18-2017 03:22 PM

Leave the C’man in the store. Buy the Bosch.
Bill

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 03:52 PM

This was discussed just a few weeks ago. Let me see if I can find the link. They guy wanted the same thing as you. As far as I could tell, I think the prognosis was pretty much that if you want a good saw you’ll have to cough up the $5-600 for the Bosch or a similar Dewalt… Just my opinion – stay away from the Crapsman ;-)

Lots of people like the Harbor Freight 10” slider too, but it is what it is. I personally use just a plain 10” older model Dewalt that bevels only one way and does not slide. the thing is bullet proof, and very accurate. I rarely need more capacity than 10” non-slider.

Accuracy is what I use my miter saw for. If that’s important to you, I’d stay with Bosch or higher quality machine. If you’re just using it for cutting framing material or in place of a circular saw, sure, go for a cheaper model!

-- Pete

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#4 posted 07-18-2017 03:59 PM

Found the link. Here it is:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/225489

-- Pete

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#5 posted 07-18-2017 04:01 PM

The new Makita 10” looks like it could be pretty awesome. It’s set up like a Festool Kapex, but is $509 I think on toolnut.

http://www.toolnut.com/power-tools/saws/miter-saws/makita-ls1019l-10-dual-bevel-sliding-compound-miter-saw-with-laser.html

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#6 posted 07-18-2017 09:14 PM

I have had two miter saws in the last 20 years. A DeWalt slider and a Bosch glider. Like them both , Still have them both. They are both 12” saws. 10” would suit me better. I would recommend the Bosch.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#7 posted 07-18-2017 09:15 PM

I have had two miter saws in the last 20 years. A DeWalt slider and a Bosch glider. Like them both , Still have them both. They are both 12” saws. 10” would suit me better. I would recommend the Bosch 10”.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#8 posted 07-18-2017 09:38 PM

If you need accurate miter cuts, use a sled on your table saw. I’m not even sure why I own a SCMS, let alone two.

I have a old Ridgid 12” non-sliding dual bevel saw and a new Kobalt 10” sliding single-bevel saw. The Ridgid has a flawed lock mechanism that causes it to shift half a degree when you tighten the knob. The Kobalt flexes a bit when cutting wide stock.

They’re useful for cutting framing lumber or rough-cutting batches of wood to length prior to dressing, but other than that, a SCMS is not a precision tool in my book.

Hell, I’m even at the point where I think my Milwaukee 18v brushless circular saw will do as good a job for what I use a miter saw for. I could probably replace the Kobalt 10” miter saw with a 7-1/4” slider since that would be more portable and more suitable for doing things like interior trim work.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#9 posted 07-19-2017 02:02 PM

^ you own 2 because you really like tools like all the rest of us!

-- Pete

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#10 posted 07-20-2017 11:16 AM

Makita

-- Brian, Western MA

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#11 posted 07-20-2017 03:17 PM

I own the craftsman 12” sliding, junk. Fence isn’t straight and the bed is cupped pretty badly. Didn’t really look at it until I started getting more into woodworking.

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#12 posted 07-20-2017 11:23 PM

So here are my takeaways for miter saws making cross cuts (not being used for trim work) from this thread and others that I’ve read over the last few days. Please keep in mind I’m still learning.

If you want accuracy and don’t need to cut long boards, use a table saw sled.

If you want accuracy and need to cut long boards less than 8” wide, get a nice (Dewalt, Mikita, etc…) 12” non-sliding miter saw. Get a 10” if the boards are less than 6” wide.

If you want accuracy and need to cut long boards wider than 8”, get a nice (Bosch, Makita, etc…) sliding miter.

If you need to make cuts that don’t require accuracy (like for framing), get a less expensive miter saw.

Thoughts?

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#13 posted 07-21-2017 04:00 AM

I have the Bosch CM10GD and I think it’s a great saw. I haven’t had any problems with accuracy and I like the 10 over the 12 just due to size and the fact that I rarely cut anything over 12 inches wide. Highly recommended.

-- Earl

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#14 posted 07-21-2017 01:26 PM

TigerFan07, I think you summed it up really well. now it’s up to you to decide what you’ll be doing with the saw and then make a decision!

This post is pretty typical – you’ll get lots of preferences and opinions (which is good) (and FYI, I recommend a the Dewalt 10” slider or just the standard 10” non-slider :-) but ultimately, you need to determine what’s in your budget and what you want to get.

-- Pete

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