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Forum topic by woodrookieII posted 03-10-2011 03:49 AM 1918 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-10-2011 03:49 AM

I currently use the 12” DW705 for virtually all of my smaller piece cuts and am quite comfortable and skilled in it’s use.

However I am finding, more and more, that I need just a bit more cutting range than the old 705 can provide. I prefer to not migrate this operation to the table saw.

So my question to you Jocksters is this: Will a slider provide me the accuracy I have come to expect from the old 705, and if so…which slider do you use and/or recommend?


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#1 posted 03-10-2011 03:58 AM

I’ve got the makita ls1013 which is a few years old and a 10” slider. it has satisfied my needs for pinpoint accuracy much better than my other two compound miter saws. I only cut a few miters and crown molding every now and then, but they come out clean and fit nice.

There’s probably other saws out there that trim carpenters use everyday that can chime in also.


-- Williamsburg, KY

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 04:43 AM

I have the Bosch 12 slider in my shop and use the DeWalt 12 slider for installs.They both can be accurate when set up properly.With the bosch you use the slide feature alot ,it wont cut as wide a piece as the DeWalt without sliding,(if that makes sense).The Bosch doesnt have the clankity clank like the DeWalt when you set an angle,glides more then sets(feels higher quality).The DeWalt takes up less space by like 3 acres .The upfront controls on the bosch are nice to have .I dont know if I could choose between the 2 as they each serve their purpose very well.When I was shopping for a shop one 2 yrs ago it was between the Bosch and the Hitachi.I would suggest going and getting your hands on a couple and see how they feel to you.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 03:31 AM

I have a DeWalt 12” slider and it gives me accurate cuts. I have had it for over 10 years now.

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 03:44 AM

I have the Delta 10” slider. It’s at least 4 years old, although I’ve only had it for two. While it’s accurate when not extended, it does have some play at full extension of the slider. Although I learned to make accurate cuts by taking my time and being very careful not to put any side pressure on it, I wouldn’t recommend it. I’m just basing this off my experience with this saw versus the reviews I have read on the other saws, not a direct comparison. I’m happy with it for the 150 I paid including the portable stand, but would have been upset with the quality if I had paid over 500 new.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 03:45 AM

I also have the DeWalt 12 inch compound slider DW718 – excellent, reliable tool

-- bluesmarky..........................................."If you're here & I'm here, doesn't that make it our time?"

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 03:50 AM

i hear good reports on this new glide saw
it can sit right up to the wall for cuts

check it out

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 04:16 AM

Just bought the Bosch Glide – pick it up on Monday. I played with one at the Woodshow and was impressed at the features and how it operated. I also loved the fact that it can go tight to the wall and still cut 14” !

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 06:22 AM

are you selling the old one?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 03-11-2011 06:52 AM

David that is a nice saw, I have been drooling a while. $729 is the best price on Google product search. I fear I will have to wait for the price to come down a bit, or for me to hit the lottery!

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#10 posted 03-11-2011 01:45 PM

i have a used Festool Kapex, it’s a good tool though i am glad i didn’t pay the full price for a new one.
it’s not worth it for me.

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#11 posted 03-11-2011 04:28 PM

I compared what sliders were on the market when all you could purchase was a 12” DeWalt or Makita or a 10” Hitachi. I bought the 708 used it extensively for nine + years didn’t know how woreout it was till I bought the DeWalt 718 around four years ago. I’m very happy with it, posted a review on the 718 a little while back if you’re interseted.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 03-11-2011 06:05 PM

One thing I’d look for is adjustability. I tried to help a guy figure out why is saw was not cutting square. It needed to be tweaked slightly, the detents were off by a hair. The adjustment was underneath and he had is screwed to a base. We didn’t have time to go through unmounting it and adjusting it. My DW715 has it all up top where it can be easilly adjusted. That being said, I’m suggesting another DeWalt. If you go to another brand, I’d suggest you look for easilly accessable adjustability.

As for the slider, maybe add the slider option, knowing that you can lock it down 99% of the time to probably regain some accuracy that might be lost having the slider.

OT from your question, but in looking to see what a DW705 was, I found the desire to find a site that listed every single (past & present) DeWalt miter saw. I couldn’t find one. I’m only looking to see blade size, single/double bevel, slider or not. Maybe there are other features to compare but these would get me close. Anyone know of a site that shows this?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 03-11-2011 07:39 PM

Darrell, shore I’d be interested in your review. Post me a link please.

Bigike, yep I’ll be selling the 705. But I’m thinking me son-in-law has an eyeball on it. But who knows…How much would you be willing to spend on a 705? :)

The 718 seems to have a small footprint, yet still offers a wide cut and is reported to be easy to set angles. I already have the portable DW stand and have built a free standing dust hood that’s connected to the dust collector which does a grand job of sucking away any and everything. With that being said I’m not too concerned about the reported abysmal dust collection the 718 offers.

The Blue big box store says they’ll cut 10% off their 599 price of the 718.


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#14 posted 03-11-2011 08:29 PM

just a dumb question…why do you prefer not to migrate to the table saw with a cut-off sled? a well-built sled might cost you $50 (and a few hours in time) and you can accurately cross-cut anything you will likely encounter. I’m just wondering.

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 08:39 PM

hard to get a good cross cut
on a board over 4’ long
on a sled

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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