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Forum topic by mzimmers posted 01-14-2018 08:15 PM 507 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mzimmers

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01-14-2018 08:15 PM

Hi, all -

I recently moved, and decided to sell my big tools rather than move them. Now that I’m semi-settled, I need new stuff. Priority 1 and 1A are a cabinet saw and a miter saw. Regarding the miter saw, I had the Bosch 12” glide, and was happy with that. Since that design is a few years old, I figured I’d ask the LJ cognoscenti what they’d recommend.

This will be used for a mix of construction-grade and fine-finish work. I’m not super sensitive on price…I want this to be the last miter saw I buy.

What say you?

(Regarding the cabinet saw, it’s looking like it’s going to be a Sawstop, though I’m still working on swallowing the price. I’m open to recommendations, though.)

Thanks…

-- M. Zimmers


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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 08:44 PM

I read good reviews on the Sawstop and the safety feature works as several on here have had blades buried albeit none from a finger getting almost cut off. Common complaint is the learning curve. You can cut wet woods and aluminum with it but you have to turn off the safety feature to do so. I can see how this could get frustrating especially if you forget. Other complaint I read about is the saw’s brain sees a problem and does not turn on. Usually at the worst of times. Not a quality issue so much as frustration. (You have to read between the lines because some people just hate it.)

So my advice if you buy this would be find someone that has one and go pay them a visit. Get to know the in’s and out’s before you throw a board up on the it and start making sawdust.

Alot of newer cars now have push button start which only requires you to have the remote with you to allow the ECM/BCM/ whatever other module they have to give the okay to start. Great idea to a point. If the remote battery dies guess what, NO START. Meanwhile the guy in the spot next to you uses a key, gets in and fires up and leaves. You however are still parked and unable to go anywhere. Frustration level…...off the charts.

(yes I work on them, and yes I have had them come in for this problem, and yes they are usually mad when they find out a $5 button battery was the problem. Of course this is after the tow bill and sometimes a bill for the rental so they could get where they needed to go until the problem is fixed.)

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Loren

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#2 posted 01-14-2018 08:51 PM

I’ve seen good reports on the new Makita
slider. I’d buy local so I could return it if
needed. Most of the brands these days
seem to be having quality control issues
with making all the miter saws off the line
cut square.

Festool is great quality of course, except the
Kapex saw motors have a reputation for
burning up.

There’s a new saw called a Delta Cruzer too.
It has a linkage arm like the Bosch and crosscuts
to 18”.

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mzimmers

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 09:52 PM

Thanks for the recommendations, guys. Upon giving it a bit more thought, it occurs to me that I need really accurate miter cuts more than I need huge capacity (or even the compound feature; I’ve yet to do crown molding). Any ideas on what the most (reliably) accurate miter saw out there might be?

-- M. Zimmers

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Loren

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#4 posted 01-14-2018 10:00 PM

I think the slides and price point pressure
probably cause a lot of the manufacturing
problems. The best miter saws are like
OMGA but I found a 12” DeWalt non-slider
to be accurate enough for making furniture.

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mzimmers

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#5 posted 01-14-2018 10:02 PM

Hey, thanks for that…I’d never heard of OMGA before. At those prices, I hope OMGA stands for “Oh My God Accurate.”

Still, I use my miter saw a ton…I’ll take a close look at those.

-- M. Zimmers

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#6 posted 01-14-2018 10:47 PM

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-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 01-14-2018 10:53 PM



At those prices, I hope OMGA stands for “Oh My God Accurate.”
- mzimmers

No kidding! I thought Festool was spendy.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 01-14-2018 11:49 PM

I’ve had both DeWalt and Bosch 12” sliders they were both very accurate as sliders go but when I needed a part for my Bosch recently I thought I would go directly through Bosch and the screwed the order up more than once and even after returning the wrong part for a second time that they messed up on, I sent them both back on my dime and they were supposed to give me credit for both parts and shipping ,that was 3 months ago.They wore me down after about 20 emails and 4 calls I just wrote off the $87 they owe me. They lost a person that had always been a Bosch fan for good.

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#9 posted 01-15-2018 02:04 AM

I went with a Dewalt 12” fixed saw. A crosscut sled on your new Sawstop will handle everything else.

Fine Woodworking and Woodworkers journal have both reviewed the field of miter saws. If you’re a member you can access reviews there.

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