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Forum topic by ShaneA posted 04-15-2011 08:00 PM 1166 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2011 08:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sliding compound miter saw

Hello LJs, I have lurked on your site for some time and I appreciate all of the inspiration and knowledge that has has been shared here. As I am not too computer savy, so I was always hesitant to join, but I finally jumped in. I have been wanting a scms for some time, just never really been able to justify the steep price for how often I may actually use it. Plus limited space. I now how found that “need” that brings me to the point of finally dropping some cash. I am looking to build a king bed, and know that I will not be able to cut tenons on boards approximately 75” long on my table saw safely.

So that brings me to my three choices I have narrowed it down to at this point. Maybe kind of trying to compare apples to oranges. However, I am looking at the Makita 10” slider at HD for a “new lower price” of $374 (not for sale on line at that price). Reviews on this site and others are generally favorable, and it has a nice feel to it at the store. But, it is a 10” saw, not sure if that is a good or bad thing. Another choice is the 12” Ridgid slider for $549 at HD online with a free stand. Lastly the 12” DeWalt dw718, also with a free stand. It is $599 at Lowes and HD locally. The stands I do not see as an absolute need, but a bonus none the less. Having said that, the stand with the Ridgid seems better in terms of mobility because it has wheels. I am not sure that I “need” the capacity (mainly cutting depth) that the 12” offers but you never know, I also like the large table size of the Ridgid. But the thing is a beast of size and weight. I have used a Dewalt 10” ms, and I really like the fit and feel. I trust Dewalt mostly makes good products, so it is a consideration. But probably my least favorite at this point. In the end price is important to me, these are all al lot of money to me for a tool that may not get a lot of use other than this project and breaking down lumber. I currently use a jig saw to cut long, or wide boards to rough length.

Any input or other suggestions would be appreciated. Not too sure how long Ridgid is including the stand. It is no longer on sale at the local stores, but still listed on line. Thanks for your time and any help that may be able to be offered.

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 08:12 PM

10” sliders are more accurate for joinery than 12” sliders.

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 08:29 PM

I’ve looked into the Makita as well, looks like a solid, well built saw, and has gotten great reviews. Don’t worry too much about getting a stand, you can build a better one.

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 08:40 PM

I just bought a refurb 12” Bosch slider (model 5312). Delivered yesterday and so far the initial impression is very good. Check out the discussion for some good insight from other members. I got mine from CPO on amazon, the only indication that it’s a refurb is a couple parts seem lightly used, and there was a little bit of sawdust in the collection bag. Other than that I see no difference.

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 08:57 PM

Accuracy would be my biggest priority at this time, I have seen other forums on here that seem to also indicate that a 10” may be more accurate than a 12”. Refurb is also a possibility, I would not have a problem going that route. My Ridgid TS 3650 was reconditioned when I bought it 4 or 5 yrs ago, and it has worked out great, and only cost me $300 at the time. I think it has been a great value for me, while fitting most all of my needs.

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#5 posted 04-15-2011 11:40 PM

Of the three you mentioned, I personally wouild choose the Makita. I have a 12” Makita and love it.
My son has a DeWalt. He loves my Makita!

You don’t necessarily need a 12”, (considering the difference in price), unless you are doing large crown moulding.


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