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Forum topic by dpop24 posted 09-13-2011 10:49 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2011 10:49 PM

I use my CMS for most cross cuts under 6” due to the ease of use and quick setup. However, I’ve often felt the need for additional cutting capacity.

How wide of a board can you cut with a 10” and 12” sliding compound miter saws? I think I’m now in the market for one and leaning towards a 10” because my shop is smaller but could be convinced to go for a 12’er if the increased space required is small and the additional cutting capacity is worth it.

As for brands, I’m leaning towards the Bosch, Makita, or Hitachi 10” but if I bump up to a 12” I might add Dewalt and Ridgid.


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#1 posted 09-13-2011 10:53 PM

dewalt 718-up to 16”

for what it’s worth, I keep thinking a 10” might be more suitable for woodshop as it’s smaller, and the blades can be swapped and shared with my TS… having a 12” means 2 sets of blades that are not interchangeable.

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 11:43 PM

The 10” makita has a 12” cut. The 12” hitachi may takeup the least space. The rails can be manipulated to allow the saw to take up less space in the rear. Which seems helpful if you are tight on space. I believe dewalt is getting ready to intro a new 12” model with a removeable fence for even more capacity.

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