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Forum topic by BiggKountry posted 11-12-2011 08:03 PM 1116 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2011 08:03 PM

I currently have a RAS and CMS that I want to sell and replace with a SCMS. Which model is the best to buy? Is it better to buy a 10” or 12” model?

Any inout is appreciated.

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 08:07 PM

I have the makita 10” slider, and I like it a lot. The soft start is nice, comes with a quality blade, accurate saw, a little more depth of cut than some other saws. There will be deals to be had on these type saws around black friday.

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 08:29 PM

I have the Bosch 8412L – I got this one (12”) for the larger capacity, although now a days the newer 10” can pretty much get you the same. I like my Bosch as it has a great layout…the new articulating Bosch looks very nice and has had a few good reviews (price is the big squelch on this – almost $800 in most places). I also have the Makita 10” that I got for a portable job saw – the Bosch is too big and heavy to haul arround efficiency. Both saws are excellent – just remember that they are not point on accurate….accurrate cuts are better made on the TS. I use my mitres for rough cutting mostly – it is a lot of work to get one set up for a precision cut…and even then you still have to worry about the play in the rigging….these saws are very difficult to perform consistent accurate cuts.

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#3 posted 11-12-2011 08:41 PM

I saw a Bosch compound miter saw at the wood show yesterday that is pretty cool. It doesn’t use rods or tubes for the saw to slide on so there is no clearance behind the saw to deal with, it has an articulated arm to extend and retract the saw with but it’s spendy. I believe its around $750.00.

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 04:27 AM

Either Bosch or Makita would be fine. In the dual miters – that is ones that tilt both right and left – Bosch has a new tubeless design called the “glide miter” as well the conventional tube slide. The conventional ten-inch Bosch dual slide miter is about $550.00. The new stye Glide is a bit pricey (760.00 or so) and so far is only available in a 12”. Makita has a conventional for dual slide for about $500.00 and a double slide that use two shorter sets of slides for around $6.00.00. The advantage Bosch offers is front mounted controls. However, I should mention that I own the Bosch dual slide and it tended to bind until I installed a dedicated Freud slide Miter blade. After that it has been great.

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 05:09 AM

12” sliders deflect more. It doesn’t matter in framing, but for fine
joinery, it matters.

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#6 posted 11-14-2011 05:28 AM

I have a makita 10 inch and a dewalt 12 inch (non-slider). I have used several sliders but personally dont reallly need one unless I was to go afield again for serious trim worik, even then maybe, maybe not. I willl tell you that the makita is a better saw than the dewalt but the dewalt is more user friendly in my experiance. I ve seen whats out there and laid hands on em. If I was going after a slider today it would be a dewalt or a bosch. And get a 12 inch by all means. FWIW deflection is a non-issue if your in tune with whats going on. JB

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#7 posted 11-14-2011 05:31 AM

+1 Bosch or Makita. I have the Makita 10”. Great saw. The new Bosch one wasn’t out yet when I bought mine, but if I was buying today, I’d buy that one just because it takes up less space behind the saw.

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 07:58 AM

Take a look at the 12 inch Hitatchi double bevel scms it has good reviews. Zero clearance in the back. Nice featree sett. It is heavy weights 65 lbs. could use a better blade. Lowes has the best price on it $399. Everyone is selling it between 5 &. 7 hundred dollars. It cuts 4×4 no problem and 12 wide brds. if I remember correctly.

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