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12-27-2011 05:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw

Was just curious as to what the best sliding miter saw would be. I’ve been looking at the Dewalt and just noticed the new Bosch one. Would appreciate any feedback.


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#1 posted 12-27-2011 05:17 PM

It all depends on your requirements and budget. My dream slider would be the Festool Kapex, but that is a ton of money I don’t have for a miter saw… The Festool, and the new Bosch have the advantage of not having the rails that extend behind the saw, and thus can be used in a shallower mounting depth. Simply put, they take up a LOT less room in your shop… But they are spendy…

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 07:01 PM

I have a 10” SCMS. Recently I worked on a project with a friend who has a 12” DeWalt that is not a slider.

If I ever need to replace my miter saw, I would serious consider that 12” DeWalt non-slider. With 2” stock, I can cut a piece 10” wide and the 12” non-slider cuts 8” wide. However, I think the non-slider is much less likely to go out of alignment.

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 08:03 PM

I have the DeWalt 718 12” slider. I love this thing. Changing the blade is kind of a pain and the dust collection is a joke but, it was accurate right out of the box and with a good blade it cuts clean and true. Of course the only other SCMS I have used was a 12” slider I got at Harbor Freight. So I guess anything would be an improvement.

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 09:01 PM

Definitely the Kapex, which might be overkill depending on how you plan on using your SCMS. It’s easily worth 2x the Bosch glide for some. If you work professionally in other people’s homes it’s a no-brainer due to the superb dust collection, but for a hobbyist who keeps a SCMS in a shop it might not be worth all that dough.

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 09:02 PM

Definitely the Kapex, which might be overkill depending on how you plan on using your SCMS. It’s easily worth 2x the Bosch glide for some. If you work professionally in other people’s homes it’s a no-brainer due to the superb dust collection, but for a hobbyist who keeps a SCMS in a shop it might not be worth all that dough.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 03:31 AM

Have a look in the reviews on here, there’s something like 57 reviews of miter saws. Actually, I was surprised at how poorly the Festool Kapex came out.

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#7 posted 12-28-2011 03:39 AM

When the latest Milwaukee came out the magazines were all raving about it. I heard or read very little after it was out a month. Hardly ever mentioned so I am not sure about it. I thought once I would try to own one but then I ran across a nearly new Bosch at a good price so I have it in my shop. I like it a lot. I have used several Dewalts that other people own and I will say they are good saws. They were no the slider models though. My Bosch is a slider model and I am not sure it is any better than a non slider if it is as good. I still use my old Rockwell 9” saw a lot. It is just handy and I like it. I am comfortable with it I guess. Something to think about is if you move a saw from job to job the Bosch has 2 handles built on the top. That should tell us something about the expected weight. If you don’t move it from job to job then a good table saw with a sled on it is more accurate than a miter saw. For general crosscut work a radial arm saw is as good as or better than a sliding miter saw. Something to think about.

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#8 posted 12-28-2011 06:39 AM

I posted a review a few days ago on the Hitatchi c12rsh and found it was the most bang for the buck. You can cut a 12 in wide brd. 4×4 no issue. It can be put against a wall. The Dewalts are nice. I chose the Hitatchi for me based on features and price and that I could place my hand with my thumb outside the handle and clear the guard.

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