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Forum topic by Charlie posted 05-13-2012 11:44 PM 1210 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2012 11:44 PM

Got a new table saw. I’ve spent so much time, meticulously tuning it, tweaking it, adjusting it. It’s wonderfully straight and true and repeatable.

Then I went to my miter saw and started checking this and that and it’s woefully out of adjustment. So now I’m going to be tuning, tweaking and adjusting again. Does it ever end? :)

Right now, I could cut pieces for a face frame more accurately on my table saw than I can on my miter saw.

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 12:06 AM

Table saw with a nice miter gauge or cross cut sled should be more accurate/repeatable than a miter saw a vast majority of them time.

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 12:08 AM

I second what Shane says. Once I got my table saw in order with a good miter gauge, my miter saw just collects dust. I didn’t like it much to begin with, but now it’s only used sparingly.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 02:29 AM

My experience with my Hitachi SCMS has been different than Shane’s and Brandon’s. I cut 45* for picture frames and very little (if any) adjustment to the joint is required. I think that once a good tool is set up, it should hold that set up. To me that is part of the justification of purchasing a better quality machine in the first place.

I also find cutting miters on the TS difficult, because no matter how careful I try to be, the piece will shift a little as I feed it through the blade. YMMV.

-- Art

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 03:24 AM

I think it’s always better to move the tool through the work than to move the work through the tool. You have more control.
The great thing about mitre saws is that they are so versatile. I used mine to remodel my basement. In fact, it’s the only tool besides my screw gun that I used.

It’s basically a cross cut devise, cutting wood to length. If you’re going to do anything besides 90 degree cuts, you still have to measure and get it right no matter what tool you use.
The DeWalts are really sweet to set up.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 11:21 AM

Set up is the key in all these tools we use.

I was having some trouble getting consistent repeatable cuts on my miter saw, but it’s really my fault as the work was shifting ever so slightly because I don’t have a dedicated miter table with stop blocks.

Once I started using the hold down that came with the saw on each piece I cut for picture frame the miter fit got way tighter. With the addition of a stop block for that kind of fit I think it will be even better.

So after I finish my current project the miter table is next on my list.

In the meantime I am using a nice after market miter gauge on my table saw and getting very good results, but again an accurate set up is the key.

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 12:05 PM

And this is why I went out and bought an old manual mitre saw – much more accurate

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 05-14-2012 01:13 PM

If you want repeatable consistency get an old Dewalt radial arm saw. Can usually find them for $100 – $150.

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#8 posted 05-14-2012 04:58 PM

The miter saw is a carpenter’s tool that replaces the RAS. I have one, but I use it only for construction, like cutting 2×4’s to length. Miters are always a problem no matter which type of saw you use because saws are normally set up for 90° cuts and every time you change the angle of cut, you have to go through alignment. I keep my saws set for 90° cuts and get repeatable cuts every time. If I need to cut a miter, I have to take many cuts on scrap to get the saw aligned. Going back to 90°, I realign the miter gauge again. All my miters are tweaked on a disc sander.

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 05:01 PM

I’m in the same boat.
The new TS is all dialed in and the MS is out of whack.
I had dialed it in some time ago, but, having moved last year, something is off.
It’s time to dial it in tight again, I think.
Seems it never ends…

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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