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Forum topic by Lone posted 12-10-2013 03:52 PM 864 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-10-2013 03:52 PM

I have it narrowed between this Craftsman 10” Single Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw:
and DeWalt 12’’ fixed DW715:

I am getting into finished woodworking, my articulate processes and fear of mistakes is holding my back from diving in.My finished experience is very limited but know my way around 2×4s and crude circular saw on plywood. I own a used table saw and in the process of building a respectable fence and outboard leafs for it.
This miter will be for compound cuts since I dont feel comfortable with long boards on the ts and mostly for outdoor and garden projects. I do deal with the occasional 2×8, 4×4s, and molding. I like the cheaper 10” blades and it handling large miter cuts, dont like size and cheap construction. DeWalt dont know about the 12” blades and dont know if the non-sliders is a old design hence price, Love the construction and base. Both in the 170 range any insight would be fantastic.

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 04:37 PM

I’d buy the dewalt over the craftsman any day! if money is a concern, then buy the 10 inch. craftsman tools are not what they once were. If you’re thinking of outdoor projects like fences or gates, then you would be better off with a twelve inch. I have a 12 inch dewalt, not slide, but I use on job sites a lot also have a 10 inch Makita, it’s heavy but a good saw; I have a festool 10 inch slide, and it stays in the shop.

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 06:25 PM

As the linear bearing wear on ANY sliding saw, accuracy and precision will be reduced. When I’m ready for more than my 10” compound miter saw, I’ll be getting the new Bosch 10” axial glide saw, no linear bearings to fail, only much less expensive and more reliable ball bearings at the joints. I personally never liked the idea of a universal motor spinning a 12” blade without some kind of soft start to keep the motor from destroying itself. I don’t believe that DeWalt has any kind of soft start. If I had to choose between the two, I wouldn’t, it would only be slightly more money for 12” saw with soft start, Makita and Milwaukee both have 12” offerings with soft start and Bosch may too.

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 06:45 PM

Thanks so far. I will look those saws up.

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 06:53 PM

DeWalt – Period.

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 07:32 PM

That 12” Dewalt was the saw to have when they first came out. I’ve owned several. Good saw if you only have one. I prefer to cut crown leaning against the fence with crown stops anyway so dual angle saws aren’t always necessary.

I admit My current fixed saw is a dual angle 12” Delta. But, I just bought the Dewalt 10” slider

Listen – if you can beg, borrow, sell a kidney …..whatever it takes, get this saw. it is so sweet with the LED light. do it. how many checks you got? no problem.

I wouldn’t even consider that cheap Craftsman.

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#6 posted 12-10-2013 10:40 PM

I bought a new 12 DeWalt slider in 2000 and I use it most days now in my workshop. Still doing a good job for me. I originally choose it when I was building decks and it served me well for that. It now is bigger than I need so when when it finally dies I plan to get a 10” Bosch slider.

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#7 posted 12-10-2013 10:41 PM

I have used both of these saws and I would get the Dewalt hands down. I have a lot of older Craftsman tools but in this case get the Dewalt.

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 03:27 AM

Thanks guys, Im going with the Dewalt.

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