does anybody have a sliding miter saw thats accurate

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09-13-2014 01:07 PM

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does anybody have a sliding miter saw from a company that make makes very accurate cuts.

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#1 posted 09-13-2014 01:16 PM

I have a Dewalt and it cuts spot on every time. Just take the time to set it up. I had to loosen the gauge, and re do it all a few times. But it is spot on now.

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#2 posted 09-13-2014 01:29 PM

I while ago Fine Woodworking Magazine picked the Bosch’s CM12 as the best for furniture makers.
Now, it is not sliding… The best is probably again the big Bosch GCM12SD is your best bet….

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#3 posted 09-13-2014 01:35 PM

These guys claim to be the most accurate ,also the most expensive .

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#4 posted 09-13-2014 01:52 PM

I have a 12” Dewalt, and it’s always been accurate from day 1. Been 4 years now, and it’s been abused all that time. Never dropped, but cut stuff maybe I shouldn’t have….......... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#5 posted 09-13-2014 03:21 PM

I have had the Festool Kapex that A1Jim mentioned for several years and although it was expensive (the sting of the initial purchase has long been healed) I feel it was worth every penny and I am extremely impressed with its accuracy and quality.

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#6 posted 09-13-2014 04:52 PM

If you want supper accuracy, first get away from a slider. To many moving parts.

Go to something like Omega.

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#7 posted 09-13-2014 05:49 PM

The OMGA makes the festool look like a bargain and if you want it to be portable you’ll have to trade your 1/2 ton truck for a 3/4 ton just to be able to haul it around!

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#8 posted 09-13-2014 05:58 PM


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#9 posted 09-13-2014 06:41 PM

I have a permanently installed 10” Delta slider that is always accurate. I recheck it every month or 2. I have another 10” Delta mounted on a folding sawhorse to use for on site use.

-- R. Smith Central Iowa

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#10 posted 09-13-2014 06:41 PM

All the brand name sliders are probably accurate enough
for cabinetmaking and trim carpentry… DeWalt, Makita,
Bosch. There’s a race to the bottom going on though
like with Hitachi’s new 8.5” sliding saw being an inferior
replacement for the 8.5” saw it is supposedly an
update of. All these companies have to build to
fit price points. Only Festool seems to be sparing
no expense. You might look into Mafell and Metabo.

I had a DeWalt 8.5” slider and found it very accurate.
DW712… they don’t sell it anymore for some reason.
It’s a nice tool.

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#11 posted 09-13-2014 06:57 PM

I have a 12” Hitachi slider that has been dead-on since the day I got it. I recheck it before each use and have never had to do any tweaks.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#12 posted 09-14-2014 04:02 PM

I use the DeWalt DW712 (8.5” slider) at very accurate. I do a lot of 60/30 rail and stile joints because of this saw.

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#13 posted 09-14-2014 07:13 PM

I had a problem with my miters on the DeWalt, but solved it with a better blade.. A lot of he new saws come with construction grade blades. You might look into getting a better blade. As well you may need to tune her up a bit. Damn things travel all the way from China, so give the poor saws a break.

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#14 posted 09-14-2014 09:02 PM

I believe all mitre saws can be made accurate. I have been using a 10” Lowe’s/Kobalt slider for years. I ripped a sacrificial strip of maple for an insert in the bed of the saw, removed any and all extraneous “features” bolted it to a homemade bench of MDF, 2X2 with 6X28 inch rif sawn oak boxes on either end to match the height of the saw bed. The box risers are 3 1/2 high, the back riser is 5 1/2 so now I can lay in any stock length and cut to size.

I do check blade square in both directions and always get square cuts with a 60 tooth finish blade. No fussing, I use a 6” Swanson construction grade stair triangle (also available @ Lowe’s 6 bucks). Truth be known, there is no blade guard to get in the way of the square; dangerous but there is also no one in this shop but me and I am acutely aware of all risks. Additionally no stock gets crosscut until AFTER it has been dressed minimum two sides even 2X gets planned/jointed; I build primarily in hard maple, walnut , qtr-sawn oak and alder any 2X would be utility stock.

Miters on a Slider: Again the construction grade Swanson does the trick every time. I verify with a scrap cut. A combination of the Wixey Digital and bevel gauge can also be used to dial in a perfect 45^.

-- Brad~Scott

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#15 posted 09-14-2014 09:49 PM

After replacing original blade without even trying it, and fine tuning all functions, my 10” slider cuts perfect angles every time. Does not matter if I am framing a deck or a picture, my Harbor Freight is dead on accurate. $79 (second one due to my Son confiscating the first)

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