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saltcod

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05-18-2015 12:21 PM

Hey all!

So…. a few years back, I bought a Makita LS1017LX1. This guy here: http://www.homedepot.ca/product/10-inch-sliding-compound-mitre-saw-with-stand/953349

Back then, I never had anywhere to set it up but outside, so I’d do all of my project cutting on the front lawn or deck. I never realized how big the footprint of this thing is — especially the depth.

In my new house I have a workshop (WHOOHOO!). A small workshop — it’s about 12×16. When I set up the mitre saw, it stands out almost in the middle of the room! When you factor in the space required for the slider, it comes out from the wall over 40 inches.

I could just move back to a 10” non-slider….but I’ve gotten used to the sliding now. Is there a smaller footprint saw that you recommend?

Thanks!


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dhazelton

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 01:09 PM

The Hitachi 12 inch slider has an articulated arm that sits closer to the wall. Is it the stand or the saw itself that’s the issue? Maybe you just need to ditch the stand if it’s like the one in the HD link.

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 01:12 PM

Thanks dhazelton! It’s actually the sliding part that’s causing all the depth issue. When the saw is in “non-sliding” position the slider arm extends way back to the wall. The distance is something like 42 inches from back to front in that position. Huge! The stand actually has a pretty compact footprint.

I’m thinking about getting a 12” non-slider at the moment. It should save some room, and should cost a little less than even this 10” slider cost.

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 01:14 PM

I had the same problem when I moved to a new house with a basement workshop. You don’t realize how much room those things take up until you have a small shop to work with.

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 01:15 PM

Exactly — it’s just massive! I had no idea.

I want to setup a bench to put it in with a homemade Kreg stop system, but I can’t build a 45” wide bench just for the chop saw! That’s almost half of my workshop then!

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 01:19 PM

The Dewalt 716 will let me cut 10” wide, so I’m really not losing a lot of crosscut capacity. And it’s just 20” deep!

http://www.dewalt.com/tools/machinery-miter-saws-dw716.aspx

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 01:33 PM

A Bosch Axial Glide would give you slider capacity with less space. There’s also a Craftsman saw that has the rails to the front, similar to a Festool Kapex, that would save some space. (Quality is a different issue, I have no idea how good it is)

You might also look at how the shop is organized. Somewhere I saw pics of a really good shop set up where the drill press was worked into the miter bench, along with a few other tools. Gave a lot of functionality along one wall. Not sure where I saw it or would provide a link.

BTW, I’d jump for joy over a 12×16 shop. My current one is only 110sq ft.

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 02:11 PM



Exactly — it s just massive! I had no idea.

I want to setup a bench to put it in with a homemade Kreg stop system, but I can t build a 45” wide bench just for the chop saw! That s almost half of my workshop then!

- saltcod

I wanted to do basically the same thing. Shop Notes had plans for a miter saw/lumber rack in an issue last fall so I jumped in a built it with a bunch of scrap wood I had laying around. I was pretty proud of myself right up to the point where I sat that saw where it when and realized it didn’t fit. So I had to re-do things a little and it hang off the end of the station by a mile.

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 02:23 PM

This saw, the DeWalt DW777 is a great mitre saw, with a very small footprint. The slides are inside the main body, so the saw slides on the bars rather than the bars sliding, if that makes sense! This means that you can sit it against a wall without a problem. I use one in college, and it is excellent. Hope this helps,
Garry

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#9 posted 05-18-2015 02:30 PM

aah that one looks great. Seems there isn’t a North America equivalent though.

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#10 posted 05-18-2015 02:37 PM



The Dewalt 716 will let me cut 10” wide, so I m really not losing a lot of crosscut capacity. And it s just 20” deep!

http://www.dewalt.com/tools/machinery-miter-saws-dw716.aspx

- saltcod

I have a 10+ year old version of this saw and it is great. I have never felt like a slider or anything bigger could be better. Smaller footprint by a lot, more portable and lighter weight. I consider these deck and playground tools. All the big wood shop tools handle everything else. I would not waste a lot of space on a slider.

You could sell it for about the price of a new dewalt.

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