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 Post subject: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:05 am 
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Location: carleton, MI
I am thinking about getting a new miter saw. I have old 10" delta. Radial saw died a while back. Thinking may be time to upgrade. What are the opinions on 10" vs 12"? I think I would like the extra crosscut capacity of the 12" but doubt I need the depth of cut. I am debating Makita, Bosch, and Dewalt. I usually buy Bosch but not convinced. I have never owned a Dewalt or a Makita tool. I am leaning toward the Makita but looking for your input.


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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:05 pm 
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Location: Brighton, MI
I have the Bosch with the articulating arm and am extremely happy. Sits snug to the wall.


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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:51 pm 
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Location: Trenton, Michigan
In the MAY/JUNE 2014 issue of Fine Woodworking, Marc Adams reviewed 5 saws; Bosch CM12, Dewalt DW715, Makita ls1221, Ridgid r4120 and Skil 3821-01. (Festool was not included in the saws reviewed.)

"...not all were able to produce furniture-quality cuts... At the end of the day, the Bosch CM12 stood clearly above the rest, making clean, precise cuts in the toughest woods. In fact, if the design doesn’t change, this is the chopsaw I’ll buy when it comes time to replace my current crop. "

Also: http://www.finewoodworking.com/2013/06/ ... -miter-saw

I don't have this saw and know others will tout the Festool Kapex, but the Kapex is $1,500 vs latest Bosch at $550.
https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-CM12SD-Bev ... b_title_hi

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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:46 pm 
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I've had the new Makita as well as the Bosch-- definitely a bigger fan of the Bosch.


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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:38 am 
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I have a bosch slider. They are nice saws as long as you don't have to carry it much. If you are going to be dragging it around job sites then suddenly the Kapex starts to seem like kind of a good deal.
Mine is a 10 inch as I had a 12 at one point and I struggled with blades wandering (even nice blades like Forrest).


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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:45 am 
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I bought a used Kapex from another member here and I agree with Mitch...if the saw will spend its life in the same spot in your shop any of the options discussed above will work just fine. OTOH if you are going to take it along to jobsites the Kapex with UG cart, despite the ridiculous price starts to make sense.

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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:06 am 
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I have a 10" Makita slider. I like it. I picked a slider so I can cut thicker boards. They do take more room though. Takes many crosscuts out of my table saw needs. Now the only time I use the table saw for cross cuts is really wide pieces and really short pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:51 am 
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I have two nice classic old RASes from the 1950s that I will sell you for much less than those prices.


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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:43 am 
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I have a 12" Bosch glide. I upgraded from 1 Ryobi 10" so I noticed a big difference in the performance. Personally for me the small footprint of the glide compared to it's size is a big plus as I have a small shop. The saw comes with many bells and whistles, has upfront controls and side extensions are built in. I have done some minor upgrades to the dust boot, added a length stop and a laser guide. I definitely recommend this saw!

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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:08 pm 
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glitchkb wrote:
I have a 12" Bosch glide. I upgraded from 1 Ryobi 10" so I noticed a big difference in the performance. Personally for me the small footprint of the glide compared to it's size is a big plus as I have a small shop. The saw comes with many bells and whistles, has upfront controls and side extensions are built in. I have done some minor upgrades to the dust boot, added a length stop and a laser guide. I definitely recommend this saw!


I also have this saw, haven't had a chance to really put it to work yet but so far I really like it.
Which laser did you put on yours?


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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:03 pm 
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BobRossi wrote:
glitchkb wrote:
I have a 12" Bosch glide. I upgraded from 1 Ryobi 10" so I noticed a big difference in the performance. Personally for me the small footprint of the glide compared to it's size is a big plus as I have a small shop. The saw comes with many bells and whistles, has upfront controls and side extensions are built in. I have done some minor upgrades to the dust boot, added a length stop and a laser guide. I definitely recommend this saw!


I also have this saw, haven't had a chance to really put it to work yet but so far I really like it.
Which laser did you put on yours?


I bought the LS010 laser guide. I read some reviews about it not working for some people.. but for me with a Diablo 12" blade it is very accurate! I also installed a Kreg precision track and stop kit. Now I can crosscut without thinking twice about the cut. I also recommend checking out the Glide mods by DP shoptalk @ YouTube. It's amazing how slightly extending the dust boot length improves the dust collection dramatically!

I'm interested in knowing your thoughts about the saw as you put it through its paces.

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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:15 pm 
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I've been using a Makita LS1016 for a couple of years now and have NO complaints at all. Very smooth cuts, very accurate. The laser guides are very easy to adjust for accuracy. However, even a laser line is only about as precise as a less-than-perfectly-sharp pencil, so just as with doing crosscuts on a table saw, getting a 100% accurate cut requires marking with a knife and looking at where the saw teeth are going to enter the wood. With that caveat, it's almost as accurate as my table saw (a 3 HP Jet Xacta).

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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:34 pm 
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I have a Hitachi 12". It replaced a smaller Hitachi which was the highest rated saw of it's time. I am very pleased with the 12" but the tipping point was that the rails that can be positioned in front of the saw. That position allows the saw to set much closer to the wall substantially reducing space.


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 Post subject: Re: Miter saw opinions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:38 pm 
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Location: carleton, MI
Thanks for all the feedback. I went to Marsh today. I decided on the 10" Makita. I thought the handle was more comfortable. I was a little surprised that both the miter and the bevel required a tune up. The blade is much better than I expected. While I had no interest in the laser after trying it I do like it.


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