Best Compound Mitre saw


I am looking for a new compound mitre saw. I am mostly interested in finding a saw that make precision joints. I have been looking at the new Hitachi C12LSH and had a few questions.
1. Will a slider compound saw make as precise a cut as fixed compound saw?
2. How acurate is the digital display?
3. Pros & cons of the laser marker?
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Typically the slider will not be as accurate. More moving parts usually equates to more opportunity to error. That said a slider CAN be as accurate but in general is not. A regular kerf blade would be an improvement.

IMHO it is a Gee-Whiz feature. Absolutely not necessary and probably typically inaccurate compared to a zero clearance insert to align your mark with.
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IMHO a slider is probably a little less accurate than a regular compound miter saw. However, technique in moving the blade without applying side force might help a little.
When I bought a mitre saw a few years ago I debated the same question. I ended up buying a standard 12" mitre saw in lieu of a slider or a 10" machine. My thought was that the larger blade would provide a little more capacity. Also, when space permits, I can pick up a good, used radial arm saw pretty economically.
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1. No, a slider will be less accurate. However, how acurate are you looking for. If I am building furniture where I want real accuracy, I use the table saw and a well tuned sled (Incra in my case).
2. No experience. I always check my cuts and never totally rely on settings if 100% accuracy is important; which, fortunate for me, is not to often.
3. Yeah it's whizz bang but... I love having it. I do lots of quicky cuts on small pieces and it is real nice to see if I am going to nip my finger. It is really a nice safety feature and that red line over flesh is a real eye catcher.
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depends on the machine. so far my makita 1013 has been more accurate then any of my non sliders. but I demand more out of that saw then most people need out of one. there are few good non sliding saws out there anymore. but getting a 12" is not the way to increase accuracy. getting a forrest blade will help a fair amount. Knight-Toolworks http://www.knight-toolworks.com affordable handmade wooden planes
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I went from the first Milwaukee slider (10") to the Makita 1013. I can't find fault with it. It's truly dead-nuts accurate.
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Sorry about that little attachment on my last posting. We downloaded Hotbar last evening to send a greeting card to a friend. Big mistake. Don't use it!
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What happen to the old "boxed traveling beam" miter saw where both ends of the beam are fixed with very little flex. Maybe it fell out of favor like the RAS as it has a much larger footprint. Shouldn't that be more accurate than the sliding saws we have now.
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On Fri, 02 Sep 2005 09:48:58 -0600, John Morphet

I've had the Hitachi for about 12 years, I don't see any noticable wave in longer cuts, more than good enough for 90% of stuff, table saw for the rest. Don't care for the radial arm saws. And I'm still on the original blade with only diamond hone touch ups.

Mines too old, but doubt I'd get much use from this anyways.

Never having used one, I don't see them needing to be all that accurate, as long as you learn where it cuts relative to the laser mark. Like the safety part too.
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