Comments, Sliding Miter Saw

Am looking to purchase the Makita 12" dual sliding compound miter saw (LS1216L) to replace my Radial Arm Saw. Have had the Radial Arm Saw for 45 years and need a new motor which is not available. Want a sliding miter with 14" cross cut at 90 degrees. The Dewalt DSW780 is also a contender. Am looking for Pros and Cons from owners of either of the two.
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On 7/15/2016 2:14 PM, snipped-for-privacy@sympatico.ca wrote:

I'm no expert, but much depends what you did with the RAS. If you used it for dados, for example, you cannot do so with a sliding miter. Also, a RAS has a longer gliding track compared to a sliding miter. If you have wider boards, the miter may not be able to cut it all whereas the RAS could.
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On Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:26:40 -0400, Meanie wrote:

Huh? I can. I just set the depth limit for the cut I want and have at it. Now if you meant grooves, you have a point.
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On Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:11:34 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard

Not for cabinet making nor for wide boards. Set your groove and when you raise the blade you lose how close to the fence you can cut at full depth on many saws. Then again try a 24' dado at even .25" depth, your out of luck.
The op might want to consider a table saw and a sliding miter saw. With the table saw he should be able to use his old blades if they are in good shape.
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On 7/15/2016 7:11 PM, Larry Blanchard wrote:

A dado is a cut across the grain.
A groove is cut with the grain.
Technically, it is all a groove but I'm using woodworking terminology.
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On Fri, 15 Jul 2016 23:11:34 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard

Don't you have a problem with the rails/mechanism flexing? They're not intended to be very stable in the vertical axis. Also, the spindle isn't very long. You're not going to get a 3/4" dado set on one.
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When I do that, the blade stops before it cuts all the way through the wood, so I'm left with a little ramp at the end. Your SCMS may be different, but it's just something to watch for.
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On 7/15/16 1:14 PM, snipped-for-privacy@sympatico.ca wrote:

You might want to call your local stores and see if they have any Dewalt DSW779s left. My local Home Depot was closing them out at $300 because they were expecting the newer 780 to come in.
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