I cannot speak to the specific saw.
I will speak to "Entry level" in you title. I have recently realized that I
am spending the last half of my life replacing entry level stuff with the
good stuff I really wanted. It would have been cheaper and more satisfying
to buy the good stuff in the first place.
With that said take no offense against the Dewalt tool. The make pretty
So there. Said that!
the beauty of places like ebay and HF are that you can get tools NOW
at budget prices... to use while learning not only how to work with
and use the tool, but whether or not it will be an important part of
My first biscuit jointer was on sale at HF for $40... I made my
learners mistakes while abusing it and realizing WHY the dewalt was so
expensive... and that it WAS worth $140... YMMV
(I'm still using my $99 HF 9' disk / 4x48" belt sander and it does
every thing that I need, at least at my present skill/knowledge level)
If this is the 12" compound miter saw your referring to, buy it , it's
an excellent saw. I have used these saws since they first came out, I
am not a big Dewalt fan, but this saw is one of their better tools
I think the 12" is the 705, which I own, and about which I agree with Mike.
The 703 is a 10", and runs about $100 less at Amazon.
If you can go for the extra money, the 12" is a "keeper" saw, with capacity
to do everything a homeowner or hobbyist can throw at it. Not being a
contractor, I can't vouch for that use.
SWMBO is warming up to the idea of putting crown molding in the house,
so a CMS (or maybe SCMS) purchase is in the not-too-distant future.
I've always assumed that a 10" saw would meet most homeowner's needs
but Patriarch's post suggests that I'd better rethink that position.
The 12" models typically bump the price up considerably but, if a 10"
model leaves me undersized, the savings is a moot point. What tasks
have you performed on a 12" MS that could not be completed on a 10"
Mike - hoping to make a well-informed purchase
half email@example.com (Mike) wrote in
5 1/2" crown moulding. By the way, either get a really good book on crown
installation from the library, or find someone to SHOW you how to do it
right. You will suffer far less that way. The process is far more than
just having the right tools.
I'll second the book as a wise purchase, also extra material. In my
home, I used my wife as my assistant. The Crown is "interesting" in a
few places. I would also invest in a laser level which can get close
to the ceiling. After working in my kitchen recently, the last piece
I was putting up turned out to be 1/2" down from the roof to match a
mating piece at a little softit jig. My wallpaper/level/ruler
combination reported the roof to be severely out of plumb. SO NOW I
have to caulk that little bugger.
I also recommend you learn how to cope, it's not that hard, secret is
a fine tooth blade and a bit of practice. If you are not painting
your crown, you have your work cut out for you and I would increase
the budget 50% for replacement pieces.
I would also recommend one of those expanding posts/jack doo dads that
can hold a piece of crown on the roof and wall while you work the
other end. My wife's smidgeon and mine are about .01 to .125+ apart.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan W) wrote in message
Yes, I will definitely do a lot of research before comitting to the
project. I had planned on getting the Makita SCMS, which will
probably satisfy any width requirements but I'm not sure about heighth
requirements. A 5 1/2" cut is obviously too much for a 10" saw but
what is the practical maximum?
Yes, I plan to cope joints as necessary (after some practice on
sacrificial boards) and the molding will be painted.
I understand completely.
Thanks to all for your suggestions.
Cutting wider boards. You are correct for the homeowner putting up window
and door trim, but for general wood working, their is always going to be a
board 1/2" wider than the capacity of your saw. The job I bought my saw for
was to install flooring. The 10" would have done the job but I decided to
bite the bullet and get the 12". I'm not sorry and I have used the extra
capacity. FWIW, I have the DeWalt 705. Came with a free ROS at the time
A 10" slider will have additional capacity but the price jumps on those
On 8 Oct 2004 12:31:51 -0700, half email@example.com (Mike) wrote:
Mine is a 10" and when I'm building RV wheel chocks, I have to cut
4x4's at a 30 degree angle... just enough of an angle to have to lift
the front of the stock a bit to cut the last 1/8"... a 12" would do a
4x4 at a 45 degree angle..
I'm a 40-shot handicapper an this and also looking at the 705.
But I just ran across the 712 and wonder if that one wouldn't
make the most sense as a general cutter for someone who
doesn't do anything fancy. I realize that it's limited in the
thickness it can handle but I very rarely do anything with wood
over 2" thick, and then it's for fence posts anyway.
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