I went shopping for a SCMS. Most important to me was quality and
acuracy price not important for this item. I tried them all, spoke to
contractors etc. Decided on the Makita LS1013. Found it at sold at
$499 most places. Went to HD to buy some other supplies and guess
what.They had the LS1013 on closeout for $378, and I had a 10% off
coupon, and it had a rebate for a 14 volt cordless Makita drill/driver
with 2 batteries and charger! Bought it.
LS1013 and drill for $341. What do you think?
Had one. But it was too hard on my back carrying it around the house
to do the trim work. Seriously though, I did have one & sold it
because it constantly needed adjustment and it wasn't portable.
This saw's accuracy put the RAS to shame. Of course you can't do
somethings that u can on a RAS. You are
much more limited on the SCMS, but it does what it is designed to do
(trim work) much better than the RAS.
I had a RAScirca 1960 sold by Montgomery Wards. Can't remember the
actual manufacturer, but it was all American made and of better
construction than most are made today. But the comments are pretty
much true to all RAS's I believe.I have also used a Craftsman RAS (I
know, I know) and a Delta. Even the Delta needed frequent
adjustments.It's a factor of a steel beam slide assembly, and a
SEPARATE wood cutting surface which is designed to be replacable and
hence movable.The SCMS is much more solid, and more accurate. A
straight (non-slider) miter saw is perhaps the most consistant. But,
the main reason for the SCMS is portability. I don't know of ANY RAS
that I would want to carry around the job site, and having the saw
actually in the room that you're working on that day is an enormous
time saver compared with running back and forth to the RAS in the
basement or garage for every cut. Remember, we're talking hundreds of
As a matter of fact I do have a lot of those old "accessories" somewhere in
the shop. Don't use them but the are there! I do a lot of moulding/shaping
on the DeWalt as well as the regular day to day stuff like precision
cutting, miters, ripping...
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