I have the 12" Dewalt slider and don't have any problems with wandering on
any cuts. When I switched to a slider from the Dewalt 12" chopsaw I was
concerned, and even kept the old saw setup, but never had any problems.
Good luck with your purchase.
I've noticed that the slider (often) consists of two bars. I've seen
them side-by-side on some models, and one-atop-the-other on other
models. I'd expect the side-by-side design to have a lot less
sideways play. Does anyone have experience with both types to confirm
Dewalt makes a 12" blade model that cuts 16" with some alterations to
raise the table to take full advantage of the blade diameter.
I have a 10" Makita, love the saw but it is heavy and it has a large
footprint, though not as heavy as other brands. If it will only sit on
a bench in your shop this is not important.
I have used an 8 1/2" Dewalt and would actually love to have a smaller
saw like it, I am short, 5' 7" and find reaching around the Makita to
tilt the blade a bit awkward, I have also used a 12" Makita and it is
even more so. This has to do with the design of the bench it is sitting
on in the shop, at a site on a workmate it is easier to step around it.
Most dimensional lumber falls within the 12" cutting capacity anything
wider is usually a panel and I would cut that on the table saw with a
I rarely do crosscuts on the table saw. I have my radial arm saw "tuned" for
accurate crosscuts. If I need more crosscut capacity I use a circular saw
with a guide made especially for the job. I want a good sliding compound
miter saw to replace the radial arm saw and for some miters. I have a miter
sled for my table saw that allows me to do accurate miters but I would
rather have a saw dedicated to the job, ie a SCMS. Having a little extra
capacity for 90 degree cuts would be a plus.
I've been looking at the Bosch 5412L.
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