Hello. I have a craftsman 10" sliding compound mitre saw.
When set for a 45 degree bevel, the blade strikes the left plastic table
insert. There is no adjustment possible on the saw, and it looks as if
it would slice at least 1/4 " off the radius of the insert. All other
angles, dangles and bojangles do not interfere with the table inserts.
Has anyone else encountered this, and if so, what is the workaround?
Thanks in advance
Don't have the particular saw, but it's not at all uncommon for saw
inserts in general to be cast for the 90-deg position and require
cutting to accommodate the full range of blade travel.
IOW, I'd guess it's WAD or a "feature", not a problem.
One could make another sacrificial insert if didn't want to cut the
original or I'm sure there are replacements available from Sears so can
have one dedicated to 45-deg work if desired...
Don't waste another minute on this turkey. Get a new or used Hitachi
10" sliding compound saw (Amazon, eBay) and sell yours on Craigslist
or the PenneySaver so that someone else can have fun with it. A miter
saw has to be adjustable to very small angles for doing any real
cabinetry or crown moulding work without winding up with bunches of
unusable scrap. Personally, I use a Bosch 12" beast and do a lot of
compound angle framing work on a current house project. It has all
manner of adjustments and holds them perfectly without hacking into
the insert. DeWalt is cheaper, but with less finesse. Having a decent
miter saw lets you use your table saw for what is good at. i would
never have a shop without both.
Bottom line, buy a decent tool to do decent work. Remember, you're
amortizing the cost over maybe 30 years, so buy cheap and buy often
isn't very wise.
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