I finally got a chance to check out the 12" Makita slider alongside the
other contenders such as PC, Bosch, and DeWalt 718. The Makita wins
hands down the title of most rigid assembly (and it slides almost as
well as the new Bosch). The PC is the next best, the Dewalt I rate 3rd,
and the Bosch is loosey-goosey--too much flex! That's a shame, because
otherwise the Bosch looks well thought out, and it slides effortlessly.
The Bosch , like the DeWalt has a drive belt.
Do you have procedures and data that you could share? It is hard to get any
real information from terms like loosey-goosey and how do you know that you
were applying the same amount of force to each unit?
What I'm wondering is, where did you try them and who assembled them?
If you're talking about some store that had all those saws on display,
assembled by one or two minimum-wage people who had time to get the
first three assembled and adjusted right but got told to get the lead
out for the last one, which was a Bosch, I have to wonder if the test
might be a little questionable. At the very least, if one of them felt
all loosey goosey, I'd want to check and see if anything needed a
little righty tighty.
Have you or anyone else compared the new 12" Hitachi to the others? I saw one the other
day and it was huge, complete with the laser sight and a lcd numeric display on the hand
grip. (was in a hurry didn't get to see what the display was about....?) Has to be up the
with the biggest yet, although the makita has a novel drive system and is a great unit.
Seems like all the 12" SCMS have gone through some redesign since the Dewalt 12" hit the
street a couple of years ago...as the laser sights go however, the most useful one I have
seen from my perspective is the ones that are two beams that actually define the kerf of
the blade, otherwise just a simple laser lit line is not advantage from before using built
in graduations, or even pencil. Joe.
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