I just switched to a Makita 10 sliding MS from my Craftsman 10". The
Craftsman was a fine saw and I really had no complaints with it other
than capacity. The Craftsman is one of those laser-loc (correct
marketing term??) equiped saws. And over time I really enjoyed the
feature. It was the kind that replaces the LH blade washer and comes
on when the saw is started.
I tried to take the laser unit from the Craftsman and put it on my new
Makita but the blade cover linkage gets in the way...the laser washer
is a tad too thick to clear. I tried removing the linkage (and the
blade guard) and then the laser fits fine, and works great. The line
it projects is right on the money (the laser line right edge is where
the blade hits the work). After a few test cuts I decided the laser
wasn't a good trade for the blade guard so it's back to stock form.
So is there anyone out there that has found a aftermarket laser system
they are happy with. Particularly one for the Makita SCMS. My brother
bought a laser kerf system for his older MS but he says sometimes it
gets bumped and you have to re-calibrate it again...a bit of a PITA.
So it didn't sound too good. But thought you guys may have some input.