Thanks very much for the detailed reply! Some followups below.
: 1) There is no way to adjust the angles of the detents. What you get is
: what you get. The angular relationship of my detents seems OK.
I think this is typical of most of these saws - I have yet to see one
where you can adjust individual detents. All you can do is set the
fence square to the blade. I was pleased to note that at least on the
saw I looked at, the detents were crisp, with little or no "slop".
: 2) Out of the box, the blade was not square with the fence at 90 degrees.
Bummer about needing to drill out the holes, but if I had to I could
do that too.
: 3) The blade supplied with the saw is fine. I bought a Forrest Chopmaster
: and I don't see much difference in performance between it and the stock
That's a bonus then! I'd been figuring on a mandatory $100 blade
upgrade right away.
: 5) The laser line doesn't fall on top of the cut. It falls about 1/16" to
: the left.
I was afraid that might be the case, since I didn't see any adjustment
for it either. Oh well - I wasn't figuring on the laser as a key
"must have" feature anyway. (I find it amusing that Sears is putting
lasers on everything these days - I'm waiting for the Laser-Trac
lawnmower line. 8-)
: I'd be glad to answer any other specific questions.
I guess the major one would be - are you happy with the accuracy it
provides? Any noticeable slop in the main pivot, or other unwanted
movement? If I'm doing final miter cuts on some painstakingly milled
picture frame stock, I want to be confident the saw is going to give
repeatable cuts. If it doesn't, then I'd be better off spending the
extra $100 for a PC or DeWalt, or spending less and living with a 10".
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