I'm ready to upgrade my miter saw. I'm can go with a 12" dual-compound
non-sliding chop saw for about $350 or get a 10" Bosch single-compound
sliding miter saw for about $355. Clearly I'll have more cross-cut
capacity with the sliding saw, but I won't have the dual compound bevel, and
I'll lose a little in height capacity. Which would you go with and why?
I forgot that I'll be putting the saw on a mobile cart, and will store it
against a wall, so I am also a little concerned with the amount of space the
sliding saw requires behind it. Is this a big deal for those of you that
It seems that lately I've been cutting boards as wide as 12 inches, but
you're right, the majorit is in the 6-8" range. When I get rough lumber,
however, I sometimes get it up to 3-3.5" thick, and wonder if the slider
would cut this better, just in the mode of cutting action it has. As far as
moldings, when I do case work I use them a lot, but haven't done that in a
while. I usually do the miters on the table saw, but if I had a better chop
saw maybe that would change.
There are no stupid questions.
There are a LOT of inquisitive idiots.
I'm a newbie but I'll take a stab here. I have the Dewalt 12" CMS. (Non
sliding, only tilts one side) I haven't run into any angles I couldn't
manage on my saw yet. Though it can be a pain to flip the board around and
sometimes I have to think for a moment about what face should go up. I do
wish pretty often that I could chop wider boards since I don't have a real
table saw. One other thing that comes to mind is that I tend to be anal
about checking my saw each time I change the bevel angle even though I tuned
the 90 and 45 degree stops. Personally, I think I would rather flip the
board over to cut a bevel from the other side than disturb my saw settings
each time. Depends on what you are doing I guess and on how long of a board
you can cross cut on your table saw. I wish I had bought a slider now.
Oh, I mounted my saw on a folding base with slide out rollers I got at HD.
Ridgid brand. I'm pretty happy with it but some type of length stop would
be nice to have.
Whatcha planning on cutting?
IOW, any "wide" panels (for example)?
I find that my 12" compound miter handles about everything I throw at
it, though _occassionally_ I do find myself wishing for a slider or
On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 10:53:45 GMT, "Mike in Mystic"
A little late in the day,
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