Time for a Miter Saw Upgrade! #3: Finally, an end to the Miter Saw Upgrade Blog...

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Blog entry by PlanBWoodworks posted 08-27-2018 02:31 AM 1221 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t have any excuse for the ridiculous amount of time between the first installment of this blog and the final. I wish that I could tell you that my intention was to run my upgraded miter through its paces to give a thoughtful and detailed review backed by months of use. While I could tell you that, that simply isn’t the case. The truth is that this is the third time that I have begun this particular entry. The first was exceptionally long winded (and for me to say that, that means something – see most of my other posts…), and after reading it, I decided to delete it.

The second attempt was much more concise, and I was actually quite pleased with it, but for some reason, the internet decided that it wasn’t to be and deleted it for me prior to my posting it.

This is hopefully my final attempt to wrap up this series. I considered just leaving it open ended, but I wanted to start another blog series, and my OCD simply wouldn’t allow me to start another without finishing this one.

To sum up the first 2 parts, I wanted to upgrade my miter saw. I had a 10” Ryobi slider that had served me well. It was the first tool that I purchased for this woodworking obsession that I now have. I can tell you that the Ryobi performed admirably. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it. Honestly, I just wanted a saw with a better pedigree.

I spent weeks researching and had bounced all around the list of usual suspects. I went in to the search with every intention of purchasing a Bosch Glide 12”. I looked at the Dewalt and Makita’s offerings. At the end of the day, I decided to go with the Dewalt 12” with the shadow line simply because I could purchase it locally and not have to worry about shipping damage or delays.

I went to Lowe’s the day after Christmas 2017 and walked in to purchase the Dewalt. However, when I walked in, the first thing that I saw was Delta’s new miter, the Cruzer. A Bosch glide clone, I was intrigued with the smaller required footprint. A quick search revealed mostly positive reviews. The 12” was on sale for $350. Knowing that the Delta would save me $250, and that Lowes has a 90 day return policy, I decided that I would roll the dice and give it a shot. Worst case scenario, I could take back the Cruzer and get the Dewalt later if I was unhappy.

Almost 8 months later, I still have the Cruzer. Is it flawless? No. Is it still pretty freaking good? Absolutely. The saw is powerful, quiet and accurate. The gliding arms work flawlessly. There is little to no noticeable play in the head with the saw fully extended. The adjustments are are accurate and easily made.

On the negative side, the dust collection is atrocious. There is so light or laser for a cut line. Also, if the saw is not locked into position, then it is possible to change the cut angle by bumping it. That being said, if the saw is locked down, it is extremely difficult to knock it out of alignment.

Overall, I am very pleased with this saw. I have no qualms about recommending it and look forward to many years of faithful service from it.

Thanks for looking!

-- Why can’t I ever find my pencil???

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 04:09 AM

Cool to see the Cruzer being used. Haven’t heard much about it since it launched, but I also liked the dual mounts for the slides. I ended up with the Bosch 12” myself, but it was long before the cruzer was announced. Good stuff.

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 09:56 PM

I was recently able to acquire a 10”Delta Cruzer for my department at work. It came out of the box plumb & square, no tuning required. Having only used it on one project, it’s hard to give a definitive assessment, but so far so good! The arms are as smooth as the Bosch. The project was outside so I can’t say anything about dust collection. Outside, I set up across the wind/ breeze & leave the dust bag off. I’m curious to see how it does w/a shop vac attached. So far this saw is 4+! It’s likely that I’ll buy one for myself.

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#3 posted 08-28-2018 11:44 AM

Good Solution – if the saw is locked down, it is extremely difficult to knock it out of alignment.


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