Workshop Development #10: The new saw decision has been made. The winner is...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-10-2010 08:56 PM 1711 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Pondering replacing the 10" CMS with a slider, or a RAS. HELP ME DECIDE PLEASE!!! Part 10 of Workshop Development series Part 11: LOTS of shop cleanup, and improving dust collection at the miter saw... »

Okay so I did a lot of calling around on RAS’ in my price range, and to be blunt, they were TRASHED. Or too danged small for my needs. There was one old DeWalt 12” out there, that had the capacity, and everything was there, but it was so badly rusted it would take me a year and a ton of money to fix what was left to rot…

So before it expired, my coupon and I went to Harbor Freight, where they had a stack of the #98194 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser. Mind you, the laser is pointless for me, but that’s another story all together…

Now mind you, this IS a Harbor Freight tool, and I would be out of my ever lovin’ mind if I got the thing without the warranty. So I snatched the 2 year extended plan for an extra $19.00. Cheap insurance if you ask me.

I also did measure the entire distance front, to the back of the slide rails with the head slid all the way back, and it measures 28” to the front of the casting where the front bolts mount. (the table protrudes). In order to allow SOME room behind for a DC hood, I will want my mounting surface to be 30” deep. Now the bench that will be converted to a miter saw station, is 24” deep. I will need to bump out the miter saw shelf to 30”. Good thing to know. For the most part, this is not a problem as I have 4’ between this bench, and the workbench / table saw outfeed table.. I am somewhat considering actually bumping out the entire bench to that depth, but that would mean I would need to make the front legs longer. This is the bench that sits on the 2” lip in my shop. Not a huge deal… It’s just 2×4s…

So with the new purchase, I REALLY need to step up my efforts to get my 10” non slider out of my shop.

Anyone want to buy a good condition Firestorm 10” miter saw?

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 10:27 PM

I just died a little on the inside. lol.

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#2 posted 12-10-2010 10:44 PM

Well, considering my budget constraints, I just wasn’t seen decent RAS’ in my price range. The ones that weren’t rusted up had bad motors, and the sellers still wanted a bill and a half for them! That, combined with the limited capacity height wise of the smaller models that were in my price range and in good shape (A couple of B&D, a Ryobi, and a couple of Craftsman, 9, and 7.25” models…) just pushed me over the edge to the SCMS… After fiddling with the SCMS floor model in store, it seemed reasonably set up, the slide was smooth, and there was no head deflection, at least that I could feel… I might just stash the B&D up in the attic for a while to see how I like this one…

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#3 posted 12-11-2010 04:39 AM

db, the thing about HF is you will either love then or hate them. Frankly I don’t have a problem with them. You probably made a good choice, enjoy!

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#4 posted 12-11-2010 07:51 AM

I wasn’t judging. Just joking. We’ve all got our own set of criteria to base things on. I hope it gets the job done for you.

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