Milwaukee or Jet sliding compund mitre?

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Blog entry by mbhcustoms posted 08-30-2012 12:24 PM 1277 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an older Porter Cable 12’ compound mitre saw, which I have gotten excellent service from and plan to keep. I am putting together a new workshop and would like to add a good 12’ sliding compund. I have seen good reviews on the Milwaukee but not much on the Jet. I don’t care much about the fancy electrical mitre guage or lights on the Milwaukee, as I tend not to be hard on equipment and don’t think they will benefit me or last. I can’t find much to read about the Jet. I don’t care about bulk or weight. I just want a good, heavy duty saw with acurate mitres.
Anybody have any experience with either saw or have any other recomendations?

-- ---Ross

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#1 posted 08-30-2012 06:06 PM

Have you looked at the Bosch?

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#2 posted 08-30-2012 09:36 PM

I hadn’t but I did some searches on Bosh after reading your reply. Looks like a beefy saw. I noticed they have 2 models – one with rails and one with the “axial glide system”. I’ve never owned any Bosh tools but I’ve never heard anything bad about them either. Thanks for making my decision even harder! – Just kidding – I’m probably putting too much thought into it, but this will probably be the last one I buy and I use it more than anything else in my shop.

-- ---Ross

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#3 posted 08-30-2012 10:55 PM

The school where I teach my adult woodworking class has three One Makita, one Bosch and Hitachi and even though I own a Bosch that I like a lot I think the Hitachi is the best and it’s less money than the others.

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 09:13 PM

I have the milwaukee and it is a very good saw with lot’s of capacity.
the only problem is the digital mitre read out cannot be trusted. it reads all over the place.
sometimes it will be 7 degrees off from the pointer. The only time it is accurate is when you are at a preset
detent. then you don’t it.
hope this helps

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 02:26 PM

I have been a contractor for 12 years, I have used the Dewalt’s (older ones are better than the newer ones) I have used the bosch’s, the rail 10” previously and now I have the axial glide one. The bosch’s are great saws, don’t know if I would say that the glide system is worth the money, but it is nice and a great saw, I do miss having a 10” saw though, higher speed and less deflection. I have heard nothing but bad things about the Milwaukee and the Hitachi saw (never used either, but I have worked with guys that have used both). Personally if I was buying again it would be between the bosch, makita and Dewalt and if I came across a bunch of money it would be the Festool.

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#6 posted 09-10-2012 02:51 PM

I have a Bosch slider. I like it but it is large, heavy and throws dust like a Banshee. I don’t think those things make it any different than the other saws in that class though. I still like it. I have used Dewalts. I agree that the older Dewalts seem to be the better saws. Have little to base that on. The new ones don’t feel as solid though. Hard to imagine you can cheapen a plastic saw but I think they have.
I thought I wanted a 10” until I got on a crown molding job and the 10 inch was too small to make the cuts. I decided I needed one of the big saws so when I ran across one I bought it. I was driving dow the street and saw it at a garage sale. I happened to know the lady running the sale. She said her dad had bought it and remodeled a couple of rooms in his home and didn’t need it. Got it for $300. It just kept calling my name so I took it home with me. LOL

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#7 posted 01-08-2013 01:51 AM

I finally decided on the Bosh 12” axial glide. I found it new at for $689.00 with free shipping. Hope it earns it’s keep! Thanks for the input everyone.

-- ---Ross

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