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Posted on Is Miter Saw accuracy a myth?

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#1 posted 01-17-2017 02:09 AM

Well, I can’t give you much varied experience as both miter saw I’ve had have been Dewalts (12” slider and 12” non-slider). But I liked both of them and felt their accuracy was more than adequate once properly checked and adjusted if needed.

I kept both of them on a higher shelf for storage and I know they got banged a little getting them down and putting them back up and I never had any trouble with overall alignment.

I can tell you the slider can be deflected a tiny bit when the slide is extended out a ways if you put some force on it, but from playing with other sliders in the same kind of $400-600 price range that was true of all of them, even the Bosch folding arm one. Now whether 1/100th of an inch deflection is critical to your work is maybe the question to ask.

When locked down in the back position, the slider is as stable as the non-slider i had and accuracy was plenty good for anything I wanted to do.

Unless you absolutely need a slider, the Dewalt 716 would be my recommendation based on my personal experience.


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