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Posted on Bosch GCM12SD vs. Dewalt DWS780

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#1 posted 05-28-2018 05:52 PM

Bosch .vs. Dewalt when concerned about space in shop: Buy the Bosch.

+1 for Brian’s comment: Miter saw is a rough cutting tool.

IMHO – you might end up being disappointed you sold the radial arm saw?
I regret my decision many days. Did same thing: traded my 40 year old 12” Dewalt radial arm saw for new 12” miter saw. I did not save tremendous amount of space. After the swap was done, figured out I traded roughly 12” x 24” of floor space for about 10” loss in cross cut capacity (radial arm saw head protruded out 10” further from wall).

I use miter saw fairly often, and built a rolling cart for it to avoid constant set up tear down for every use. Even my wife was curious why I bought a new tool to supposedly save space, and when placed on a cart is almost same size as radial arm saw station used to roll around shop. :(

My problem with miter saw floor space is depth for dust collection. Need to add a box and ducting behind saw to collect dust. My radial arm saw had a box that sat within base with a port that dropped down next to the back post, and did a better job catching dust than my results on either miter saw so far (cross cuts only, angles they both stink at dust collection).

Ha, perfect example of what I was trying to share was just posted. Look at pictures in this thread:

Especially the images of miter saw and radial arm saw side by side in post #5.
Miter saws required a large foot print for any fixed mounting in shop.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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