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#1 posted 12-16-2018 04:56 PM

I haven’t used the cruzer or hitachi. I have the battery powered dewalt 12” SCMS which I love. Right out of the box it was accurate enough for me. I noticed it was slightly out of square to the table, honestly it wasn’t out enough to be a problem but I dialed it right in very easily. On the side, I build furniture, dining tables recently, and do finish carpentry install. I work full time for a company doing finish carpentry install as well and we recently traveled to Haiti to install in the LDS temple there. Power is an issue so my boss bought a couple dewalt 12 inch battery powered saws, the same one I have. Let me tell you, my boss is a festool junkie. He’s got a ton of festool tools and almost exclusively uses the festool kapex. However, he was really pleased with the saw. It has plenty of power and doesn’t bog down. The adjustments are straight forward and easy. My favorite feature is the shadow line. It acts like a laser, but there is a light that shines while you are cutting and it casts a shadow of the blade in your workpiece. It’s DEAD ON. Easy to see too. The only problem with it is it’s a 12” saw. That is also a bonus. It’s a problem because the 12” blades will deflect a little bit while cutting. its not a problem with the rails or sliding mechanism, just the blades. I suppose if you get a top notch blade you can minimize the issue. Also, cut close to your line, about a 1/16 of an inch, and then take another pass to cut right to your line. Taking of such a small amount of material in the second pass will be easier on the blade, which won’t cause it to deflect.

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