SCMS stand w/ folding wings #9: TLC for the SCMS

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Blog entry by Mainiac Matt posted 01-10-2014 02:45 PM 1183 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While waiting for Incra T-track plus to make my fence, I’m doing some maintenance on the SCMS itself.

I haven’t said much about this saw, so here’s a quick review…..

Milwaukee 6496 10” SCMS

I purchased this new in ‘96 from Woodworkers Whse, in a package deal with a stand for ~$400. Milwaukee chop saws and sliders were the king of the hill back then, as the only dual miter SCMS on the market, with the motor mounted high and belt drive, was the Hitachi, and it was a lot more expensive. This is b4 the day of the 12” DeWalt sliders, which took over the market several years later.

This saw has proven to be a real work horse. I was building a timber frame house at the time and I used the saw to cut and miter 32 oak 3×5 timbers for use as braces, and then used the saw to kerf out the lap joints (like a skinny dado). I made roof trusses and stair stringers, etc…. The miter lock mechanism is solid and the ball detents give very accurate and repeatable miter cuts. I also built a stick framed addition, a pole barn and a tree house with the saw, and have brought it out to dozens of job sites to help friends. I can’t count how many times it’s been left set up out in the rain, with a plastic bag over the head.

I went on to purchase a nice 60 tooth ATB blade and have done all the cuts for our stained pine trim. The cuts are very smooth, so I’m even using it for finish cuts on my furniture projects.

Some time along the way, the electric brake stopped working 100% of the time, and eventually degraded to seldom working at all. Then a few months ago, after 17 years of service, the saw “ghost started” twice on me, while I was at the other end of my shop.

Even though blowing out the switch with air seemed to solve the “ghost starting” problem, I decided this faithful friend rated some TLC and ordered a new switch, and, even though they were only ~ 1/4 worn, I ordered new brushes as well (why pay shipping twice?)

So last night I gave the saw a thorough vacuuming and blew out the motor housing, and replaced the switch and brushes. Low and behold…. the electric brake works like new again.

There are some very nice chop and sliders on the market these days…. but with this saw cranking along so reliably and giving great cuts, I can’t justify the $ to upgrade. So I’m building this stand and committing to use it as my primary means of cross cutting lumber.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#1 posted 01-10-2014 03:04 PM

Great, detailed review. You’re certainly getting your money’s worth out of the machine.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 03:11 PM

Great review Matt.
That saw has served you well.
I have a Mikita that I just finished putting some TLC into and I’m glad I didn’t go out & buy a new one.
Thanks for sharing your info.

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 04:30 PM

Since the saw is from the “90’s”....
Are the tunes in the shop also from the “90’s”, or perhaps the “70’s”, “80’s”???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 05:06 PM

Mostly listen to my contemporary Christian play list Randy, but do have a couple good classic rock, and psycadelic 60s channel on Pandora when I’m in a nostalgic mood.

I copied this over to the review section, realizing it was more appropriate there.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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