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03-23-2016 05:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw cm10gd ls1016 dw717 scms

I am planning to purchase a 10 inch sliding compound miter saw, and I think I have narrowed it down to the Dewalt 717, Bosch CM10GD, and Makita LS1016 (in no particular order). This is for home use woodworking, and accuracy is the most important factor. The Kapex is nice but over twice my budget. I would really like an easy to use depth setting so that I can cut grooves when necessary. I do not have space for a tablesaw right now, so I will only be making dado cuts with a router or with this miter saw (grooves and cleaning up with a chisel). What experiences do you have that would push me towards or away from any of these miter saws?

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#1 posted 03-23-2016 11:30 PM

Check the comparison made by Fine WW last year. They selected Bosch. Best for “furniture makers”.

But it was for 12”

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#2 posted 03-23-2016 11:56 PM

I have two 12” sliders. A DeWalt and a Bosch. Both work well . I have the ten year old DeWalt under my bench and use the new Bosch glider.

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 12:36 AM

My experience with miter saws (and I have only used a few) says that these tools aren’t good for grooves. You’d have to fiddle with the depth adjustment, and then you would not get the full depth of the groove all the way across the board. That’s because the lowest point on the blade (directly under the arbor shaft) doesn’t go all the way to the fence. The only way I can see it working would be to use an auxiliary fence to move the material out far enough that the full depth of the blade (whatever depth you’ve set) goes all the way to the edge of the board.

The RAS typically has its fence located so the blade makes full depth cut all the way (bottom of the cutting arc goes as far as the fence). Therefore a RAS works for cutting grooves across a board.

Don’t know whether I’ve made this clear, and maybe there are other SCMS that do allow grooves clear across the board. Mine currently is a 10” Hitachi dual bevel slider.

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 10:51 PM

If space in an issue, I would definitely consider the Bosch. I don’t own one but the articulating arm allows it to sit up against the wall without needing room behind it for the sliding action.

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#5 posted 03-24-2016 11:26 PM

I have the bosch 12 inch radial arm slider. I love that saw! easy adjustment, smooth operation and great capacity. That said I would not ever use it for cutting groves, mainly for the reasons cited above by runswithscissors. Use your router for dadoes and rabbets and stick to crosscuts and miters for the mitersaw, whichever model you choose.

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#6 posted 03-24-2016 11:53 PM

I am now leaning towards a factory recondition bosch 12 inch axial glide arm saw. It would be cheaper than a new 10 inch cm10gd, and allow for a little more capacity. I will likely not use it much for dadoes or rabbets, but I will really enjoy being able to crosscut more easily.

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