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Forum topic by Ben posted 11-26-2016 11:36 PM 1532 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-26-2016 11:36 PM

Been endlessly researching, reading reviews on Amazon.

Seems the only 4+ star reviewed saws, with over 100 reviews, are several of the Dewalts and a few of the big boy 12” Bosch saws.

My last saw was Hitachi C10 FSH, 10” dual bevel slider. I beat the hell out of it for 10 years. Love it and would buy it again in a second but it’s discontinued.

I came across the Bosch CM8S – looks really sweet. I love the portability factor, as I am primarily an on-site carpenter.
However, I’m concerned that it only has single bevel, to the left. I recall frequently using both bevels on my old saw.

Is this just a matter of getting used to running the boards from the right side to cut long-point bevels face up?

And seems like cutting crown molding is pretty much out of the question, especially on the flat, eh?

If not this, I’ll probably get a Dewalt.

Thanks guys.

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#1 posted 11-26-2016 11:43 PM

Brand new Dewalt 12-inch for $250 still in the box.
Used one for $110...


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#2 posted 11-26-2016 11:44 PM

I think what I may do is get the CM8S for job site, and get a 10 or 12” dual bevel for the shop.

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#3 posted 11-27-2016 02:34 AM

Love my 717 10 inch dual bevel with led. Had it 2 years, would absolutely buy it again

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#4 posted 11-27-2016 03:02 AM

I think what I may do is get the CM8S for job site, and get a 10 or 12” dual bevel for the shop.

My primary issue with a 12” saw is that I already have a stack of 10” blades and see little value in creating a whole new collection. There is almost nothing in my work (jobsite or shop) that a 10” won’t cut and a 12” will.

Big crown is not common in my region (and is best coped anyway).

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 03:04 AM


I may be unqualified to answer your question since I am not a contractor nor do I own a mitre saw. However I have used both the dual bevel and single bevel saws. If I were to purchase a mitre saw for my shop, there is no doubt it would be dual bevel.

When I was shopping for a mitre saw as a gift for my kid, dual bevel capability was one of my requirements. Sure a single bevel would have worked, but it takes extra planning and it seems to me the single bevel saw invites mistakes that waste material. These are two things that are probably best avoided by a pro since time is money. Anyway, I felt the dual bevel saw made for straightforward approaches to all cuts and thus was the better saw for my son.

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#6 posted 11-27-2016 07:37 AM

I have Two DeWalt 12” sliders, one 12” dewalt double bevel non slider & an old 90’s 12” single bevel dewalt I bought new 17 years ago that I can’t kill, its now a dedicated firewood trimmer. For me 12” all the way, I come across stuff at the worksite some guys can not cut with their 10” saw because it bottoms out on the arbor nut (I got to pull mine out) the 12” works great. Also the slider can cut wider pieces over a certain width at a 45* angle a non slider can not do. In my experience the 12” dewalt slider is the best, than its the dewalt 12” double bevel….But thats just me & my experience which has been a great one with Dewalt.

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