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Forum topic by LDO2802 posted 05-02-2017 08:11 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-02-2017 08:11 PM

Hello, this is just seeking opinions from all the crusty veteran woodworkers on here. I have a table saw and a bandsaw that I have had for awhile, but recently I just received the Dewalt DW779 Dual Bevel Compound Sliding Miter Saw. In your opinion what are the thoughts on what works better on the miter saw and what should stay on the table saw?

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#1 posted 05-02-2017 08:23 PM

Longer and thicker pieces are easier to cut with a miter saw than a table saw. Think table legs and fireplace mantles.

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#2 posted 05-02-2017 08:24 PM

I will be building a mantle soon, so that is good advice! I need to build the wings on the side to support longer projects, but that is simple.

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 08:58 PM

A good table saw has more robust underpinnings, and potential for better accuracy with a sled or good miter gauge on all be very long pieces. A miter saw can be accurate, but is more dependent on user input due to the nature of how the mechanism works…..definitely best for longer pieces like molding.

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 09:55 PM

I seldom cross cut on my table saw. I use a miter saw for that. I keep a rip blade, (low teeth count) in my table saw.

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 10:12 PM

I have the saw and its great cuts square out of the box and two years later still have not adjusted anything on it

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#6 posted 05-02-2017 10:44 PM

Ever since I upgraded my table saw to a hybrid unit, I haven’t used my sliding miter saw at all. It’s now stored in the basement. Any long pieces I cut with a circular saw or hand saw, any small crosscuts or precision work is done with a crosscut sled on my table saw.

I don’t have to cut a lot of compound angles for many projects, and I could set them up on the table saw if I had to. The only reason I see to get the miter saw back out in the future is when I have to install crown moulding in a few rooms of the house, someday.

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#7 posted 05-03-2017 01:19 AM

I have the Bosch 12 inch GCM12SD miter saw and it is quite nice and is accurate for many applications. If I am building high accuracy items like furniture, picture frames or boxes, I much prefer using my table saw with a good crosscut blade and a crosscut or miter sled. Overall, it is just more consistent and accurate.

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