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06-22-2017 12:48 AM

I am looking to purchase a compound miter saw. I have narrowed it down to the Bosch 10” glider, Makita ls1216l, and Dewalt sw708. I REALY LIKE!!!!! the idea of the Bosch design but am leery of some of the issues reviewers have had with the accuracy although by far there are more positive reviews and satisfied owners than negative. I think the Makita is the strong second based on reviews and Dewalt would be third choice also based on reviews and features.

I would like to here what you think ??

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#1 posted 06-22-2017 01:04 AM

I had a couple of older DeWalt’s and was pleased
with them. These days it seems there are
substantive complaints from cabinetmakers
about every brand of slider out there.

Dewalt has moved production from Italy
to Mexico, for example, often phasing out
the Italian tool in the process and introducing
a new Mexico-made model. I don’t mind
which country a saw is made in too much
but I never had any complaints with the
older Dewalts.

I would say choose from what you can get
locally and carefully inspect the tool you
get. Either that or buy from a mail order
dealer with a very friendly return policy.

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#2 posted 06-22-2017 01:22 AM

I have an older Makita LS1013 that I bought about ten years ago that has performed very well for me. Bosch and DeWalt make great tools too, and I’m sure you’ll hear good things about them as well. Particularly the Bosch seems to have a strong following on here.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 06-22-2017 01:43 AM

I bought a Makita 12” back in ‘96. It was the first 12’ model sliding compound. The angle stops totally suck. I have to use a Wixey and every trick I have learned to set the angles. Hopefully they have improved since than. When this one dies I’ll do a lot of research before I shell out my money.

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#4 posted 06-22-2017 02:03 AM

I went through the same decision process and I just got the Bosch CM10GD. I think it just has better features than the other 10 inch sliding miter saws. I am waiting for the gravity rise stand to arrive, so I can give it a try. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of your 3 choices. I just liked the Bosch the best.

-- Earl

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#5 posted 06-22-2017 05:30 AM

I just bought a Dewalt 12in sliding miter saw about 3 months ago and love it. My personal preference is naturally Makita, but you can get the Dewalt on eBay for $350, vs. approximately $550 for the Makita. For me, the $200 difference was worth it for the saw. I have already used it to the max depth of cut the saw can take on hardwood, and the motor doesn’t bog down like my prior Harbor Freight did. In my opinion, if $$$ isn’t a problem, go with the Makita. However, for a little less I would say the Dewalt is well worth the price! Just my two cents worth…

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#6 posted 06-22-2017 02:56 PM

I do not use a slider, but I have used the Festool a friend has. Nice piece of equipment, works very well and smoothly slides. That being said $1500 USD is way out of my budget. Maybe a used one for say $500 I would jump on. Really depends on what you use the CMS for. Myself I use it to rough cut lumber for outside projects or longer boards that using the tablesaw would be more of a chore to do with my limited use right arm.

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#7 posted 06-23-2017 02:12 AM

Loving my Bosch so far. I added a coated blade and a laser.

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#8 posted 06-23-2017 12:45 PM

I am looking to purchase a compound miter saw. I have narrowed it down to the Bosch 10” glider, Makita ls1216l, and Dewalt sw708.

I would like to here what you think ??

- gunsrocke

You’ve narrowed it down to a 10” and two 12” saws. What exactly are your requirements/plans for the tool? I’ve read some good things about the Jet and the Hitachi saws as well.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#9 posted 06-23-2017 01:06 PM

I have had the Dewalt for better part of a year. Once you put a good blade on, it’s great. Can’t compare other than that I’ve had non sliding Dewalts and no issues with them either. Reviews led to me settle on Dewalt. Bosch seemed to have issues with too many moving parts that allowed for non square cuts. Makita was my second choice. Festool, too much money for miter.

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#10 posted 06-23-2017 01:14 PM

I just got the Dewalt DWX779, 12” $399.
Same as DWX790 without XPS light @ $599.
Love it. couldn’t ask for more, do need a good blade, the one with it is good for 2×4’s.
Also can add XPS light for $60. just buy the parts for it.
Also if you get DWX790 or other make sure on the motor it says type 20 , has the better slider that isnt sticky.
All DWX779’s I saw were type 20


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#11 posted 06-23-2017 01:36 PM

My main purpose is to build furniture and second to use for sheds (specifically roof pitch). Lots of people have praised the Bosch but I several people have had alignment issues and I don’t want the trouble involved w a tool that may be good or bad. I have looked at Hitachi also and the reviews are VERY GOOD there are a lot of happy people and the quality/features and price seem pretty good. I am basically stuck between Bosch (for the space and style) and the Makita. I like the cut capacity of the 12” Makita although I doubt I would use it often and the 10” is $130 less but not a deal breaker.

Ben, have you had any issues with arm, blade, path alignment with your Bosch? are you getting accurate repeat cuts?

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#12 posted 06-23-2017 02:05 PM

I have both a 10 inch and a 12 inch Hitachi SCMS. I like them.

You can get one very reasonable at They have them reconditioned. Their grade A reconditioned tools are indistinguishable from new. I’ve bought a lot of tools from them and never been disappointed.

My primary use for the SCMS is cutting lumber to rough length and the occasional framing miter.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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