Miters - Tablesaw vs SLCMS

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Forum topic by Bohaiboy posted 11-09-2017 08:06 PM 585 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2017 08:06 PM

WSHich do you prefer for accuracy? I have a 2” wide x 3/4” thick board. My SLCMS is dead square at 90 but out 0.1 -0.2 degrees on my 45’s. TIA

-- Tim, Houston, TX area

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#1 posted 11-09-2017 08:17 PM

It’s possible to get good results with both, but a quality TS has a more substantial structure. With a good miter gauge or miter sled, a good TS is tough to beat.

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#2 posted 11-09-2017 08:37 PM

A SCMS has too many parts that can go out of alignment. A TS is much more rigid.

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#3 posted 11-09-2017 08:45 PM

Table saws are good, if you have a good miter gauge or use a good sled and make a good 45 deg jig. (lots of variables)

I use a 15” Hitachi Chop Saw, I prefer it for miters.
It has good clamps that lock it in tight, and accuracy is excellent.

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#4 posted 11-09-2017 08:50 PM

It depends how long the pieces are if the board is 8 ft long I use the miter saw. Both cut good for me.

-- Aj

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#5 posted 11-09-2017 08:54 PM

My vote is table saw for accuracy on anything shorter than 4 ft or so, longer boards get tough to handle unless you’ve got a really big sled. There are quite a few non-sliding miter saws that can be pretty accurate as well but only the top of the line sliders are good enough for accurate woodworking. I only use my slider for rough length cuts and framing type work.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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