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12-26-2017 03:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: compound miter saw sliding slider cms

This Christmas I have been given permission to get a new sliding CMS. The old Rigid CMS I have just doesn’t provide parts for the repairs i need to make. So, after 14 years, I guess it’s time to trade up.

So Lumberjocks, what is the best 12” sliding CMS out there? I don’t use it daily, but it is one of my most often used tools, next to my table saw. I’m not so worried about the new hot features as much as I am in getting a saw that is smooth and accurate. I’ve never owned a slider before, so you experiences will go a long way.

Thanks for any feedback you can provide!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#1 posted 12-26-2017 03:44 AM

Dwain: I have the Milwaukee 12” scms that I bought almost new from a pawn shop for $400 out the door. They

retail for~$700. I put a good Freud 80(?) tooth negative hook (that is key) blade on. It cuts nicely, and a I made a

mobile stand for it. I never paid much attention to the accuracy until a few months ago, then I checked it with a

Woodpeckers square. I do not get consistent dead nuts square cuts, there is minor blade runout ~1/32’ over

6” wide material, and I do not know why. Scms are known for this, no matter what brand, and are regarded as a

construction grade tool , and not a fine furniture tool. All the same, I like mine, and will keep it. I have no

experience with any other scms.

Regards, Tim.

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#2 posted 12-26-2017 05:20 AM

I’ve got the 10 in. Dewalt DW717 10-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw with the light kit and a 84 tooth freud blade and it cuts dead on. Paid about 450.00 for it. If I didn’t go with a dewalt it would be between bosch or Milwaukee. Both look real good, and are good from what I’ve heard. I’ve never needed a 12 in so haven’t ever owned one because of the blade cost. Regardless of what you buy you’ll have to put a good blade on it and spend some time setting it up. If it’s set up right and you take your time cutting the wood a slider will cut straight.

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#3 posted 12-26-2017 06:05 AM

Couldn’t be happier with my DWS780.

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

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#4 posted 12-26-2017 01:47 PM

We have used Dewalt 12” sliding compound miter saws in our shop for at least the last 17 years that I have been there, We have 4 or 5 of them, parts are easy to come by. In all that time I’ve only had to replace one.

Recently the installers bought a Festoll Kapex. They swear it is worth investment but at $1,500+ I’ll stick with Dewalt for my garage.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 12-26-2017 02:01 PM

I purchased a 10” Delta Cruzer a couple weeks back, and have liked it pretty well so far (I imagine my opinion will improve after I put a better blade on it, as well). My motive, though, was saving space in the rear. Out of the box, it was at most 0.3 degrees off of 90 on the bevel and miter cuts, and the adjustments were easy to make. I know it will never be as accurate as the 12” Dewalt non-slider it replaced, but I wanted the cross-cut capacity for making shelves easier. Also, the 10” and 12” are on sale at Lowe’s right now for $300 and $400, respectively.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#6 posted 12-26-2017 02:12 PM

Thanks all. I was looking at a 10” slider because I have a 12” Delta turret style radial arm saw I am using for cross cuts. I already have nice Freud blade with a negative hook that I bought a few years back when I had a Craftsman RAS. Anyway, I appreciate the feedback as I’ve never had a slider before.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#7 posted 12-26-2017 02:14 PM

I have the 12” Bosch axial glide and it also isn’t very accurate I’m getting between 1/32 to 1/16 deviation from front to back cuts. It is a nice saw, but I’ve tried squaring it up and it only seems to stay that way for a brief amount of time so I gave up and got a Dewalt GWI RAS and use that for my accurate crosscuts and use the Bosch for breaking down stuff.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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