Setting Bevel Stop With Angle Cube?

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Forum topic by AlexNewb posted 07-23-2018 07:13 PM 425 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2018 07:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: angle cube zero bevel stop adjustment miter saw bosch miter stop fine tuning fine tune tune up

Hey guys, first time poster here. I’ve been acquiring basic dimensioning power tools in preparation for moving into my new shop. I’m super fortunate to have a really nice existing workbench and miter saw station in my girlfriend and I’s first house. I picked up the DeWalt 10” table saw and I like it from what little I’ve used it. I decided to splurge and picked up the 12” Bosch sliding miter saw. At the store I was apprehensive because I saw that the box had been opened on one side, I asked the guy working if he could get me an unopened one, but he gave me some bs about how he’d have to shut down the aisle and it would take “awhile” Translation: I don’t want to do my job. Anyway, I got it home and I’m fairly sure it had been returned, the bevel lock lever was already installed while the directions said it should have come in pieces to be installed by the purchaser. It has never been used from looking at it though. The 90° miter stop, which I will probably never move, appears to be pretty dead on. I’m hoping whoever returned it just bought it and decided to take it back. To the point though, the 0° bevel stop appears to be a bit off. The bevel stop pointer also reads about -1° when the saw is locked at what is supposed to be zero, it is adjustable though, does anyone know if that’s how it comes? I’ve seen people use angle cubes for super accurate table saw blade zeroing. I did research on doing the same with a miter saw, but I came up empty. Is there some intrinsic reason why this couldn’t be done? Any advice and input would be greatly appreciated to help soothe my ocd. Thanks in advance and I’m happy to be apart of the community!

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#1 posted 07-23-2018 07:18 PM

New, used, anything you can think of.… should be set/reset before use. I use plain old drafting squares. Just don’t trust the “thingys” that tell me something.
Set is and recheck every so often just to be sure.

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#2 posted 07-23-2018 07:54 PM

The $4 plastic speed squares you can get at any big box or hardware store are pretty well dead on 90 degrees, if you need something to square the saw. Angle cubes are fine too – they’re plenty accurate for this purpose.

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#3 posted 07-23-2018 08:30 PM

You spent a lot of money on that saw. I see no reason why you should be stuck with a returned item. I’d head back to the store and talk to the manager. Either you should get a new in the box saw, or a discount on that one.

Any miter saw fresh out of the box is going to require setup, and the manual will walk you through that. I’m sure there are several videos as well, since “unboxing” videos are a favorite on youtube.

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#4 posted 07-24-2018 01:33 PM

I’m with Rich, actually. If it were me, I’d want 20% off the returned one or a new one. If they don’t want to actually, you know, do their job and fetch one from the top shelf, then screw it, return it, and go buy one somewhere else. Not like there aren’t plenty of places to buy from.

I’d also think seriously about a non-sliding 12” saw. That’s what I have. The sliding mechanism introduces a lot of slop into cuts, and it can be difficult to dial it in so you get completely square cuts. They’re also a hell of a lot less expensive. If you need to crosscut wider boards, use a table saw or circular saw, depending on the need.

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