Buying miter saw. All HD floor models have upper fence that isn’t flush. Help

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Forum topic by kpotts posted 02-04-2019 01:21 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2019 01:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw fence extensions lean not flush

So, I’m in the market for my first miter saw. I originally bought a Ridgid r4210 10” slider but I had to return it. The upper fence extensions “leaned” back and were not flush with the lower fence, even when they were fully tightened down in and in the base configuration. I really loved the saw, otherwise. I used a speed square to test the upper fences of every floor model of miter saw at Home Depot and even the most expensive saw (dewalt dws780) had upper fences that were slightly out of line with regard to the lower fence. It seems like this would be problematic with regard to the cutting accuracy involving taller stock like vertical trim and 4×4s, as well as a safety concern. Wouldn’t larger lumber be unstable and rock back during a cut if the upper fence was further back than the lower? Is this upper fence “ lean” a normal thing for modern miter saws? What should I do?

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#1 posted 02-04-2019 02:11 PM

As far as I can tell the only reason to have an upper portion of the fence is for doing crown moulding.

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