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Forum topic by gmaffPappy posted 03-30-2019 02:10 PM 1183 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2019 02:10 PM

If price, space, and dust collection were of absolutely ZERO concern, which Saw, Brand, and Model would you get and why?

Chop, Miter, or Compound Miter – Sliding or not Sliding? Maybe you’d just stick with your beloved Table Saw and Crosscut Jig?

What would you love to use it for? What headache would it cure?

The sky’s the limit! What’s your dream?

-- If it's easy to do, you haven't spent enough time over engineering it.

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#1 posted 03-30-2019 02:59 PM

I would go with a DeWalt or other good brand of CMS (not a slider) and an old DeWalt radial arm saw. SCMS’s have 3 to 4 times more flex than a CMS or good RAS (I measured it). If a SCMS or CMS will do the job at hand, it might be my go-to saw. If I wanted more accuracy or had a larger board that would fit on your RAS table better, I would go to the radial arm saw. People that say a miter saw is as accurate as a radial arm saw need to qualify their statement. That might be true if it was a narrow cut or a cheap radial arm saw being compared. Often there is overlap in tool capabilities. If a good table saw can be used for the job, it will have less flex than a RAS or miter saw.

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#2 posted 03-30-2019 03:03 PM

Dewalt 799 with a 96T negative hook blade on a heavy duty Harbor Freight mitre saw stand. Bought it all with coupons and discounts for my birthday last month.

-- Eric

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#3 posted 03-30-2019 03:24 PM

If you want a slider, the discontinued DeWalt 799 is a great bang for the buck right now. Still available in many stores.

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#4 posted 03-30-2019 03:37 PM

I have the Dewalt double bevel slider and love it.

-- Michael Dilday, Suffolk, Va.

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#5 posted 03-30-2019 06:48 PM

Bosch glide 12inch

-- Aj

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#6 posted 03-30-2019 07:37 PM

I also have the Bosch glide 12 and it’s been fine for me so far. Getting ready to set it up as a chopper for my wife to do picture frames (just for us), and am going to lock down the glide, anchor the saw to a built-in stand with laminate bench top extensions on either side (10’ on one side and 12’ on the other side), and put the thickest high tooth count blade I can find on it for minimal blade flex (probably the Forrest Chopmaster).

-- Pete -- Bark less, Wag more, and SHOW COMPASSION to everyone you meet.

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#7 posted 03-30-2019 08:27 PM

I have a hitachi 10 in sdbcm saw and an old craftsman radial arm saw. The hitachi goes to jobsights and the craftsman is a good saw in the shop. Neither one is my dream but i had a 12 in miter saw and thought gee every other saw i got is 10 in why am i buying very expensive blades for 1 jobsight saw? I can swap bldes between 2 tablesaws a radial arm and my hitachi. Makes more sense to me.

-- Who is we and where is here? - bullwinkle

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#8 posted 03-30-2019 08:48 PM

I have mine: the Bosch 12” glider. I am so impressed every tie i use it. My old Dewalt compound miter (no-sliding) is a great saw to have sitting on the floor, ready to take to other places I might work.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#9 posted 03-30-2019 09:11 PM

Bridge City Jointmaker Pro

Clean, accurate and precise joints with almost no noise. I’ve lusted after it since they came out, but price and space are a problem. I can save up for the $$, can’t make the shop bigger as easily.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#10 posted 03-31-2019 03:51 AM

The saw I have: Bosch 12” glide

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 03-31-2019 04:25 AM

This is mine….DeWalt DWS779…..! I like everything about it…..12” slider…..!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#12 posted 03-31-2019 09:36 AM

....An image is worth a thousand words…

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#13 posted 03-31-2019 01:53 PM

My Bosch 12” glider. I had a Mikita 12” SCMS for years and constantly struggled with getting repeatable cuts/angles. I am constantly impressed with the accuracy of the Bosch. I use a Forrest 12” Chopmaster blade and have it sharpened by Forrest.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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#14 posted 03-31-2019 02:55 PM

....An image is worth a thousand words…

- Francisco Luna

Yup, that’s my dream saw.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#15 posted 03-31-2019 06:07 PM

....An image is worth a thousand words…
- Francisco Luna

Yup, that’s my dream saw.
- RobS888

I dream of being able to buy that saw, too. And then going to get the Bosch 12” and having $800 left over to play with. ;-D And I admit that I cannot fully bury my practical, logical mentality.

I don’t really dream about how much i can spend, but rather what i can do to optimize my gear, space, and overall enjoyment.

I think the underlying answers for such optimizing hinge on how you plan to do your work. For me, having a great miter saw is a super nice convenience, and it is really nice to have one set up for easy use, but the table saw is the real heart of the whole machine woodworking setup.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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