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Forum topic by nmssis posted 11-19-2019 07:13 AM 652 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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nmssis

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11-19-2019 07:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: power tools question miter saw small shop

Again, thanks for the wisdom of the members of this site…for I am in need of advice on choosing a Miter Saw.

I’m a noobie n that said, what practical advantages and disadvantages are there between Single Bevel vs Dual Bevel Miter Saws. Margins on the prices seem to jump alot.

Thanks, again!

-- Learn something new everyday!


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#1 posted 11-19-2019 07:58 AM

No real disadvantage to a dual bevel with saw. In 15 years since I bought my dual bevel saw the only time I’ve used the dual bevel is when my wife wanted crown molding throughout the house. But, couldn’t have done it without it. The disadvantage of a single bevel saw (chop saw) is you don’t have the ability to cut dual bevels. :-). What do you plan on doing with it?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 11-19-2019 09:37 AM

Have a 12” Dewalt dual bevel.Used it recently for a crown molding project in the house and used on other projects as well. Sits in my shop and I use to break down long pieces. What is your plan for it?.Some folks like the sliding miter saws..

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 11-19-2019 10:28 AM

Iv’e had my Dewalt 12” 705 for 12+ years. You can get a dewalt 12” on CL just about every day. People buy them to put up crown then don’t need the saw anymore.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 11-19-2019 10:40 AM

I wish I had gotten a sliding miter saw. Of course that causes the saw to to be placed further from the wall unless you get the fancy one with the dual folding arms. I have the dual bevel but have never needed it. I can cut any 90 deg crown molding on a single bevel saw but have never had to do any other odd angles. Due to space limitations I am one week into placing my miter saw & jobsite stand in storage and using table saw for cuts. Sure has been nice to not be tripping over stuff or moving a tool to get to a tool. So far so good.

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#5 posted 11-19-2019 11:16 AM

dual bevel i rarely use…now a slider i probably couldn’t do without..10 inch saw should cover about everything if just doing projects around the house…there are a lot of saws to choose from, just have to think about what you will mainly be using it for and how often then go from there, no sense in buying a high priced saw then not using it much or not using the features of the saw much

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nmssis

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#6 posted 11-19-2019 12:19 PM

Thanks for all the feedback.

I won’t be doing any crown moldings or baseboards. recently, I did some frames making, small woodworking projects n such. limitations of space and possibly allocating my funds for other more needed tools is a major consideration.

guess I’m trying to avoid any situation of “buyer’s remorse” lol….

-- Learn something new everyday!

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#7 posted 11-19-2019 03:06 PM

I will let you know how it goes but after buying a better quality (but not on the level of incra) miter gauge I am happy with my table saw now. I plan on building a miter sled for more precise 45’s and a shooting board for fine tuning. I think I have more fun building old school jigs and sleds than anything else right now.

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#8 posted 11-19-2019 03:07 PM

IMHO, dual bevel saws are most useful when doing compound miters such as roof framing or crown molding. If not doing a lot of compound miters, then a single bevel should serve just fine. For most of what you describe, I would use the miter function of the saw only, not the bevel function, anyways.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#9 posted 11-19-2019 06:20 PM

I only had a single bevel MS in my shop. Stupid simple 10” DW with good blades. So far it has done all I’ve needed.
Many have said that the sliders are not as accurate. I have seen them with a lot of slop.

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#10 posted 11-19-2019 07:23 PM

The older DW 708 slider like have is accurate. I think the older the more stable….

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nmssis

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#11 posted 11-19-2019 10:05 PM



The older DW 708 slider like have is accurate. I think the older the more stable….

- JackDuren

woah, what is that yer makin??? My wife saw that n asked…if i tell her what it is then that be the grease that slides a miter saw into my home shop with ease…lol!

-- Learn something new everyday!

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nmssis

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#12 posted 11-19-2019 10:06 PM

I so much appreciate all of your feedback…it’s been great help. Thanks all!!

-- Learn something new everyday!

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#13 posted 11-20-2019 01:25 AM

One of the poker table bases I make…

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#14 posted 11-20-2019 01:30 AM

Jack, that’s fantastic.

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#15 posted 11-20-2019 02:10 AM

Thanks.. I have one poker table left in me to build and will be for myself. I started with red oak but I got so much walnut that I think I will make the change to walnut,sapele and maple…

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