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10-01-2020 01:58 PM

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Hi All. Just moved into a house recently and have plenty of new projects to keep me busy for a while…planter boxes, pentagonal tree bench, new workbench for the garage with drawers and cabinets, etc.

I’ve got a tiny garage shop space, so I’m trying to look for smaller portable tools where possible. My thinking is that if I get a contractor table saw (perhaps the Bosch 4100XC-10) and supplement that with a small 8-1/2” sliding miter saw, that should cover everything I’ll realistically need to do. Does that seem reasonable? I know I can’t cut a 4×4 on the miter saw, but if I’m using a 4x I most likely need just a rough cut and I’ll make due with a circular saw or a couple passes with the miter saw.

That said, I’m considering the Bosch CM8S or the Makita LS0815F. Would love to hear recommendations on which one to go with. Any other thoughts would be appreciated, as well.

Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 10-01-2020 02:28 PM

I would also be looking at 10” non-sliding saws. The size penalty is pretty small, but they weigh less, they cost less, and with fewer moving parts are often more accurate.

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#2 posted 10-01-2020 03:32 PM

This one may be worth considering if storage is a concern.

I had an 8 1/2” slider by DeWalt and quite liked it. It was really weight and accuracy that concerned me and I had a bigger 12” non-slider too. They weighed close to the same and were about equally bulky and awkward to move around.

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#3 posted 10-01-2020 04:26 PM

Loren, do you have experience with that saw? Looks pretty cool

Deker, I have the Dewalt 7485 table saw. It is excellent and very small. I wouldn’t hesitate to look at their 7.25” slider.

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#4 posted 10-01-2020 04:32 PM

The only problem with smaller miter saws, is you will have to use the bevel function on boards over certain height can’t be stood against the fence. That’s a little harder to do.

I experienced this recently with a 10” miter cutting 4 1/4” baseboard.

That said, the saw was a Metabo 10” non slider (used to be Hitachi). IMO for $130 you can’t beat it. My biggest knock is the dust collection is pretty much non existent.

A 12” miter saw will be the best choice IMO. Check out the Rousseau miter saw shroud.

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#5 posted 10-01-2020 05:37 PM


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#6 posted 10-02-2020 04:39 AM

Loren: Haven’t seen that one before, but that’s pretty slick how it folds up. Glad to hear your thoughts on a smaller slider. I’ve gotten the impression from others that the smallest they would go is 10”, but with a slider I’m not sure of the drawback to an 8-1/2”. Robert’s point is well-taken, but I can spend a little more time to cut on the flat if needed since I’m just a hobbyist. Then again, perhaps I’m being naïve…

Thanks everyone for your thoughts.

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#7 posted 10-02-2020 05:23 AM

If your concerned with space, the sliding miter saw takes more space verses the 12” miter chop saw. I have 12” miter chop saw because the sliding miter saw would stick out too far from the wall.

There’s quite a few people started with using benchtop table saws and other benchtop tools with good results. Some have incorporated the benchtop equipment into their work benches and cabinets. Quite a few have put their stuff on casters so they can roll the tools out, use the tool, and roll them back out of the way. If you click on the ‘Shops’ tab on top of the page, you can browse through some of the LJ’s “shops” to check how some have set up their spaces. This video may give you some ideas to a small shop layout

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#8 posted 10-02-2020 12:02 PM

The biggest sliding miter saw isn’t really that big to me but each to his own. The first time your saw size stops you from making a cut, you’ll wish for another one in its place. Just sayin’…

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#9 posted 10-02-2020 05:23 PM

Not sure what your size constraints are: Just measured my 12-inch DeWalt DWS716 – it’s 22” wide by 30” deep, including measuring the dust bag. If you swap that for a connection to a DC it drops to 23” deep. I haven’t run into much that it can’t handle.

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