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02-23-2015 01:49 AM

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I’m considering selling my 12” sliding compound miter saw . I have an older Pro Tech 12” compound miter saw that was a workhorse and still good. I’m not doing any more construction.

Just built a table saw sled and I’m considering building one for miter work.

My goal is to open up more shop space as it’s becoming smaller with each new power tool. LOL!

Wondering; How ofter do my fellow LJ’s use theirs and for what purposes. Ever been in a shrinking shop? LOL!

All comments welcome.

Tom aka/DocSAvage45

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 02:05 AM

Hi Tom, wish I lived closer I have a 10” SCM saw, would prefer the 12”. I also have the mitre sled for the table saw, I wouldn’t be without either, but saying that the SCM sits under my bench and I pull it out when needed, so it is not taking up work space, which I haven’t got, to dedicate to a mitre station.

I might go weeks without using it, and then use it every day for a project. To be honest I use it more for 90° cuts, squaring up timber before use, and cutting to length, I find it far easier to use it for that, than struggling with the table saw, especially with long timbers.

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 02:11 AM

I just used mine this evening. I have a 10” SCM and used it for cutting some long 9” boards for a shelf unit. I suppose I could have done it on my TS, but far prefer the SCM. I like the idea of stashing it if space is at a premium.

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 02:36 AM

I wouldn’t part with mine. Definitely one of my main tools.

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 02:49 AM

I don’t have a slider but i have a 12 inch miter saw,its been sitting under a bench for 2 years now. I do what I can on the table saw with a sled, but I also have an old stanley 150 miter box set up on a bench which does my 90 & 45 ’s when needed.It’s a small box with an Atkins 22 inch saw, I was going to park it out of the way when not needed but Unless I need the room for a project it is now staying. Very nice for a quiet quick cut without saw dust flying all over the place.The only time I will be using the chop saw is for construction around the house at the site of the work.

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 03:08 AM

Thanks for your input. Just read my statement. I have 2 saws. LOL!

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 03:23 AM

I wouldn’t part with mine either. Often times, I buy material in 4/4 rough stock. Then, I used the miter saw to cut the pieces into manageable sizes so I can get on with the milling,

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 03:38 AM

I use mine quite a bit in the shop situation. Crosscuts, squaring up boards, repetitive cuts that absolutely have to be the same. Sometimes I’ll use it to set another tool to a specific angle by cutting a board at the desired degrees of miter and then use that board to setup another tool, table saw, drill press, etc.
I also use it on every job where I’m doing the trim package. Sometimes I’ll even use it like a RAS if I’m doing a wood frame job for a buddy or kinfolk. I’ve even use it to cut the necessary miters for framing timber roof trusses.

Mine is a portable unit. A 12” dual compound. I have two versions, One with wood wings that I use for most jobs, they’re only 8’ long and fit in the back of the truck. And some 12’ wings that are made from aluminum commercial door jambs that I use for longer stock, usually when I have to cut a lot of 16’ material or precut 10 or 12 foot wood studs for framing.

Here’s the short version;

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 03:57 AM

Hey Doc, I have the same problem on the shrinking shop thing. The wife says its a woodworkers epidemic. she bought me a 12 inch two years ago to replace my aging radial arm saw. Well that didn’t happen. i just couldn’t part with the old Dewalt ras although its delegated to just cut off duties now. Its been in the family to long to get rid of. I am amazed how much I don’t use the new saw though. I haven’t gotten around to making a stand for it yet and when I do I think I will use it more. Dust collection is an issue with it as well.

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#9 posted 02-23-2015 04:07 AM


Love to use them when doing construction of buildings or fences and even cutting logs to line the parking area. I’m thinking about moving the hand held power tools from under the bench. [email protected] inch is a bit of a beast. LOL!

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#10 posted 02-23-2015 04:08 AM


Dust is definitely an issue.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 04:10 AM


A ten inch might fit my shop a little better.

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 04:14 AM

Cross cutting long stock on a TS sled is not my idea of fun… My 10” slider is one of my main tools, so I made a home for it.

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#13 posted 02-23-2015 04:29 AM


I do plan on milling this spring. I think your comment saved it from Craigs list. And under the bench it goes.

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#14 posted 02-23-2015 04:38 AM

Hello Tom…I find my slider to be invaluable. I use it every day and wouldn’t consider being without it. fortunately I have a big shop and was able to mount it permanent to the bench and have 6 ft. of table on either side and I installed the Kreg stops for accuracy. I bet that if you got rid of yours you would end up really missing it.

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#15 posted 02-23-2015 04:40 AM

Doc, Denis, I know my pic above is kinda hard to see. I had to come up with some kind of dust collection when I was trimming the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. They were making us put up plastic tents and such. I’ve since done other places where it has also become mandatory. What I made is about half the size of a washing machine tub. It’s made from Fire Retardant Panels (FRP) and light ga. wall angle metal used for acoustic ceilings. FRP is that plastic looking wall covering you see in some restaurant restrooms and kitchens. It’s 1/8” thick and flexible. I’ve added a strip at the top closest to the saw to keep more of the dust inside since this picture was taken. I cut some wood blocks with holes mounted to the bottom to hook up the vacuum hose to. I know that it takes up a fair amount of room but the store bought versions I’ve seen are no smaller. Because the slide travels back into the dust bin it doesn’t take up much more room than the saw does without it.

I dug around and here’s a couple of better pictures. Its an old one without the strip of FRP added to the front/top of the “tub”. But it will give y’all a better idea of how it is put together. Same saw, DW 718.

Here’s another picture taken at the same time.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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