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Joshua
 
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Default Looking for advice on sliding compound miter saws

Hello, everyone -

I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some advice with the
purchase. I have already read every post I could find on the subject
and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some newer saws
out).

I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all trades". I
will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future, followed by
molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
transporting it around too much, so size is not that much of a
concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV, though, so I can
wheel it around the house and store it easily when my workshop reverts
back to a garage

I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it down to
three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:

1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big turntable, seems
to have above-average dust collection capabilities,
laser-guide,
has all the miter and bevel detents I could want, good
detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock mechanism.
Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is probably 50%
larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes with a
so-so
(60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer tools?

2. Makita LS1212
Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings (most
SCMSes
use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence feature.
96-tooth
blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons (Workbench
and
Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus 14.4v
drill.
Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for crown molding.
No laser (does that really matter, though?). Also, I
question
the long-term stability of the geometry of this saw. Because
the rails slide into the base instead of through the neck,
when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an effective
12"
or so lever arm from where the head assembly is supported.

3. Bosch 4412
Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
multi-position
handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the table
extensions,
stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch in the past
(router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people have mentioned
non-flat tables and/or fences.

If you have experience with any of these saws, I would love to hear
your
thoughts!

Thanks.

- Josh
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Bannerstone
 
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Other criteria should be the fences, I've noticed the Bosch has rather short
fences where the Dewalt much better. Now I've heard vendor's gripe about the
Dewalts from a durability standpoint but the Contractors I know that use them
and move them around every day really like them.

Upswept motor allows better clearance for bevel cuts to the motor side.

I wouldn't base my purchase at all on the blade, in fact most factory blades I
use for things that I'd rather not cut with my good blade.

If it comes down to a tie go with the company that supports their products the
best.

David

In article , Joshua says...

Hello, everyone -

I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some advice with the
purchase. I have already read every post I could find on the subject
and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some newer saws
out).

I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all trades". I
will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future, followed by
molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
transporting it around too much, so size is not that much of a
concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV, though, so I can
wheel it around the house and store it easily when my workshop reverts
back to a garage

I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it down to
three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:

1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big turntable, seems
to have above-average dust collection capabilities,
laser-guide,
has all the miter and bevel detents I could want, good
detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock mechanism.
Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is probably 50%
larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes with a
so-so
(60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer tools?

2. Makita LS1212
Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings (most
SCMSes
use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence feature.
96-tooth
blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons (Workbench
and
Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus 14.4v
drill.
Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for crown molding.
No laser (does that really matter, though?). Also, I
question
the long-term stability of the geometry of this saw. Because
the rails slide into the base instead of through the neck,
when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an effective
12"
or so lever arm from where the head assembly is supported.

3. Bosch 4412
Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
multi-position
handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the table
extensions,
stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch in the past
(router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people have mentioned
non-flat tables and/or fences.

If you have experience with any of these saws, I would love to hear
your
thoughts!

Thanks.

- Josh


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James D Kountz
 
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Buy the Dewalt, you wont be disappointed. I have two of them and one I use
everyday rigorously. I don't baby it and I've done nothing but change the
blade. Last week I mitered some 8" oak crown and I didn't even have to fine
tune the joint. Now the other one is in my shop and I do baby it. Its just a
damn good saw. I've owned a Delta and a Bosch which I wouldn't spit on if
someone paid me. The damn thing literally fell apart. I did try to take care
of it but it just wouldn't take the abuse that a full time construction crew
building log homes everyday can put it through. The Dewalt can and has so
far. More money yes but worth it. About the Ridgid MSUV, I love mine use it
everyday.

Jim


"Bannerstone" wrote in message
...
Other criteria should be the fences, I've noticed the Bosch has rather

short
fences where the Dewalt much better. Now I've heard vendor's gripe about

the
Dewalts from a durability standpoint but the Contractors I know that use

them
and move them around every day really like them.

Upswept motor allows better clearance for bevel cuts to the motor side.

I wouldn't base my purchase at all on the blade, in fact most factory

blades I
use for things that I'd rather not cut with my good blade.

If it comes down to a tie go with the company that supports their products

the
best.

David

In article , Joshua

says...

Hello, everyone -

I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some advice with the
purchase. I have already read every post I could find on the subject
and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some newer saws
out).

I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all trades". I
will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future, followed by
molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
transporting it around too much, so size is not that much of a
concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV, though, so I can
wheel it around the house and store it easily when my workshop reverts
back to a garage

I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it down to
three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:

1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big turntable, seems
to have above-average dust collection capabilities,
laser-guide,
has all the miter and bevel detents I could want, good
detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock mechanism.
Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is probably 50%
larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes with a
so-so
(60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer tools?

2. Makita LS1212
Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings (most
SCMSes
use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence feature.
96-tooth
blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons (Workbench
and
Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus 14.4v
drill.
Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for crown molding.
No laser (does that really matter, though?). Also, I
question
the long-term stability of the geometry of this saw. Because
the rails slide into the base instead of through the neck,
when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an effective
12"
or so lever arm from where the head assembly is supported.

3. Bosch 4412
Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
multi-position
handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the table
extensions,
stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch in the past
(router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people have mentioned
non-flat tables and/or fences.

If you have experience with any of these saws, I would love to hear
your
thoughts!

Thanks.

- Josh




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Bay Area Dave
 
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Jim,

Do you attribute the mitered crown fitting to be a function of the tool,
or your experience and craftsmanship? Isn't knowing the correct bevel
and miter angle for crown 98 percent of the battle? I recently did
crown for the first time and it turned out fine, but not until I looked
up the formula for calculating the B & M angles. My non slider DeWalt
did only as well as my attention to detail. It worked out ok, despite
my lack of experience...(which I almost made up for by reading, going
slow, and making a test cut)


dave

James D Kountz wrote:

Buy the Dewalt, you wont be disappointed. I have two of them and one I use
everyday rigorously. I don't baby it and I've done nothing but change the
blade. Last week I mitered some 8" oak crown and I didn't even have to fine
tune the joint. Now the other one is in my shop and I do baby it. Its just a
damn good saw. I've owned a Delta and a Bosch which I wouldn't spit on if
someone paid me. The damn thing literally fell apart. I did try to take care
of it but it just wouldn't take the abuse that a full time construction crew
building log homes everyday can put it through. The Dewalt can and has so
far. More money yes but worth it. About the Ridgid MSUV, I love mine use it
everyday.

Jim


"Bannerstone" wrote in message
...

Other criteria should be the fences, I've noticed the Bosch has rather


short

fences where the Dewalt much better. Now I've heard vendor's gripe about


the

Dewalts from a durability standpoint but the Contractors I know that use


them

and move them around every day really like them.

Upswept motor allows better clearance for bevel cuts to the motor side.

I wouldn't base my purchase at all on the blade, in fact most factory


blades I

use for things that I'd rather not cut with my good blade.

If it comes down to a tie go with the company that supports their products


the

best.

David

In article , Joshua


says...

Hello, everyone -

I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some advice with the
purchase. I have already read every post I could find on the subject
and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some newer saws
out).

I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all trades". I
will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future, followed by
molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
transporting it around too much, so size is not that much of a
concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV, though, so I can
wheel it around the house and store it easily when my workshop reverts
back to a garage

I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it down to
three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:

1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big turntable, seems
to have above-average dust collection capabilities,
laser-guide,
has all the miter and bevel detents I could want, good
detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock mechanism.
Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is probably 50%
larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes with a
so-so
(60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer tools?

2. Makita LS1212
Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings (most
SCMSes
use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence feature.
96-tooth
blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons (Workbench
and
Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus 14.4v
drill.
Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for crown molding.
No laser (does that really matter, though?). Also, I
question
the long-term stability of the geometry of this saw. Because
the rails slide into the base instead of through the neck,
when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an effective
12"
or so lever arm from where the head assembly is supported.

3. Bosch 4412
Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
multi-position
handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the table
extensions,
stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch in the past
(router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people have mentioned
non-flat tables and/or fences.

If you have experience with any of these saws, I would love to hear
your
thoughts!

Thanks.

- Josh





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BeerBoy
 
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Have a look at the Makita 10" (LS1013). It's cutting capacity is close to
the 12"ers but it's a lot cheaper. The prices seem to have come down on
these lately and they are always highly rated tools. The cutting capacity
is 3 5/8 x 12 at 90 degrees and the 12" is 3 7/8 x 12 1/4. Not a big
difference. The DeWalt is a 4 x 12. It's not a big enough difference to me
to justify the extra price. Blades are cheaper too.
Also, have a look at http://www.powertools.info/default.asp for comparing
tools.
---BeerBoy

"Joshua" wrote in message
m...
Hello, everyone -

I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some advice with the
purchase. I have already read every post I could find on the subject
and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some newer saws
out).

I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all trades". I
will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future, followed by
molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
transporting it around too much, so size is not that much of a
concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV, though, so I can
wheel it around the house and store it easily when my workshop reverts
back to a garage

I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it down to
three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:

1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big turntable, seems
to have above-average dust collection capabilities,
laser-guide,
has all the miter and bevel detents I could want, good
detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock mechanism.
Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is probably 50%
larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes with a
so-so
(60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer tools?

2. Makita LS1212
Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings (most
SCMSes
use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence feature.
96-tooth
blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons (Workbench
and
Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus 14.4v
drill.
Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for crown molding.
No laser (does that really matter, though?). Also, I
question
the long-term stability of the geometry of this saw. Because
the rails slide into the base instead of through the neck,
when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an effective
12"
or so lever arm from where the head assembly is supported.

3. Bosch 4412
Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
multi-position
handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the table
extensions,
stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch in the past
(router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people have mentioned
non-flat tables and/or fences.

If you have experience with any of these saws, I would love to hear
your
thoughts!

Thanks.

- Josh





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Erik
 
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Buy the saw that you can set the miter and bevels most
accurately. If the angle scales are to small you can't
read/set to 1'deg. which is a must if you're going to do
crown molding accurately. Get good after-market blade, not a
thin-nerf, they flex to much unless you go slow and steady.
Don't worry about the fence - add a sacrificial fence full
length and use it for zero clearance on straight cuts.
That Ridgid MSUV is neat. I wish I had one - got a POS
portable stand.

--
Erik "Grumpa" Ahrens
Apprentice Termite
I'd much rather be hammered than nailed 8~)

"Joshua" wrote in message
m...
| Hello, everyone -
|
| I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some
advice with the
| purchase. I have already read every post I could find on
the subject
| and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some
newer saws
| out).
|
| I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all
trades". I
| will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future,
followed by
| molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
| transporting it around too much, so size is not that much
of a
| concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV,
though, so I can
| wheel it around the house and store it easily when my
workshop reverts
| back to a garage
|
| I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it
down to
| three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:
|
| 1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
| Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big
turntable, seems
| to have above-average dust collection
capabilities,
| laser-guide,
| has all the miter and bevel detents I could want,
good
| detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock
mechanism.
| Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is
probably 50%
| larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes
with a
| so-so
| (60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer
tools?
|
| 2. Makita LS1212
| Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings
(most
| SCMSes
| use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence
feature.
| 96-tooth
| blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons
(Workbench
| and
| Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus
14.4v
| drill.
| Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for
crown molding.
| No laser (does that really matter, though?).
Also, I
| question
| the long-term stability of the geometry of this
saw. Because
| the rails slide into the base instead of through
the neck,
| when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an
effective
| 12"
| or so lever arm from where the head assembly is
supported.
|
| 3. Bosch 4412
| Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
| multi-position
| handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the
table
| extensions,
| stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch
in the past
| (router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
| Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people
have mentioned
| non-flat tables and/or fences.
|
| If you have experience with any of these saws, I would
love to hear
| your
| thoughts!
|
| Thanks.
|
| - Josh


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GeeDubb
 
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Bay Area Dave wrote:
Jim,

Do you attribute the mitered crown fitting to be a function of the
tool, or your experience and craftsmanship? Isn't knowing the
correct bevel and miter angle for crown 98 percent of the battle? I
recently did crown for the first time and it turned out fine, but not
until I looked up the formula for calculating the B & M angles. My
non slider DeWalt did only as well as my attention to detail. It
worked out ok, despite my lack of experience...(which I almost made
up for by reading, going slow, and making a test cut)


DeWalt makes crown stops for the 12" scms that make crown cuts easy. This
saw is big enought to accept 6" crown, maybe bigger. Just remember the
upside down and backwards way of cutting and you never have to worry about
compound cuts and what the friggin angle it's supposed to be. Experience
helps but once you cut a 16' piece of 6" oak crown wrong you won't do it
again.......

Check twice cut once.

Gary


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Joshua
 
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Thanks for your insight, everyone. I have actually had occassion to
use the Dewalt 708 a few times for some rough framing. It worked
really well for that, but I had some reservations about its ability
for precision cuts. The saw seemed to have a bit of lateral play in
the head such that the blade could wiggle a bit. Indeed, at the local
Borg I jiggled the head of the dewalts (they had two) on display, and
both of those were easily persuaded to move back and forth a bit. The
saws I tried jiggling that had horizontal rails seemed a bit firmer.

- Josh

"GeeDubb" wrote in message ...
Bay Area Dave wrote:
Jim,

Do you attribute the mitered crown fitting to be a function of the
tool, or your experience and craftsmanship? Isn't knowing the
correct bevel and miter angle for crown 98 percent of the battle? I
recently did crown for the first time and it turned out fine, but not
until I looked up the formula for calculating the B & M angles. My
non slider DeWalt did only as well as my attention to detail. It
worked out ok, despite my lack of experience...(which I almost made
up for by reading, going slow, and making a test cut)


DeWalt makes crown stops for the 12" scms that make crown cuts easy. This
saw is big enought to accept 6" crown, maybe bigger. Just remember the
upside down and backwards way of cutting and you never have to worry about
compound cuts and what the friggin angle it's supposed to be. Experience
helps but once you cut a 16' piece of 6" oak crown wrong you won't do it
again.......

Check twice cut once.

Gary

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Joshua
 
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Thanks for the advice on the blade. Why are so many manufacturers
pushing their thin-kerf blades? What is their advantage? Do they cut
quicker?

As for the saws, the Makita, Ridgid, and Dewalt (yeah, big yellow is
now in the running again) all have really nice angle scales. The
Ridgid's is probably the easiest to set (nice big easily reachable
levers) followed by Makita and then Dewalt.

I like the idea of a sacrifical fence and plan on doing that. I
believe all of the above saws provide holes in their fences for
mounting a wood or poly fence.

Another question: does anyone have any comments about table flatness
and/or fence trueness? I've heard lots of good things about the
Makita, some great and some really poor things about the Dewalt, and I
only have 2 data points about the Ridgid (both good). It seems to me
that the Ridgid may have an easier time keeping their table flat
because it is one piece (vs. a turntable inside of a table design).

- Josh

"Erik" erikl_nospam_at_nospam_syserco.com wrote in message ...
Buy the saw that you can set the miter and bevels most
accurately. If the angle scales are to small you can't
read/set to 1'deg. which is a must if you're going to do
crown molding accurately. Get good after-market blade, not a
thin-nerf, they flex to much unless you go slow and steady.
Don't worry about the fence - add a sacrificial fence full
length and use it for zero clearance on straight cuts.
That Ridgid MSUV is neat. I wish I had one - got a POS
portable stand.

--
Erik "Grumpa" Ahrens
Apprentice Termite
I'd much rather be hammered than nailed 8~)

"Joshua" wrote in message
m...
| Hello, everyone -
|
| I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some
advice with the
| purchase. I have already read every post I could find on
the subject
| and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some
newer saws
| out).
|
| I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all
trades". I
| will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future,
followed by
| molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
| transporting it around too much, so size is not that much
of a
| concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV,
though, so I can
| wheel it around the house and store it easily when my
workshop reverts
| back to a garage
|
| I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it
down to
| three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:
|
| 1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
| Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big
turntable, seems
| to have above-average dust collection
capabilities,
| laser-guide,
| has all the miter and bevel detents I could want,
good
| detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock
mechanism.
| Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is
probably 50%
| larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes
with a
| so-so
| (60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer
tools?
|
| 2. Makita LS1212
| Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings
(most
| SCMSes
| use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence
feature.
| 96-tooth
| blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons
(Workbench
| and
| Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus
14.4v
| drill.
| Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for
crown molding.
| No laser (does that really matter, though?).
Also, I
| question
| the long-term stability of the geometry of this
saw. Because
| the rails slide into the base instead of through
the neck,
| when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an
effective
| 12"
| or so lever arm from where the head assembly is
supported.
|
| 3. Bosch 4412
| Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
| multi-position
| handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the
table
| extensions,
| stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch
in the past
| (router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
| Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people
have mentioned
| non-flat tables and/or fences.
|
| If you have experience with any of these saws, I would
love to hear
| your
| thoughts!
|
| Thanks.
|
| - Josh

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Joshua
 
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Thanks for that link--it is a great resource! Wish I had known about
that when I bought my router, and jigsaw, and...

Have you used the Makita 10"? What are your impressions?

Thanks!

- Josh

"BeerBoy" wrote in message news:Siyub.427703$pl3.288324@pd7tw3no...
Have a look at the Makita 10" (LS1013). It's cutting capacity is close to
the 12"ers but it's a lot cheaper. The prices seem to have come down on
these lately and they are always highly rated tools. The cutting capacity
is 3 5/8 x 12 at 90 degrees and the 12" is 3 7/8 x 12 1/4. Not a big
difference. The DeWalt is a 4 x 12. It's not a big enough difference to me
to justify the extra price. Blades are cheaper too.
Also, have a look at http://www.powertools.info/default.asp for comparing
tools.
---BeerBoy

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Hello, everyone -

I am in the market for a 12" SCMS and could use some advice with the
purchase. I have already read every post I could find on the subject
and was looking for more recent opinions (there are some newer saws
out).

I'm looking for a saw that will really be a "jack of all trades". I
will be using it for deck framing in the immediate future, followed by
molding and trim work and some furniture work. I won't be
transporting it around too much, so size is not that much of a
concern. (I do plan on mounting it on Ridgid's MSUV, though, so I can
wheel it around the house and store it easily when my workshop reverts
back to a garage

I have done a whole bunch of research and have narrowed it down to
three models, each with a distinct set of advantages:

1. Ridgid MS1290LZ
Pros: Big capacity, decent price, I like the big turntable, seems
to have above-average dust collection capabilities,
laser-guide,
has all the miter and bevel detents I could want, good
detent-override mechanism, good bevel lock mechanism.
Cons: This sucker is huge. Dimensionally, this saw is probably 50%
larger than the other two I am looking at. Comes with a
so-so
(60-tooth) blade. Quality of Ridgid's newer tools?

2. Makita LS1212
Pros: Compact design. Both sliders use linear bearings (most
SCMSes
use a nylon bushing on one). Flip-up fence feature.
96-tooth
blade. Winner of a couple magazine comparisons (Workbench
and
Popular Mechanics). Currently comes with a bonus 14.4v
drill.
Cons: No bevel detents at all. No miter detents for crown molding.
No laser (does that really matter, though?). Also, I
question
the long-term stability of the geometry of this saw. Because
the rails slide into the base instead of through the neck,
when the saw is locked in "chop-mode" there is an effective
12"
or so lever arm from where the head assembly is supported.

3. Bosch 4412
Pros: Great ergonomics (bevel & miter locks up front,
multi-position
handle, etc.). Nice extra features like the table
extensions,
stock-stops, etc. I have had great luck w/ Bosch in the past
(router & jigsaw). Decent 80-tooth blade.
Cons: $100 more than the other two. Several people have mentioned
non-flat tables and/or fences.

If you have experience with any of these saws, I would love to hear
your
thoughts!

Thanks.

- Josh



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Joshua asks:

Thanks for the advice on the blade. Why are so many manufacturers
pushing their thin-kerf blades? What is their advantage? Do they cut
quicker?


No. And they are totally unneeded on miter saws.

Check out the Bosch 4412. Mine just got here. Not set up yet, but it is out of
the box and I'm in love.

Pricey but wonderful.

I've also got an older Ridgid, but am not at all sure it is the same as that
being sold now...the Bosch appears better, anyway, though the Ridgid is a
damned good tool.

Charlie Self
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In article ,
(Joshua) wrote:

Thanks for your insight, everyone. I have actually had occassion to
use the Dewalt 708 a few times for some rough framing. It worked
really well for that, but I had some reservations about its ability
for precision cuts. The saw seemed to have a bit of lateral play in
the head such that the blade could wiggle a bit. Indeed, at the local
Borg I jiggled the head of the dewalts (they had two) on display, and
both of those were easily persuaded to move back and forth a bit. The
saws I tried jiggling that had horizontal rails seemed a bit firmer.



Interesting. I bought my Dewalt (the 12-inch SCMS) because it had *less*
lateral play than the Makita or Delta or whatever else it was I looked
at. I can't claim that my method of testing was especially scientific
(wiggling the handle with the saw fully up, halfway down, and fully
down, in/out, et al.), but it seems to have worked for me in that the
cuts I get are glass smooth and precisely on the money in terms of
accuracy.

div ="low-level rant"
I'm surprised we haven't heard from the
don't-buy-Dewalt-because-they-make-toasters people in this thread. Well,
Bosch makes toasters and a lot of other small kitchen appliances too,
and I don't think it's hurt their woodworking tools one bit. (Hey! Was
that a pun?!) Low-end Black & Decker is low end Black & Decker, and
Dewalt is Dewalt. If you don't like the color yellow, buy something
else--but like my ancestors say, "There's no such thing as a bad color
on a good horse." But then, Finnish horses do tend to come in some ugly
shades.
/div
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On 19 Nov 2003 13:05:59 -0800, (Joshua) wrote:

Thanks for the advice on the blade. Why are so many manufacturers
pushing their thin-kerf blades? What is their advantage? Do they cut
quicker?

As for the saws, the Makita, Ridgid, and Dewalt (yeah, big yellow is
now in the running again) all have really nice angle scales. The
Ridgid's is probably the easiest to set (nice big easily reachable
levers) followed by Makita and then Dewalt.

I like the idea of a sacrifical fence and plan on doing that. I
believe all of the above saws provide holes in their fences for
mounting a wood or poly fence.

Another question: does anyone have any comments about table flatness
and/or fence trueness? I've heard lots of good things about the
Makita, some great and some really poor things about the Dewalt, and I
only have 2 data points about the Ridgid (both good). It seems to me
that the Ridgid may have an easier time keeping their table flat
because it is one piece (vs. a turntable inside of a table design).

- Josh


Just to confuse you up some more, I have always heard good things
about the Hitachi sliders. Seems their 8 1/2"er was one of the first,
and is widely considered to be a good example. Their newer C10FSB
looks to be a very nice saw, and seems very reasonably priced at $399.
If you like lasers, you can buy the same saw with one for a extra
C-note (Model C10FSH). I'm looking to replace my crappy Craftsman with
broken fence, which was a gift from my father-in-law.

Note: I am in no way connected with Hitachi. However, I have often
found their tools to be right up there with the best, but priced more
like the Ryobi line. Maybe its advertising and overhead. Haven't seen
to many Hitachi advertisements or promos. I did buy one of the 14.4V
cordless drill kits ($79 @ Lowes with 2 batteries, a kick ass
flashlight, and charger) to replace an ailing, older Porter Cable, and
have been amazed.

DLGlos
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DLGlos wrote in
:

On 19 Nov 2003 13:05:59 -0800, (Joshua) wrote:

Thanks for the advice on the blade. Why are so many manufacturers
pushing their thin-kerf blades? What is their advantage? Do they cut
quicker?

As for the saws, the Makita, Ridgid, and Dewalt (yeah, big yellow is
now in the running again) all have really nice angle scales. The
Ridgid's is probably the easiest to set (nice big easily reachable
levers) followed by Makita and then Dewalt.

I like the idea of a sacrifical fence and plan on doing that. I
believe all of the above saws provide holes in their fences for
mounting a wood or poly fence.

Another question: does anyone have any comments about table flatness
and/or fence trueness? I've heard lots of good things about the
Makita, some great and some really poor things about the Dewalt, and I
only have 2 data points about the Ridgid (both good). It seems to me
that the Ridgid may have an easier time keeping their table flat
because it is one piece (vs. a turntable inside of a table design).

- Josh


Just to confuse you up some more, I have always heard good things
about the Hitachi sliders. Seems their 8 1/2"er was one of the first,
and is widely considered to be a good example.


It was one of the first, if not thee first. But it's not that great
of a saw. I've used quite a few of them and right now, the Makita ten
incher is the best, IMNSHO.

Their newer C10FSB
looks to be a very nice saw, and seems very reasonably priced at $399.
If you like lasers, you can buy the same saw with one for a extra
C-note (Model C10FSH). I'm looking to replace my crappy Craftsman with
broken fence, which was a gift from my father-in-law.

Note: I am in no way connected with Hitachi. However, I have often
found their tools to be right up there with the best, but priced more
like the Ryobi line. Maybe its advertising and overhead. Haven't seen
to many Hitachi advertisements or promos. I did buy one of the 14.4V
cordless drill kits ($79 @ Lowes with 2 batteries, a kick ass
flashlight, and charger) to replace an ailing, older Porter Cable, and
have been amazed.

DLGlos


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A couple of people have now recommended the Makita 10". What makes
this better than the 12"? Is it considerably better than the 12"? In
the near term, I will need to cut some 4x4 and 4x6 lumber.

Thanks -

- Josh

Manny Davis wrote in message ...
DLGlos wrote in
:

On 19 Nov 2003 13:05:59 -0800, (Joshua) wrote:

Thanks for the advice on the blade. Why are so many manufacturers
pushing their thin-kerf blades? What is their advantage? Do they cut
quicker?

As for the saws, the Makita, Ridgid, and Dewalt (yeah, big yellow is
now in the running again) all have really nice angle scales. The
Ridgid's is probably the easiest to set (nice big easily reachable
levers) followed by Makita and then Dewalt.

I like the idea of a sacrifical fence and plan on doing that. I
believe all of the above saws provide holes in their fences for
mounting a wood or poly fence.

Another question: does anyone have any comments about table flatness
and/or fence trueness? I've heard lots of good things about the
Makita, some great and some really poor things about the Dewalt, and I
only have 2 data points about the Ridgid (both good). It seems to me
that the Ridgid may have an easier time keeping their table flat
because it is one piece (vs. a turntable inside of a table design).

- Josh


Just to confuse you up some more, I have always heard good things
about the Hitachi sliders. Seems their 8 1/2"er was one of the first,
and is widely considered to be a good example.


It was one of the first, if not thee first. But it's not that great
of a saw. I've used quite a few of them and right now, the Makita ten
incher is the best, IMNSHO.

Their newer C10FSB
looks to be a very nice saw, and seems very reasonably priced at $399.
If you like lasers, you can buy the same saw with one for a extra
C-note (Model C10FSH). I'm looking to replace my crappy Craftsman with
broken fence, which was a gift from my father-in-law.

Note: I am in no way connected with Hitachi. However, I have often
found their tools to be right up there with the best, but priced more
like the Ryobi line. Maybe its advertising and overhead. Haven't seen
to many Hitachi advertisements or promos. I did buy one of the 14.4V
cordless drill kits ($79 @ Lowes with 2 batteries, a kick ass
flashlight, and charger) to replace an ailing, older Porter Cable, and
have been amazed.

DLGlos



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"Joshua" wrote in message
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A couple of people have now recommended the Makita 10". What makes
this better than the 12"?


I'm not saying it's better but it is a lot cheaper and the cutting
capacities are only slightly less than the 12". I unfortunately own a
Craftsman and it stinks. I will hopefully replace it someday and if it was
today it would be with the LS1013. I think it's good "Bang for your buck".
That new Bosch 12" slider is nice but a little too pricey for me right now.
The Makita 10" also is very popular with finish carpenters (in my area
anyways) and they probably use them more than anybody.
I've seen the Makita 10" on sale quite a bit lately but was told the stock
blades aren't that great. This might be true of a lot of saws though.
One other consideration is that a decent 12" blade is probably $40 more than
the same 10".
I'm not trying to change your mind, just giving you some options.
---BeerBoy


Is it considerably better than the 12"? In
the near term, I will need to cut some 4x4 and 4x6 lumber.

Thanks -

- Josh

Manny Davis wrote in message

...
DLGlos wrote in
:

On 19 Nov 2003 13:05:59 -0800, (Joshua) wrote:

Thanks for the advice on the blade. Why are so many manufacturers
pushing their thin-kerf blades? What is their advantage? Do they cut
quicker?

As for the saws, the Makita, Ridgid, and Dewalt (yeah, big yellow is
now in the running again) all have really nice angle scales. The
Ridgid's is probably the easiest to set (nice big easily reachable
levers) followed by Makita and then Dewalt.

I like the idea of a sacrifical fence and plan on doing that. I
believe all of the above saws provide holes in their fences for
mounting a wood or poly fence.

Another question: does anyone have any comments about table flatness
and/or fence trueness? I've heard lots of good things about the
Makita, some great and some really poor things about the Dewalt, and I
only have 2 data points about the Ridgid (both good). It seems to me
that the Ridgid may have an easier time keeping their table flat
because it is one piece (vs. a turntable inside of a table design).

- Josh

Just to confuse you up some more, I have always heard good things
about the Hitachi sliders. Seems their 8 1/2"er was one of the first,
and is widely considered to be a good example.


It was one of the first, if not thee first. But it's not that great
of a saw. I've used quite a few of them and right now, the Makita ten
incher is the best, IMNSHO.

Their newer C10FSB
looks to be a very nice saw, and seems very reasonably priced at $399.
If you like lasers, you can buy the same saw with one for a extra
C-note (Model C10FSH). I'm looking to replace my crappy Craftsman with
broken fence, which was a gift from my father-in-law.

Note: I am in no way connected with Hitachi. However, I have often
found their tools to be right up there with the best, but priced more
like the Ryobi line. Maybe its advertising and overhead. Haven't seen
to many Hitachi advertisements or promos. I did buy one of the 14.4V
cordless drill kits ($79 @ Lowes with 2 batteries, a kick ass
flashlight, and charger) to replace an ailing, older Porter Cable, and
have been amazed.

DLGlos



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Beer Boy writes:

That new Bosch 12" slider is nice but a little too pricey for me right now.


Can't argue the price, but I got the 4412 yesterday, and it's one helluva lot
more than "nice."

One very slick, well thought out, well made tool.

Charlie Self
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