If I were buying a comsumer level slider, regardless fo 10" or 12", it would without a doubt be the Bosch Glide. We dont own one but have had my hands on them several times and a friend just bought one. Very impressive saw all around.
I personally like the DeWalt 10”. I second that 10” is better as I can run the same size blades on my table saw as the chop saw, and I feel the smaller blade has less defection and chime giving better cut quality. If I was in the market for another I would look at any slider that you can push closer to the walllike the Bosch glide. Every square foot of floor space is valuable in a small shop. I have mine setup in a dedicated shop made station with dust collection and slide stops, I sure wish I could slide it back closer to the wall. Just my thoughts
Your table saw does not use sliding compound miter saw blades. There is no real deflection in good blades regardless if they are 10" or 12". Back in the day before 12" sliders, we used to use a Hitachi 15" with thin kerf blades.
Paul, I have a Makita and I’m pretty sure it’s the 12” version you mention. It was a great saw in the beginning and still is I guess but I do have to spray a little liquid wrench in the mechanism that raises the guard when you pull the saw down, it sticks. Have to do the same thing underneath to make it click into the detents. It’s not constant maybe every couple weeks. As far as the discussion about the 10” or the 12”, we cut some crown and baseboard that are large and you can’t do it on a 10” but you can the 12”. So think about what you’re needs are on that and compare capacities. If I were in the market right now I would probably get a 12” glide although I think the capacity on my Makita is greater. There’s a YouTube video out there somewhere on the glide and the guy shows the capacity on the glide and how you can’t do some of the larger stuff on it that you can on some of the others.
We prefer 12" miters as well. Mainly to cut large crown and wide trim, posts, etc. 10" are good for most things but you can run into limitations depending on what you do. That said, we have a dewalt slider and it's fine.
I've got the 12" Milwaukee glider in the shop, but it's too heavy for site use. Put a 12" Forrest blade on it and gotta say it works pretty sweet, however the Bosch Glide is also a great choice. For onsite use I recently went to a Milwaukee 10" battery powered slider saw and absolutely love it.
12 " dewalt is about the best you can do it is good in the shop and still not to heavy for field use, be careful Home Depot runs specials on these saws but some have shorted slides that won't cut a full 12" board and you'll find that will be a pain in the ass at times. The only draw back is that sooner or later something is going to drop on the handle and it will break. I have had almost every type of miter saw in the past 28 years and the ones we constantly come back to are the dewalts and hitachi's (10") the makita is a pain with the degree markings on the side of the base, the bosche never hold up to daily use and constantly go out of adjustment, the millwalkie is good just to heavy to move around on a job site. The old 8: hitachi compound miter saw (the orginal slide) was in my opinion a true work horse, you can have that thing slide around the back of a pick-up, get soaked in a down pour and it would just keep on cutting, straight and true. You have to look at just how easy it is to tilt it (bevel) left and right because no matter what you are running you will sooner or later you will have to do this. It is simple and easy and it STAYS put on a dewalt and the hitachi. Nothing is worse than having to wait for the saw man to adjust his saw before he can even begin to cut. On average a slide miter box is going to last 2-3 years on site or about 3-5 in the shop. After that you will be replacing bearings, brushes, fences, switches and if you have saw man, a carpenter and helper installing their lost production will eat up the cost of that new saw.
My question was about the 2 different 10" saws and not about size of the blade. I've had 12" saws in the past and actually own a 12" now. Thanks for all of your responses. I opted for the Makita LS1019L 10" slider.
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