Just got a new compound miter saw. Makita 1219L. Seems quite nice and on our trial cuts did exceptionally well with the factory blade even. It will only be used in the shop so the weight isn't a big deal. But I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to drag it around to the job sites, 65#s! I made an adapter to connect it to a shop vacuum and the dust collection is very good. Sucks off the blade guard and the back of the table. Anyone else got one?
Replacing a DeWalt we were never happy with.
I always swore if we were going to buy another 12" job site slider it would be the Bosch Glide. In the shop it would be an Omga (no slide). Having used 10" and 12" sliders for 20+ years in the field I am always interested in the rigidity. We always ran Bosch sliders but they all have flex that can really be used to your advantage when you get use to the saw.
I could never have the average guy run one of these sliders for precise work in the shop because the flexure in the travel can give you easily a half degree of cheat in the cut (super handy when you get use to it). I can use our 12" Bosch (non glide) and easily flex a hollow or a crown in a large bevel for fit but you have to really know the saw.
We have one in the shop but have never seen the need for the slider in the shop and the error due to the flexure leaves us better off with a more rigid non-slider most of the time. Large miters get done on the sliding table saw.
Yes, we use our Omga when it will work and also the slider. Both produce great results. The DeWalt we had was way too sloppy, letting how fast it cut determine how crooked it cut. It always took a roughing cut then a shave or 3. There are just so many adjustment on a compound that the user has to be really experienced with the particular saw to do a good job. A typical use for it in our shop would be to do the miters on the crown assemblies that we fully assemble before shipping to the job sites. Most of our work goes out of state and many of the installation crews concentrate on speed not finesse. This way they just need to sit the assembly on top of the fixtures and run a couple of hidden screws in. Any field joints are figured out so when the copes are put together any misalignment isn't likely to be seen from the front. Some fixture installers are pretty good BUT there are many that don't fit that description! By the time the store is ready for fixtures the contractor is usually already behind schedule. Our job is to make installation as quick and simple as possible.
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