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This is interesting for anyone whose saw doesn`t have a laser guide and wants one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Durable-Br...a=0&pg=2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100012.m1985 It takes the place of the outer flange washer and comes on automatically when the blade starts spinning. Admittedly that doesn`t allow you to line up something before you start the saw but it will show where you`re going to cut so it might be more of a go-no go type device.

I love my Milwaukee 12 inch SCMS but it didn`t come with a laser guide (It does have a very good work light instead.) Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of these?
 

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Hmmm, looks like a clever idea. I would guess it shows the left side of the kerf. I've always liked the idea of laser alignment. Though, I added a sacrificial fence to my SCMS and the kerf in it perfectly aligns with the left and right sides of the cut. Costs me 3/4" cut width but worth it.
 

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Phil, does your fence have angled cuts as well?
 

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my Bosch came w/ them...
never used them..
 

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My Bosch does not have one, so I bought one and use it for cuts that only need to be within a 16th or so close. It works pretty well, but sometimes it doesn't turn on, so I need to restart the saw. The real problem is that the saw needs to be running for it to work. Not so safe to run it just for alignment. But so far, I have most of my fingers! All in all, I'm glad it is on the saw. Sure wish it came standard!
 

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So can you set it, or does just aim where it aims? I have a dual laser on my Festool , but I don’t have a laser on my 12” Dewalt , which I wish it did sometimes
 

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My 12" has laser line...I actually don't like it as it only comes on when I start the saw. Generally, I bring the blade down, line it up over where I want to cut and then turn it on. I might be odd man out but it's what I got used to with my 10" and RAS that I've had forever... I will admit that it takes a bit longer on bevel cuts. Besides, I'd rather not move the wood with one hand...ya never know...
 

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I don’t know if it was the same brand but I bought one about 5 years ago to add to my DeWalt chop saw. It was not compatible, fortunately the seller took it back for a full refund. Just a word of caution, check for compatibility!
 

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That was interesting Bob. Do you know a source for that light?

Rick I think it`s just meant to shine straight down along the edge of the blade.
 
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I bought a Irwin for my Dewalt saw years ago. I use it for cutoffs. It is accurate once you get used to using it. It is only good for left side cuts. I have seen lasers on both sides of blade for left or right cuts. I position the wood, turn on blade to get laser on and then make minor adjustments of mark on wood to laser and then make cut. If I am making several cuts the same I add a stop block so each cut is repetitive.

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My Bosch did not come with a laser, and I don't like the ones that come on at blade start. I saw this YouTube a while back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHM8K-JS-Wk for an add on LED. I tried it, and it works great! It creates a shadow that is the exact cut line on your work piece. The light was very inexpensive.
I LIKE this, Bob. thanks.
 

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Same here. I don't use the mitre saw for angle cuts, I prefer the TS. I have a zero clearance fence and bed and not moving the saw for angles allowed me to enclose it in a box with dust collection. This got rid of the last source of sawdust in my shop.
I have mine boxed in and have dust collection, but I'm still getting some airborne dust. I'd like to see a picture of your setup. thanks.
 

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Thanks Bob. I'm not sure that will fit on my Milwaukee as it doesn't have much clearance between the blade guard and the top guard casting but even if it doesn't I can use it in a couple of other places. If it won't fit then the zero clearance fence is the next best choice I think.
 

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Thanks Bob. I'm not sure that will fit on my Milwaukee as it doesn't have much clearance between the blade guard and the top guard casting but even if it doesn't I can use it in a couple of other places. If it won't fit then the zero clearance fence is the next best choice I think.
it should fit if you remove the arbor cover plate...
I have a Milwaukee slider...
you want the laser for it if I can find it???... new and very old bluish green laser...
this your saw... (sorry about the poor cropping)
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