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Hi, I'm new to the forum and am hoping I can get some assistance is selecting a 10" sliding compound miter saw based on user recommendations. Thanks, Ken
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Hi Ken,

Welcome to the router forums.

You'll find that there are many different makes out on the market. I personally enjoy my Makita, then again, I'm a big fan of Makita. Others, will point you to, Rigid, DeWalt, Festool, and other brand names.

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I've been looking for one, also. I like the Makita and it seems to get a lot of good reviews.

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I have a hitachi which I can highly recommend. One thing to consider, is do you really need a slider. They are a lot deeper than a 12 inch miter saw.

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Greetings and welcome to the router forum. Thank you for joining us. I have an older DeWalt 12" slider and like it a lot but don't care for the newer DeWalts. The Bosch that Deb got looks good to me also.

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Just my 2 cents

I'm not to sure why anyone would buy a Sliding Compound Miter Saw when a RAS will put most of them to shame , I have not seen one yet that can rip stock,,I think they are made for the contractor that go's from job to job and does not want to drag a RAS to the job side..

The RAS can do so much more and are lower in price the norm..if you look at the big wood shops they just always have one ...like HD and Lowes to cut up stock..you will not see SCMS in the back the norm..
because they are so limited what they can do..I will say they are get for a cross cut saw..don't get me wrong I have two of them but the RAS is the tool for the shop..that can be used as a pin router setup as well

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BJ,

Two main reasons for the popularity of the SCMS in the home shop is portability and smaller footprint over the RAS. I agree with you that this does not make it a better saw, but it does make it a more convenient saw for the smaller workshops.


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I'm not to sure why anyone would buy a Sliding Compound Miter Saw when a RAS will put most of them to shame , I have not seen one yet that can rip stock,,I think they are made for the contractor that go's from job to job and does not want to drag a RAS to the job side..

The RAS can do so much more and are lower in price the norm..if you look at the big wood shops they just always have one ...like HD and Lowes to cut up stock..you will not see SCMS in the back the norm..
because they are so limited what they can do..I will say they are get for a cross cut saw..don't get me wrong I have two of them but the RAS is the tool for the shop..that can be used as a pin router setup as well

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Not to mention cost. I've had a 10" Craftsman Radial for 20 plus yrs, for the most part it acts as a catch all table. The only thing I use it for now is medium to large interlock dados in long stock. Otherwise I use a hand held TS or the RT.

I also have a 10" Bosch CS (12yrs old) and a 12" Mak DCS, (6yrs old). Both produce great accurate cuts for all molding and flat stock finish work with the proper blade.

However, I transport my saws to jobs which requires lifting, toting and constant jarring from the road in my trailer because of this the saws require regular realignment and maintenance.

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I have the Makita compound sliding miter and have never regretted the purchase. It is mounted on a wheeled table with wings that let down to take up less room. You just can't do that with a radial arm saw.

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