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When we got home from the cabin, the Triton SCMS ordered from Highland was waiting on the deck.
Just finished unpacking it and reading the manual.
In a few weeks, I'll have time to adjust everything and put it through it's paces. Then I'll submit a review.

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When we got home from the cabin, the Triton SCMS ordered from Highland was waiting on the deck.
Just finished unpacking it and reading the manual.
In a few weeks, I'll have time to adjust everything and put it through it's paces. Then I'll submit a review.
Hi Gene - Mine showed up Thursday. Set up pretty well, only thing was bevel off just a little. Not impressed with that adjustment, not enough headroom around the locknut to get a good bite on. Will probably end up grinding down one of my 13mm wrenches to get 'er done. Other than that I like it so far, but haven't had time to wring it out much.

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Hi Gene - Mine showed up Thursday. Set up pretty well, only thing was bevel off just a little. Not impressed with that adjustment, not enough headroom around the locknut to get a good bite on. Will probably end up grinding down one of my 13mm wrenches to get 'er done. Other than that I like it so far, but haven't had time to wring it out much.
Glad to hear you're mostly favorable.
Lets compare notes later.
SWMBO just gave me a little project that will require some molding cutting. I may get to the adjustments on mine sooner than I thought.

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Congratulations on the new saws! Nice to have two reports on the tool. Haven't heard anything on the Triton saws. Hope that You will be pleasantly happy with the results.

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Glad to hear you're mostly favorable.
Lets compare notes later.
SWMBO just gave me a little project that will require some molding cutting. I may get to the adjustments on mine sooner than I thought.
Hi Gene - I'm already shopping for a new blade for molding and such. Will save the OEM for construction type projects. Any thoughts on the Freud LU79 for a finish type blade for it?
Dutchman - I haven't seen any reviews on Triton saws either and swallowed a bit ordering. Ended up relying on their reputation with routers.
Impressions so far - pretty light, 38 lbs. so will need to bolt it down. In process of building a table for it. Almost all setup, adjustment, etc operations require only the 6mm Allen wrench (included), phillips screwdriver and/or 13 mm end wrench, (not included). They didn't provide for onboard storage of the Allen wrench so I glued two magnets to the back of the fence.
That's all for now. Had to work over the weekend which is really starting to cut into my toy time

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Hi Gene - I'm already shopping for a new blade for molding and such. Will save the OEM for construction type projects. Any thoughts on the Freud LU79 for a finish type blade for it?
Dutchman - I haven't seen any reviews on Triton saws either and swallowed a bit ordering. Ended up relying on their reputation with routers.
Impressions so far - pretty light, 38 lbs. so will need to bolt it down. In process of building a table for it. Almost all setup, adjustment, etc operations require only the 6mm Allen wrench (included), phillips screwdriver and/or 13 mm end wrench, (not included). They didn't provide for onboard storage of the Allen wrench so I glued two magnets to the back of the fence.
That's all for now. Had to work over the weekend which is really starting to cut into my toy time
Hey John,

Yeah, definitely a bolt down job. I was surprised at the weight. When I was playing with it, it had a tendency to tip forward when the saw was pulled fwd.
Thanks for the idea about the Allen wrench.
I suppose that Freud blade would be just fine. Some Freud blades are fairly good, I hear.
I'm Partial to the Tenryu IW-25560CB1 for miter saws. Tenryu America, Inc. - Tenryu Website Products page
I have a few for my other saws (Table saw, Miter saws, Skil Saws) and some are out being sharpened. They are an excellent blade. If they made consumer type router bits, I'd surely be on board with them!

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Thumbs up Review, as promised

I finally got time to un-pack and set up the Triton SCMS.

Fit and finish is excellent and, it appears to be well engineered. The 110 powered laser on off button is in the handle next to the power trigger. The lock for the blade is located on the motor housing and is a thumb friendly button instead of a steel rod. The lock that holds the blade down is spring loaded and operates easily. The slide lock is a screw to lock with a comfortable knob. The hold down clamp seems a little cheesy, but it does the job.
The slide operates very smoothly as does the saw pivot. The motor isn't any louder than my Craftsman miter saw.
Right out of the box, each miter and bevel setting was right on at every detent.
Nothing needed adjusting.
The blade that came with the saw was a little rough for my work so I changed it. It would be very adequate for framing.
Every cut I've made was glass smooth with no tear out. Even with well seasoned Mesquite.
I would recommend this saw for a serious hobbyist. Not for any commercial application, however.
I'm going to enjoy working with this saw. Now, to build Norms miter saw station.

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