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I am referring to those miter saws that can also slide back and forth like a radial arm saw.

Who has one of these, what are your thoughts on it?

I am thinking it would be a nice "2 birds with one stone" thing to ask for for my birthday in June.

If I had one of those, I *THINK* I would use it instead of the table saw for pretty much everything but ripping.

I use the router for dados and rabbets. And of course, you can also use the band saw for those.

And I may even end up using the band saw for ripping/re-sawing in the long run, so the table saw may become obsolete for me.
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Chris,

By far one of the hadiest tools I have ever owned. I have had a Sears model since the late 1970'S Spend the money to get a good one. Some of the models you can set a depth of cut on it and also cut dados and rabbets
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Can't live without mine. I have an older Makita 10" chop saw; I use that for cutting to length on framing, if I have a lot of cuts to make.
The sliding bevel is a Bosch and it's been a great m/c...absolutely no complaints. I think I bought it about 10 or 11 years a go.
A few weeks ago there was a thread running about router tables, and I pointed out that all these fixed shop machines have one serious flaw. If you are working with very long boards, there's no way to practically swing them around in the shop. The beauty of the sliding chop saws is you can just carry them outside, plunk them down on a couple of sawhorses or whatever, and bring your 16' 2x12 to the saw. You want to cut long baseboards? Carry the saw to where you're working. Accurate? As good as it gets.
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... Some of the models you can set a depth of cut on it and also cut dados and rabbets
this would be an awesome feature. i'll have to make sure to look for that when shopping.
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I am referring to those miter saws that can also slide back and forth like a radial arm saw.

Who has one of these, what are your thoughts on it?

I am thinking it would be a nice "2 birds with one stone" thing to ask for for my birthday in June.

If I had one of those, I *THINK* I would use it instead of the table saw for pretty much everything but ripping.

I use the router for dados and rabbets. And of course, you can also use the band saw for those.

And I may even end up using the band saw for ripping/re-sawing in the long run, so the table saw may become obsolete for me.
A couple of thoughts based on my personal experience. In my shop I use my radial arm saw for cross cuts and my table saw for ripping. (For many years my radial arm was all I had and I made a ton of furniture with it.) My band saw is for curves, special cuts, resawing, etc. The first thing I bought was the radial arm saw and I have never regretted it. They are tremendously versatile for all kinds of cuts plus they have a power take off for horizontal drilling etc. A band saw cannot replace a table saw for ripping unless you are able to joint board edges after cutting. A good table saw with a good blade will produce an edge suitable for glue up. A band saw won't. I have never owned a chop saw or equivalent because I don't need portability and I have never seen what one offers over a radial arm saw in a fixed situation.
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thanks for the insights folks. being new, i'm not up on all the terms yet ... what is the difference between ripping and re-sawing? they seem similar to me.
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Hi Chris, well I love my 12" Bosch, but if I could do it over I would get the new 12" Bosch glider. It needs no extra clearance behind it for the rails
Bosch - 12" Dual-Bevel Glide Miter Saw - GCM12SD
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Here's one of the top seller and winning almost all reward and I love it, I've got the model just before the 10 in blade.
And this one is sell for about 769$ and this weekend only.
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Chris, many manufacturers make high-quality sliding compound miter/bevel saws. Radial arm saws are nice, and I've used them for many years; but for my needs the Makita 10" sliding compound miter saw fits my needs perfectly. Often you must look at what kind of work you're going to need a particular tool for. I've never met an easily portable radial arm saw - if there is even one available.
In reading your thread starter, I am curious how you're making dado cuts on your band saw - are we talking about on really short boards?
You will not find many people using their table saws for resawing work for a number of reasons, but personally I would prefer a table saw over a band saw for my kind of work - but I have both. I am getting older and my hands are not as steady as they have been in past years, but for me; super-straight rip cuts and cross cuts are best achieved with the table saw.
Chris, all of these tools have their place in the woodshop, but I really enjoy my sliding compound miter saw and would feel very handicapped without it. Also, I have several "docking locations" for my SCMS and this enables me to move it around easily!

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thanks for the insights folks.

i have no miter type saw at all, just my little battery powered circular saw stuck to a piece of ply with 90* angle brackets. while that suits my purposes fine for crosscuts on small stuff, it is just a simple little thing to fill a small part of the void of not having a miter saw.

maybe one will go on sale, or someone will be selling one on craigslist

re the dado/rabbet statement, i misspoke. i wa watching a youtube video where a guy made a big lap joint with his band saw and was thinking about that. i realize a band saw can't do dados or rabbets.
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