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The baddest piece of equipment in my shop
I have owned a DeWalt 10" Miter Saw for about 10 years. I thought it was the best! Lately I have experienced some trouble with the switch. Some kind of short in the trigger assembly, but it gave me a good reason to go shopping.
I stopped by my local Sears with the intention of getting a newer version to my old friend. While I was looking around I found this Craftsman Professional 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw. I love Craftsman tools, so I decided to give it a try. You won't believe the power and features this bad-boy comes with. All the things I bought as options for the DeWalt like a work-bed extension complete with roller and stop come standard right out of the box. If you work with crown moulding you'll love the crown dog and height guides that are etched right into the back fence.
This tool will become the centerpiece of your workshop!
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Craftsman 10 inch Professional sliding compound bevel Miter Saw
I reviewed a lot of saws prior to this purchase, the new Makita and Dewalt were at the top of my list. I purchaed this saw due to the sales price, it definitely is not a $449.00 saw. Fortunately, I paid close to half that amount on sale.
About the saw, the sliding mechanisn is not near as smooth as on other saws (Makita, Dewalt, Ridgid) I do wonder about the longevity and accuracy of cut as the slide mechanism wears. I had to drill out the rear fence mounting holes in order to square it with the blade. The left side 45 degree bevel is off, I have the replacement bevel lock coming under warranty, I hope that takes care of that problem. I spent about 3 hours reading the manual and going over the tool, I had to disassemble the saw to accurately determine what was the culprit with the bevel lock.
The saw makes nice clean cuts, it is quiet and as other have stated it blows saw dust everywhere. I believe that is due to having enough clearance for the bevel feature and the dust guard, the tolerance is very wide so the saw dust does not directly enter the chute. My single bevel non-sliding Dewalt has a tighter tolerance between the blade and dust collector to solve that problem. The handle design is very comfortable, and the saw is light and portable. The stock blade does a nice job on trim for a crisp clean cut. I do like the tall fence and the locking feature for it is very handy and easy to use. The crown molding stop works well and is also very easy to set up.
Overall, I could have spent $450.00 for the the new model Makita, or $190.00 less for this Craftsman Saw...that is the big debate for me. Is the $190.00 worth the adjusting, disassembly, placing the part order, and the unknown longevity and durability of this saw. In the long run, no. If the replacement bevel lock does not fix the left side bevel (it locks on 48 degress instead of 45 degrees) the saw is going back and I will purchase the Makita.
The thing that is important on these sliding bevel saws is the sliding mechanism and the bevel design, they have to be sturdy, easy to use, accurate, and hold up to use. A lot to ask for, but that is what they have to do.
I would rank this saw a few steps above the Ryobi, it has larger diameter slide tubes, and the location of the motor is where it should be, up out of the way. The laser works in lower light conditions, it gets washed out in sunlight...no big deal. If you really need a sliding bevel saw do yourself a favor and spend the extar cash and go for something else. If you really don't need the cutting capacity of a slider you won't get hurt with the other Craftsman line of non-sliding Miter Saws.
Craftsman needs to go back to the drawing board and refine this saw, the saw does have potential.