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Topic: Need a Miter saw recommendation ASAP
Posted: Friday, January 04, 2013 1:07:36 PM
I've got two mitersaws, both non-sliding and so I believe they are more durable as students don't have to do as much. Both are Dewalt though one is the newer 12" with the belt drive and the motor on top. This one give more capacity and is quieter. I also REALLY like the ability to adjust both back fences to which I have attached sacrificial fences so we can close the opening down to zero clearance.

We're still using a radial arm saw for the big stuff although at some point we may get a sliding compound (certainly safer if used properly) although I still like teaching proper and safe use of the Radial. I think we'll reserve the slider for the larger cuts and continue using the standard mitersaws for everything else--less movement likely = less problems.

I've never heard of any problems with the mitersaw that didn't involve (1) material away from the fence, (2) hands too close to the blade, or (3) miter cuts where the wood was not held securely and so moved (we angle blade to right so it pushes material into stop block on left when making repeat cuts). Number 1 takes care of the saw as described and can bend/destroy the fence making the saw worthless (until the fence is replaced), and number two and three can take care of the student.

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