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Tool review: 10" Sliding Mitersaws

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Other factors to consider before getting a slider

Other factors to consider before getting a slider

  • Power. Although all the saws cut through 44 treated pine with no difficulty, three bogged down when we crosscut 12"-wide, 1-3/4"-thick white oak.
  • Cut capacities. We found no significant differences in crosscut capacities. However, when cutting stock standing on edge against the fence, the DeWalt (6") and Makita (5-1/4") have a 1/2" advantage over the rest of the field.
  • Plunge, slide action. For safest operation look for a saw that plunges and slides with no hitches or stiffness.
  • Cut quality. Makita's blade produced the best factory cuts out of the box, with no tear-out and only slight scoring marks. When we replaced all blades with a Freud 80-tooth crosscut model (#LU74R010), each saw produced nearly flawless cuts.
  • Handle/power switch. Although we prefer a horizontal handle to a vertical one, the Bosch 4410 gives you the ability to choose with a handle that rotates 90. Bosch's saws also feature dual thumbswitches, making them equally suited for left-handed or right-handed use.
  • Lasers. The best cut-indicating lasers mount in front of the blade and shine down in clear, bright red for easy use; they're also simple to adjust.
  • Dust collection. Hooking up a shop vacuum to all the tested saws greatly improved their dust collection, but nonstandard port sizes required adapters and duct tape to fit the hose to most saws.
  • Depth-of-cut limits. You might not know it, but sliding mitersaws have a depth stop that you set to limit the depth of cut, as you'd do for cutting dadoes, rabbets, or half-laps with repeated cut-and-slide passes. The best saws let you set a stop and slide it aside for full-depth cuts, and then return to it quickly.

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