10:18AM | 03/22/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
1 lifetime posts
Dear Bob,

I am in the process of comparing 12" sliding compound mitre saws for diy home imporvement projects. Actually, the saw will be used by my boyfriend for projects such as crown moulding, possibly a deck (in the future), etc... After comparing performance criteria such as: smooth, reliable, and accurate cutting predictability, adjustment ease and ability to lock firmly into a wide variety of angles, tough and durable, double-bevel feature, minimum clog-prone factor, and cost, etc... I am leaning toward the Dewalt-708. I especially like the dual-bevel feature and the belt-drive seems like it will facilitate smooth and user-friendly sawing action about it compared to the Craftsman or others within its class. Can you offer some insight to my decision making process. We have watched you for years, think you are great, and cannot think of any other more qualified to help us in our choice. Thanks, Carla

Carla Y. Seleme


07:01PM | 03/22/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
7 lifetime posts
That is a great saw. But before you buy a sliding saw, think anout a few things. First, a sliding saw by design cuts a greater capacity. If you intend to go sliding, don't over look a 10" version. Thet have large capacity and the blades are much cheaper. A good 12" finish blade (which doesn't come with any saw) will gost about 60-90 bucks or more. where the 10" is about 35% less. Also, a standard power miter saw with a 12" blade has great capacity and a lot less moving parts. It will invariably give you many years of acurate cutting. How often do you plan on cross cuting 2x10's or 2x12's. is it worth all the extra money and posibly less acuracy to get the slider over the fixed? Those questions being asked of myself, I am planning on purchasing the new delta twin laser 12" fixed compund saw. I have a dewalt 708 fixed compund that I bought about 7-8 yeas ago and it has stood up remarkebly with only one minor service needed for burnt out brush holders. If you do go with the sliding saw from dewalt, I don't think you will have gone wrong.


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