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For years we’ve battled bulky motors sticking out of the side of the miter saw and though why can’t they figure out how to get this thing out of the way completely. It just takes a Worm Drive and BOOM the motors way back there, which potentially more torque. The STAFDA launch was just a sneak preview this thing isn’t going to hit the shelves until April 2019 with a $579 price tag which makes it right up there with other premium miter saw options. It is very light for a 12″ at only 51 lbs and has all the bells & whistles you’d expect for that price. Check out SkilSaw on Ohio Power Tool, Pre-Sale options for the SPT88-01 will be available soon!
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We are about a month away from Makita releasing a bigger 12″ version of their already successful 10″ Compound Saw LS1019L ($549) with the front facing slide rails. The Makita 12” Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw with Laser LS1219L ($599) combines capacity, accuracy and efficient dust extraction in a more compact size. Just like the 10″ model, it offers a unique 2-Steel Rail Sliding System that reduces the footprint for an against the shop wall, flush operation. (more…)
In our recent project, the Cordless Circular Saw Shootout, we had the opportunity to put 3 great circular saws to the test: the Milwaukee 2731-22 ($429), the Makita XSH01X ($419), and the Dewalt DCS575T2 ($355). In this test we wanted to rank the three in power, run-time and several other parameters which naturally involves lots of wood cutting. We built a simple jig to rip 2X4’s in half, so we could run all 3 of these saws in nice long rip cuts to gauge power and see if any might bog down (no bogging down with any of these saws). And of course, after our test we had plenty of freshly cut 2X2’s which can be useful for building book shelves or framing basements or any number of other projects but we already knew what to do with them, we were going to build a Kentucky Stick Chair.
Miter Saws are messy, nothing is going to catch everything but we have been fairly disappointed in pretty much all the vacuum attachments on miter saws. For a shop purposes simply building a Miter saw Dust Collector seems like the obvious, most economical solution. Certainly it’s not a 1 size fits all solution as there are many sizes and styles of miter saws out there. BuildSomething has this Miter Saw Dust Collector Free Plans which is a terrific starting point you can tailor to your needs. (more…)
Just recently we announced Makita had launched a new lighter weight 10” Miter Saw LS1018 which we thought was their answer to other people’s 8-1/2” saws. Not the case however as Makita is dropping weight faster than a teenage wrestler the night before a big meet. The new LS0815F ($349) saw weighs-in right around 31 lbs which is almost 12 lbs less than the new LS1018 saw as well as a few lbs less than any of the pro competitor’s 8-1/2” miter saws.
When it comes to precision cutting on the jobsite a miter saw is an essential tool but the trade-off is it is often one of the most bulky tools to lug around. Of course you want the saw as close to the work as possible but for a remodeler, dragging a large collapsible saw cart up narrow staircases or through finished areas might not be possible. The new Bosch Miter Saw CM8S ($469) may be an ideal option for professional quality cutting with lightweight portability.
Launching in the very near future will be the new (to the USA at least) Makita 10” slide miter saw LS1018 ($399). It appears this saw has been around in other countries for a couple of years, as you can see from our friends at ToolStop 2012 video. This saw will not be a replacement for the Makita 10” slide LS1016L ($499) and we will take a quick look at the differences in stats below to see the differences of each.
On many jobsites the miter saw plays an essential role however their large size makes them very awkward to transport and set up. If you are concerned about the tool actually being there in the morning this probably also means you need to take it off the jobsite each night and then set up each morning. The new Bosch CM12 ($349, Ohio Power Tool) is designed specifically to be one of the most portable 12” jobsite miter saws without sacrificing the precision and quality you would expect from a Bosch saw.
Last June we got our first crack at the Bosch Glide Saw GCM12SD and we are still very impressed with this unit each time we use it. One of the big points we got from the Bosch product manager on the Glide Saw was that they wanted to keep the price “reasonable” so that is was still within the range of other competitor miter saws but would offer all the obvious advantages of the no rail system. In contrast the Festool Kapex KS120 ($1300, Amazon) accomplishes the same reduction in protruding rails but obviously does so at a premium price.