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    Space Saving Sliding Compound Miter Saw

    I like my DeWalt miter saw, what I don't like is how much space it takes up behind it. I want to build a miter station/bench for it along the wall, but I don't want it to take up half of the barn, it's got to go.

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    I'm not totally sure I need a slider, but for the sake of this post, let's say i do. Does anyone have any experience with one of the saws that doesn't take up so much space to the rear?

    Here's a Bosch:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bosch-15...10GD/204668975

    Delta:
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-10...2240/303333588

    Festool:
    https://smile.amazon.com/Festool-561...-no-redirect=1

    I threw in the Festool, but it's a no go due to price. Any experience with one of these and would one be better than the other? I want to build something like this:

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    Last I looked the Bosch gets highest ratings. It's the one I plan to get once my Dewalt decides on retirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I like my DeWalt miter saw, what I don't like is how much space it takes up behind it. I want to build a miter station/bench for it along the wall, but I don't want it to take up half of the barn, it's got to go.

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    I'm not totally sure I need a slider, but for the sake of this post, let's say i do. Does anyone have any experience with one of the saws that doesn't take up so much space to the rear?

    Here's a Bosch:

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bosch-15...10GD/204668975

    Delta:
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-10...2240/303333588

    Festool:
    https://smile.amazon.com/Festool-561...-no-redirect=1

    I threw in the Festool, but it's a no go due to price. Any experience with one of these and would one be better than the other? I want to build something like this:

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    The Bosch is by far the best sliding saw from a space standpoint. I looked at them but wasn't as concerned with the space for my miter saw. I based my decision on the Jay Bates Miter Station on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzLR4Z5y7QY. I am still finishing my workstation but absolutely love it.
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    dewalt makes one of the best miter saws on the market. I don’t think you’ll be happy with a lesser saw. I get to use many different tools at work. The dewalt sliding miter saw is my favorite over any other brand I have used.
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    I finally decided on this configuration, with the Dewalt at an angle. The shop vac and sawdust collection system is behind the deepest space, but easy to get to when necessary by sliding the left extension arm into the stand. Tools I rarely use hang there also. On the right side are my clamps - easy to reach. The stand is angled so that a long board can extend into the doorway to the right, so I can cut 16 foot boards when I need to.

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    When I replaced my 10" miter saw , looked at sliding 12" and I just couldn't see the reason for buying a slider . Yes , I know there are times but so far going from a 10" to 12" been happy with the Hitachi .
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    You tossed it in so I'll comment.
    I have the Festool.

    I had to buy a electric sander at one point, the pneumatic ones required more air than was available at a jobsite.
    I was sanding/polishing stone inside so I wanted to minimize the dust. So I bought the Festool vac and an electric sander.
    BEST vac I have ever had, hepa filter, ZERO dust. My old shop vacs sucked up the dust but when you looked at the vac it looked like half of it was getting blown back out in to the room. Plus they never had half of the suction. My wife got a hold of the vac, she loves it, I have to fight her to get it back in my shop. Lots of suction and no dust plus it attaches to the sanders and other tools. The sander has been great, I've used it to polish stone, sand wood, rusty metal all sorts of stuff. Its great to be able to sand and not fight to see thru dust clouds.

    Yes its expensive, all their stuff is.

    BUT all there stuff is really a step above all the other ones.

    At a point I had to get a different miter saw. I had an old Delta. It was very limited on what it could cut size wise and what else it could do.
    I didn't want to spend the money on the Festool. In the end I did and I'm glad I did. Its a great tool.

    Look at ALL the features and advantages, there is a difference besides the price alone.

    When buying tools that you'll be using for the rest of your life and be able to hand down to your kids price should not be the deciding factor.
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    The Bosch saws are some of the best made.
    If I recall, they were one of the first to make their saw in that configuration.
    I cant justify the cost for the very little I do with a miter saw, but if ever I get a new one, it will be a Bosch without a doubt. I honestly dont think anyone does it better than they do. Their table saws are top notch too. They consistently rank at the top or near it in every test Ive ever seen over the years.

    Save a bit of money from the others, get the Bosch and a Diablo blade (or several) and call it a day.

    By the way, that Festool saws rails look similar to what Bosch tried initially for their space saving design before this latest one. I believe they used a stacked rail though, two sections of rail that slid out one on top of the other. It worked, but the new system is a lot more solid.
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    The Bosch and Delta 12" sliders have about the same reviews, but the Delta is newer, so there are fewer of them. The Festool is out of my set budget.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Bosch-120-V...70_&dpSrc=srch

    https://smile.amazon.com/Delta-26-22...ct_top?ie=UTF8

    The Bosch is $112 more and is probably worth it.

    Thanks for the feedback so far. Going to try to get my hands on some tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejb69 View Post
    dewalt makes one of the best miter saws on the market. I don’t think you’ll be happy with a lesser saw. I get to use many different tools at work. The dewalt sliding miter saw is my favorite over any other brand I have used.



    I've used both the Dewalt and I own the Bosch 12" slider.

    Yeah, the Dewalt can't hold a candle to the Bosch, especially for me as a lefty.
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