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Old 08-07-2010, 06:44 PM   #1
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Whats The Best Double Compound Saw


Hey guys, i'm looking to buy a double compound sliding saw, can i get a motion please,thanks
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I motion that you use the search button.

It's been discussed to death. Only you will be able to decide. Buy what feels best to you.

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Thanks warner,i was thinking that myself, heard mikita fell in the last few years
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Get the Bosch axial glide. Let me know if you like it before I buy one.
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I'm not talking about no Hitachi either.
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Ok warner then break it to me easy
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Ok warner then break it to me easy

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Worked a side job for a guy yesterday and used his saw. I vote Kapex.

But I own a Bosch and it's a great saw.
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Unless you're doing something which requires accurate bevels other then the standard ones I don't think the Kapex is worth the money.
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Here is a tip on getting accurate bevels cut on any saw. Cut a "pitch block" for the degrees of the bevel cut you need with a piece of scrap 1x4 or something, using the more accurate miter gauge, then set pitch block on edge on the saw table and set the bevel setting with the blade against the block and lock it down.

The bevel scale on most saws is too small to dial in a perfect bevel (other than the pre-sets like Keith mentioned). Pitch blocks are an easy work around.

For what it is worth.

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I can get my Kapex to 1/2 degree on bevel's and to a 1/4 degree on miter's.

Check out the huge scales, and the indicators on the scales.

There are no detents on on the bevel on the kapex, unless you count 0, 45, or 47.
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Unless you're doing something which requires accurate bevels other then the standard ones I don't think the Kapex is worth the money.

When wouldn't you need accurate bevels and miter's?


Oh yeah, I rarely even trust factory detents.
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Also you test for 45 accuracy using the Katz method buy making square rosettes showing no endgrain and checking the joints
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Warner,

I do mostly stair work and I've bought 2 Kapex because you can dial in the bevels better than other saw I've used. But unless you do a lot of bevel cuts off 45° or 22.5° I just don't think they are worth the money.

I think Brain's approach makes more sense for most people.
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If you want to get HUGE get the milwaukee 12"
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I have 2 old dewalt's and love them, every saw I have used has its quirks, and whatever you buy you will get used to and fall in love with. Everyone on here hates every saw but thereres but in reality they are all about the same.


Oh Makita’s suck though, get anything else
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^ Somewhat agree on the makitas. Overall not a terrible saw, but the detents were a little sloppy and it drove me nuts.

Belt drive is the way to go IMO. I really like hitachi's 10" slider, quick and accurate bevel changes. Simple compact saw, easy to carry from job to job.



Newer dewalts look greatly improved, but not a fan of the big clumsy guard.

Ridgid, Milwakee are massive, I would not want to drag those to the jobsite each day.

use your judgement and go check out all the controls/quality, of each saw.

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It would be pretty easy to argue that the Kapex is the best 10" slider.

But if I were to buy a new saw today it would be a Hitachi 10" SCMS. The saw is lighter, by several pounds, than the Kapex (which touts how light it is). And for $900 less than the $1300 Kapex.

I have used and abused the Hitachi for close to 15 years and it is still going and is very accurate. There are many other sliders to choose from now and they all get the job done... not really a looser in the bunch. The Hitachi is the original slider though and may be the most durable... as others have said, it would be hard to argue that there is a better value to be found in this category @ $399.

Note: I use just about every brand of tool on the market, have no great love for Hitachi, and like the quality of German tools... buy the best saw you can afford, with the features you want. I could and have done the same quality of finish carpentry on various jobs with Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Hitachi, Milwaukee...

...I do have a bias towards Hitachi as it is what I have used forever and I am used to... honestly have not even tried the Kapex. Just can't justify the price since I already like the saw I have and it meets my needs.

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It would be pretty easy to argue that the Kapex is the best 10" slider.

But if I were to buy a new saw today it would be a Hitachi 10" SCMS. The saw is lighter, by several pounds, than the Kapex (which touts how light it is). And for $900 less than the $1300 Kapex.

I have used and abused the Hitachi for close to 15 years and it is still going and is very accurate. There are many other sliders to choose from now and they all get the job done... not really a looser in the bunch. The Hitachi is the original slider though and may be the most durable... as others have said, it would be hard to argue that there is a better value to be found in this category @ $399.

Note: I use just about every brand of tool on the market, have no great love for Hitachi, and like the quality of German tools... buy the best saw you can afford, with the features you want. I could and have done the same quality of finish carpentry on various jobs with Bosch, Dewalt, Makita, Hitachi, Milwaukee...

...I do have a bias towards Hitachi as it is what I have used forever and I am used to... honestly have not even tried the Kapex. Just can't justify the price since I already like the saw I have and it meets my needs.

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