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Old 12-05-2018, 09:10 PM   #1
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Milwaukee 7 1/4 SCMS


In my quest for lighter and smaller tools as I get older. I am thinking about one of these smaller SCMS. I like what I have read on the Milwaukee, but nobody around here stocks them.
My main disappointment in my Makita saw is that the detents are super sloppy.
Does anyone on here have this saw, if so could you post a quick pros and cons list.
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:16 PM   #2
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I have the little Makita and am disappointed as well. Everything is cut on the flat and the settings are sloppy.

I would love to upgrade myself

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I got the Milwaukee on one of HD's one day online only sales, so far it seems like a great little saw. I haven't used the Makita 7-1/4 to compare it to, I had Dewalts 20v 7-1/4" saw a couple years ago which was nice, although a bit under powered, and was single bevel which I didn't really care about as I don't think I ever beveled anything on it.

The detents on the Milwaukee are rock solid, the locking mechanism is a flip down latch like most other saws on the market now. Catches a fair amount of dust with just the bag, havent hooked it up to a vac yet, and the bag has an internal tube that runs to the rear of the bag so dust doesn't pour out when you plunge the saw when its not running.

If you're looking for lightweight, this is the one you want. It's pretty incredible how light it is with a 5ah battery, especially considering its a double bevel, sliding saw. I found myself just picking it up and setting it on the bench as I needed it then putting it down on the ground out of the way after I was done with whatever cut I was making. Its like picking up an old Skilsaw 77.

It has plenty of power, have been cutting exotic hardwoods all week and it's having no problem whatsoever, where the Dewalt struggled (in Dewats defense their 7-1/4" saw has been out for a really long time.) Also, a feature that is a requirement for any new miter saw IMO is the LED shadow line which the Milwaukee has.
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Just bought it on ebay brand new in the box for $399 no tax free shipping.
First time buying a toll on ebay will see how it goes.
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You're going to like it.

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I have the 10" milwaukee. Absolutely love it. Light, easy to carry and setup. Powerful and runs on the 1 battery all day. FWIW I got the milwaukee table saw after the miter worked so well..table saw is awesome.
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I've had the 10" saw for a couple years. It's getting gritty on the slides. Currently cutting about 3000' of trim for a house and it's getting too bad to use. Blowing it out helps. Maybe I need to clean the rails.
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I've had the 10" saw for a couple years. It's getting gritty on the slides. Currently cutting about 3000' of trim for a house and it's getting too bad to use. Blowing it out helps. Maybe I need to clean the rails.
Unless the rails are physically damaged it is the bearings causing the issue. Case hardened and chrome plated steel rails are really, really hard to damage on the surface. Dropping the saw off a scaffold and bending them is a different story.

Remove the rail/saw assembly from the base and you should be able to clean and re-grease the linear bearings inside the base of the saw. Very likely just small amounts of very small particles that get past the wipes into the bearing over time. Which causes bearings to drag intermittently (causing the "crunchy" slide feel) or freeze up completely which can make the slide unusable. Disclaimer: I haven't had the sllides apart on mine yet, so the bearings COULD be loose pack. This is unlikely, but not something you want to be wrong about.
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I have had this saw for a few months now, sorry to say it has a major design fault.
The top rails on the fence when not locked down by the turn screws, can slide behind the blade.
This saw get transported around in my truck all the time, a few weeks ago I grab it to make a quick cut and Bang hits the aluminum top rail on the fence.
Granted it is ultimately my fault, but I have checked every other SCMS I can find and the top rail on the fence has a positive lock, I guess cast into to stop it from going behind the blade, even the 10" MIlwaukee Fuel does.
I reached out to Milwaukee customer service today and they didn't have anything to say, except first time we have heard about it etc.
Have you guys that have this saw had the same issue.
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I have had this saw for a few months now, sorry to say it has a major design fault.
The top rails on the fence when not locked down by the turn screws, can slide behind the blade.
This saw get transported around in my truck all the time, a few weeks ago I grab it to make a quick cut and Bang hits the aluminum top rail on the fence.
Granted it is ultimately my fault, but I have checked every other SCMS I can find and the top rail on the fence has a positive lock, I guess cast into to stop it from going behind the blade, even the 10" MIlwaukee Fuel does.
I reached out to Milwaukee customer service today and they didn't have anything to say, except first time we have heard about it etc.
Have you guys that have this saw had the same issue.
I have the 10", but the rails are always locked down. Now, I have cut into the rails when making bevel cuts as I forget to move them, but I've been doing that to all my saws for years.
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I have had this saw for a few months now, sorry to say it has a major design fault.
The top rails on the fence when not locked down by the turn screws, can slide behind the blade.
This saw get transported around in my truck all the time, a few weeks ago I grab it to make a quick cut and Bang hits the aluminum top rail on the fence.
Granted it is ultimately my fault, but I have checked every other SCMS I can find and the top rail on the fence has a positive lock, I guess cast into to stop it from going behind the blade, even the 10" MIlwaukee Fuel does.
I reached out to Milwaukee customer service today and they didn't have anything to say, except first time we have heard about it etc.
Have you guys that have this saw had the same issue.
I have the 10" and the 7-1/4" and to my recollection both of mine have stops to where the guard will not go behind the blade when its at 90-degree bevel. If you're 5(ish)+/- degrees bevel it looks like it will cut the fence in that position but otherwise I don't think it will. I've had several other saws that had cut top fences from the saw being beveled with the fence all the way in so that's nothing new to me.

I know it isn't always practical or possible but I try to make a habit of checking everything on my miter saws before cutting anything for the first time of a day or if someone else is using the saw. Mainly to not cut something out of square because the saw got bumped or left at some weird angle but also to not cut the fences.

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