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Currently we only ship within New Zealand and use New Zealand Couriers for most deliveries excluding certain dangerous goods which will be shipped via Poste Haste. If you have ordered an item that is out-of-stock we will attempt to contact you immediately to discuss options. BE THE FIRST TO KNOW Sign up for our newletter to receive the latest products & weekly specials. Prized by carpenters for its amazing versatility, a sliding compound miter saw is also great to have in a woodworking shop. Top-ranked cuts were perfectly flat, showed no tear-out around the edges and had minimal tooth marks on the faces. Because of their slide mechanisms, these saws occupy a lot of space, on average about 40 in. Each saw head tilts left and right to make bevel cuts, but the process of operating the bevel controls while supporting the heavy saw head ranges from simple to complicated (Photo 4).
Hold-downs help with accuracy and general safety, particularly when you’re cutting large pieces (Photo 6). Every saw has likeable features, but the Makita LS1214F and LS1214L models come closest to getting the whole package right.
The other saws are capable, but every one would benefit from a higher-quality blade, which would add at least $70 to the bottom line. You should also know that locking in precise setups for bevel cuts can be challenging on all these miter saws. Photo 1: We prefer saws that minimize side-to-side play when the head is fully extended, because they make the straightest cuts. Photo 6: A hold-down that securely locks the workpiece to the saw table is a must for safe operation. This saw appears similar to the Bosch 5412L, especially regarding several user-friendly features. American Woodworker magazine was acquired by F+W Media (parent company of Popular Woodworking) in 2014. Christopher Schwarz has helped many of us solve some pretty frustrating problems over the years. Makita Xtract Vac, Veto Pro Pac, DeWalt Handheld Radar Scanner, Zircon Metalliscanner and more!
Radar Love Fresh from DeWaltIf you’ve ever drilled a hole into a plumbing pipe in a floor, cut through an electrical wire in a ceiling or missed multiple nails into wall studs, then you didn’t have a hand-held scanner to help you see what was hiding behind that wall, floor or ceiling. DeWalt’s new 12 Volt MAX Lithium Ion Scanner not only helps to find hidden objects behind marble, drywall or concrete, it scans them all using their 12 volt MAX battery system and displays it all on a nifty 3.5 LCD color screen. While the above hand-held scanner can help you find hidden objects behind a wall, it’s not going to help you find rebar behind thick concrete and block walls.
If you’re drilling lots of holes in concrete for Tapcons, electric conduit or for Redheads, you need one of these infallible tools to save your drill bits and your sanity.
Credit Cards are verified in real time using DPS and our checkout pages are encrypted using SSL. For example, accurately mitering the end of a long, wide board on your tablesaw is virtually impossible, because the miter gauge is too small and the saw table isn’t big enough to support the angled board during the cut. To see if the cut ends were straight and flat, we stood the test samples on a dead-flat steel plate. Middle-ranked cuts noticeably rocked or showed daylight between the cut and the steel plate.

We prefer the top-mounted lasers (Photo 7) because their guide lines stayed on the mark through each cut. When attached to a shop vacuum, only the Hitachi and Metabo saws collected dust adequately (Photo 8). The detents for commonly used angles are solid but easy to override if you need to shave a quarter-degree. Blade guards that fit inside the housing were more likely to hang up on the leading edge during compound miter trim cuts.
Fine woodworking demands perfect results, so a saw’s ability to cut cleanly and accurately carried the most weight in our ranking.
The Makita saw’s blade consistently made amazingly clean cuts and saves you spending $90 for an upgrade. Although the miter scales are good on every saw, a readable bevel scale, like this one on the Bosch saw, is rare.
They independently switch on and off, so you can position the board without starting the saw.
Whether you’re a hardcore framer, drywall finisher or concrete worker, you probably eat, drink and breathe the stuff on a regular basis. If you’re climbing onto a roof, walking down long stretches of roadways or surveying a forest, it’s certainly going to keep you from having to make multiple trips to and from your base of operations. Some radar scanners work to find metal, some work to find PVC and some work to find studs, but not all scanner tools are designed to find them all.
It retails for about $299 and won’t be available until May 2013, but you you can sign up to be notified when the DEWALT DCT418S1 12-Volt Li-Ion Hand Held Radar Scanner Kit is released, via our friends at amazon. Drilling into concrete can be hit-or-miss most of the time when rebar winds its way through a concrete wall, ceiling or floor. While the Metalliscanner might sound like a song written by Iron Maiden, it can even find ?” copper pipes so you don’t need to worry about creating a leak when you’re ripping through concrete with your latest and greatest power tool. Carry this cool time-saver on the job and you might be mistaken for a character from the video game Halo (sans the wicked helmet). In some cases we need to despatch dangerous goods from our North Island distribution centre for delivery in the South Island (or vice versa) due to stock on hand this can cause delayed deivery due to the nature of the product. With a sliding miter saw, just position the board, swivel the blade, line up the laser guide and go. The Makita saws, which are outfitted with a $90 blade, made the cleanest, smoothest cuts (Photo 2).
However, to make Metabo’s innovative system work, you have to buy a dust-extraction accessory ($35) or use two jury-rigged hoses. All the saws will cut at least several degrees past a 45-degree miter on both sides, and most go to 60 degrees on at least one side.
Either the scale is too small to accurately read, the top-heavy saw head is hard to control or both. Front-mounted controls mean you don’t have to support the saw head with one hand while reaching to the back with the other to release the bevel lock. On most saws, the bevel scales are so small or awkwardly located that it’s tough to dial in fractional degree settings. Although this saw isn’t engineered as precisely or built as heavily as the expensive saws, it still makes most of the cuts they make, just not as easily or as accurately.
While it might punch another hole in your man card to be covered in debris, it’s certainly not good for your health or your work environment. With 135 CFM’s of sucking power  and a two-part filter system that captures up to 99.95% of particles two microns or larger, it meets or exceeds the Department of Energy’s regulations for HEPA filters.

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Switching from crosscutting big timbers to cutting compound miters in delicate trim takes only seconds. Comparing the results from subsequent tests with top-quality blades installed on every saw revealed which imperfections were due to the blade (roughly cut faces and surface tear-out) and which were due to the mechanism (gaps and uneven cuts). The amount depends on a number of factors, including the spacing and location of the slide mechanism’s support rails and the number and location of support bearings (Photo 1).
Switching blades among the saws confirmed our findings: The Makita blade improved the cut quality of every other saw. When the saw isn’t in use, you can limit its intrusion by rotating the miter table to the left or right. On most saws, the location of the bevel controls isn’t as important as the number of steps needed to make adjustments.
Several saws use arbor-mounted laser guides that aren’t adjustable and only come on when the saw is running. So settle in and get ready for a trip down under (this paragraph) and check out the latest tools this month has to offer. This can especially be true when you’re making a dusty mess in an enclosed area like a homeowner’s walk-in closet or in a commercial bagel shop. That means when even the nastiest of dust and debris starts to blow, this machine really sucks. Making 60-degree cuts for an equilateral triangle is simple and cutting exotic compound miters for complex assemblies is no sweat.
These extreme cuts tested the merit of the saw’s sliding mechanism as well as its blade.
Switching out the DeWalt’s rough-cutting blade transformed that saw into a top performer. The saws from Bosch and Craftsman feature user-friendly bevel controls and adjustable handles. Senco plans on coming out with a 3” model this summer (likely April-ish) — and as we all know; size does matter so you might want to wait if you’re looking for a bigger screw to wow the ladies.
Cutting problems are most likely on wide boards, because the amount of play decreases as the saw head moves toward the fence.
Generally, we prefer metal cursors, although some are so wide they make precise settings difficult.
Both saws achieved this, in part, by dropping the blade deep into the bed of the saw so it cuts closer to its full diameter.
They’re not posted yet, but when they are, look for the DS232-AC, DS235-AC (both corded) and the DS212-18V, DS215-18V (both cordless) on the Senco Screw Gun page on Amazon. The downside of this design is that during a sliding cut, the teeth on the blade’s back edge rotate directly up into the board. If the board isn’t firmly clamped in place, especially during wide compound miter and bevel cuts, the blade can violently kick it up. You can eliminate kick-up on the Ridgid saw by adjusting its depth stop to raise the blade and change the exit angle of the teeth.

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