Portability – If you are going to be moving the saw a lot you might want to stay away from the sliding miter, it is heaver and bulkier.
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A new Bosch 8″ single bevel sliding compound miter saw (CM8S) is soon hitting the market. Thus far I can only see one potential cause for hesitation: the availability of replacement blades (or lack thereof). I would expect this new saw to appeal to users who would otherwise look at 10″ sliding and non-sliding miter saws. This post was originally published on Aug 1st, 2013, and was republished with minor updates on Jan 24th, 2014.
The glide system would me better because it allows you to put the saw up right against a wall or anything else. With Dewalt miter saws, they probably figure a lot of users will be using them with a miter saw stand or similar. Personally, I like the option of having built-in extensions, unless of course they’re poorly designed in an attempt to save costs. I was thinking about like you said dewalt might expect users to use miter stands as a reason for not including the extensions but they should atleast throw in the clamp. Many if not most miter saws are bundled with starter blades that are meant for rough framing cuts.
Cutting Ipe decking and some other materials dull blades quickly – so have extra fresh blades on hand for big jobs. With a well adjusted saw, a superior blade and zero-clearance set-up – a chop saw can do nearly perfect miters.
The same is true for cutting lots of wet pressure treated lumber – and then turning around to do case work.
I’m not a professional carpenter, but have done my share of home improvement and maintanence.
For me, even if I was doing baseboard or flooring, I’d still want the saw on a stand with proper material support.
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The JET B3NCH 10" dual bevel sliding compound miter saw is precise enough for all your home projects and portable enough to take with you when you need a great saw on the job.
The Makita LS0714 sliding compound miter saw is the perfect size for a wide range of jobs, and has plenty of power to get the job done.
Larger saws usually run on 15 amps, and you’re wondering if this Makita LS0714, with a 10-amp motor, really has enough juice to get the job done.

The Makita LS0714 really ought to come with a carrying case because the first thing you’re going to want to do with when you take it out of the box is run around with it, just because you can. As you might imagine, the Makita LS0714 isn’t the most popular saw because of its blade size. The Makita LS0714 is one of those rare tools that sells for pretty much the same price across the board, so don’t pay more than $450 anywhere.
Dual Bevel Sliding Miter Saw has a powerful 15Amp motor with a soft start and constant speed control for stable cutting in high load conditions. Another thing I find appealing about this saw is how it’s small but not stripped-down in terms of features. It’s hard to say sometimes just based on a list of features and a couple of product images.
It definitely offers impressive cutting capacity, although I wonder why Bosch designed this saw with linear rails instead of the axial glide mechanism which seems to work pretty darned well. The only thing I could think of why they didn’t design it with that is weight or cost. Or maybe Dewalt doesn’t bundle extensions with their saws purely to keep costs and prices as low as possible.
Even with extensions or supports from a miter stand, boards do move slightly while being cut if not clamped down and instead held down with a hand. We bought our first saw at our local distributor – for just this reason and brought a couple of Starrett squares with us when we went to pick it up. This article is my first introduction to the Bosch CM8S and I’m looking to replace an old Makita LS0714. They might say that it lets you pick and choose your options – and save money if you don’t want the add-ons. While it may not be everyone’s cup of tea – I find it smooth operating with no slop – and it allows the saw to fit closer to walls in a shop.
With dual bevel capacities of 0, 33.9, and 45 left and right, a quick cam miter lock, our Innovative Green XACTA Laser, the high performance laser system Exclusively from JET that projects an accurate, high-visibility guide line for precision cuts, even outdoors, and a powerful 15 amp, 4800 RPM motor, this saw is the right choice for any job. It’s extremely light – under 30 pounds and a little over two feet wide – and perfect for projects where portability is a plus. Even if you have a larger miter saw, don’t be surprised if this becomes your primary saw. That 104-degree swivel and 50-degree tilt are all brought to you by a tiny, 28.9-pound machine.
A lot of people worry that it doesn’t have the capacity they need to cut larger stock. Make fast and precise adjustments with the upfront bevel lock control and miter lock lever for quick angle adjustments. But with a $469 price tag (as per Amazon’s preorder product listing), the saw had better be a solid performer.

I also like how the Festool Kapex and Hitachi miter saws put the rails in such a way the tool slides forward it just allows a better for more options on how you set up your saw. This later feature is not of any value if you primarily set up on a lawn or driveway – where a convention slider will do fine.
For the rest of us, though, especially those of us who do cabinetry and furniture-making, and maybe a little crown for our friend’s dining room We fit right into that little niche between over-the-top and bare bones. It has standard miter stops and a decent one-way bevel range, and a 12″ slide ensure that we can flat-cut any crown we want. Instead of using this one for the portable jobs, you’ll just use the other one for the really big jobs. If you’re used to a saw that has preset stops at all the crown angles, you might have a little trouble switching to a flat system. I guess people have gotten accustomed or managed to not having any but in many cases especially when doing precise work these are essential. The table was flat (maybe not as flat as a granite surface plate) enough for good trim carpentry, the blade detents were good at 90 and 45L & R , the blade was square to the base at 0 degrees bevel and both side fences were in alignment.
My dislikes, if I had to find some are that it is a little deep(i knew this before bying though). Not only does it reach the standard speeds for a 12″ blade, but the Makita LS0714 runs at 6,000 rpm under no load.
However, with a little patience, a protractor, and a big angle chart printed out and taped up behind your saw, you’ll be a pro in no time, uh, flat. It is ideal for the professional user in a wide range of specialties including general contractors, woodworkers, cabinetry and flooring. And that the laser lens cover becomes dusty real fast and needs to be cleened (one screw really no hassle).
Plus the dust collection works quite well, so you can use it in the house without making your family evacuate. I think that the first one we bought was made in Taiwan – and the last one (bought this year) came from China.
You can swivel the miter from 47 degrees left to 57 degrees, right, and there are 9 preset stops at 0, and 15, 22.5, 30, and 45 on both sides. This saw arrived on our loading dock in good shape (some Amazon comments talk about shipping issues) – and needed only minor tweaking to adjust the bevel settings.
Note that this is a compound miter, not a dual compound miter, and your bevels can go up to 45 degrees on the left only (and 5 degrees on the right).

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