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post #21 of 46 Old 07-24-2011, 02:10 PM
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DeWalt 10" compound miter saw. Gets the job done ^_^
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I use the Ridgid 12" MS1250 with a good 100t finish blade, works great.
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Just curious........don't feel like playing along.....don't.

Any trim,sub-contractors in here?Specifically trim.......not as part of bigger GC "chores"........?BW

i did for many yrs. started out as a laborer @ 16 for a contractor. 6 months later i was doing pc work. did that for about 15 yrs.
the way it worked then was a truck showed up with cabs, we put um in. truck showed up with base, we put it in. on and on.
working on one house is a bit dif.
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Woodmeistro, did you get anything yet?
It really depends on how you like to cut, what you're cutting...

The Kapex is deemed the best for trim work. although I love Festool, $1300 is a bit much. Then add in the stand...
The Bosch Glide really seems like a great saw. But heavy, even the stand is heavy (and more dough).

I have an old cheap 10" Delta CMS (not like the pic someone posted, I wanted that. But they don't make). And a cheap 10" slider (I don't recommend). Just purchased a 8 1/2" SCMS by Dewalt. And planning on a 12" Dewalt or probably Ridgid (non-slider).

The smaller saws are usually lighter, more accurate, but you'll have to cut larger trim on the flat. And they won't cut 4x4's. The Makita 7 1/2" looked nice and super-light. But has a small table and only cuts 2" high.

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And then the cpl next questions "was";do you setup in a cntrl location,IE....big rm or do you setup in each individual rm?And the follow up to that was....and is sorta related to the 1st (if setting up in cntrl location)?....do you do say all windows first,then doors then base?....OR.....do it one rm at a time?IE...do windows,then drs,then base...go to next rm,repeat?BW
I'm usually only doing one room. But, I'll do all rooms of one moulding then the next for bigger jobs. Most of my work is remodeling or lived in homes. So, I usually set up outside. Depends. Major remodels, I'll set-up in a central loc or outside.

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My first saw was a craftsman 12" When that died I got the dewalt 12" dw718. Had issues with it cutting a staright line , and couldn't adjust for it. I sold that and bought the bosch glider. I don't have any complaints with this saw. The glider mechanism is so much smoother than the rails on the dewalt. I am glad I made the switch.
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I used to have a 12" dewalt slider, but never had good luck keeping everything all adjusted. Then I got the 8-1/2" dewalt slider, they don't make it anymore, but it is a great saw and I still use it. It only lacks a large cutting capacity. Now I use a Kapex, I've had it for 2 years now and love everything about it. Its light, dust collection is great, accurate and the lasers are killer. My only complaint is the price, its expensive. I use my mitersaw just about everyday and when you break down the cost over the life of the saw its not so bad. Most of my work is field installs so the kapex with the Festool UG stand is amazing, again the price sucks but the quality and service festool provides is amazing. If the kapex is a to much money I would look at the bosch glider, I played with it at shows and it seems really cool. Here's a video I just did on the festool UG cart.

This video shows the stand and its features.

Here is one on packing it all back up to head home

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If I had the $$, the Festool would be in my shop. I don't, so it isn't. For my budget, it is the Chicago Electric 12" slider / Freud blade combo. And yes it took some fiddling around to get the stops set right... But it is dead on now... I am a hobbyist only. However, I lost my fear of buying a Harbor Freight miter saw after my neighbors trim contractor was using one on a trim job at his place... They are cheap enough that it is not a huge deal if they get stolen, and when fitted with a good quality blade and tuned up right, are really accurate saws...

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I have a Bosch 12" slider for personal use. For work we use a Dewalt 12" slider. But sliders have rails and tend not be that accurate. They do have bigger capacity. But if you need a saw for trim I would lean toward a Delta or Dewalt 12" dual compound non slider. The non sliders stay more accurate due to the fact that they have no rails to wear out and wobble. I'm currently looking for a 10" dual compound Delta for a back up to my Bosch for smaller jobs. The Bosch and Dewalt sliders are damn heavy. With the 10" I can swap blades with my table saw if I want.

80% of my work is trim Base,Casing, Crown and cabinets.
If your going to buy blades go with the Red ones.
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I had a DW718 but picked up a Mak LS0714 http://www.amazon.com/Makita-LS0714-2-Inch-Sliding-Compound/dp/B000AU1VJE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311910851&sr=8-1ended up selling the DW.
if you do much on sight work and you owned several this would be the one you would grab 85% of the time. 28 pounds and better dust collection than even the Kapex.

just realized that this is my first post here. My name is Craig Harimon i am a contractor out of OmahaNE specializing in bathrooms I am active on contractor talk and festool owners group

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Doing professional trim/cabinetry a few years back, used a couple of differen saws. Hitachi 10" slider was nice but think they are made a bit differently now. Used a Bosch 12", while it was accurate was just not my favorite feeling saw. I own a DeWalt 12" double-bevel; at the time was one of the only saws with a belt drive, thus motor was out of the way and increased cut depth. That saw was one of the first 'real tools' I bought, while I wouldn't get rid of it I do find myself wishing I had a slider in my home shop. May go for a nice, old, solid used machine for long cross-cuts in the future.

I still smile every time I cut something with my DeWalt 12" saw though, especially loaded with a brand new blade =D
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what chop saw

I found a 10" Makita LS 1011 at a pawn shop. It did need some work and finding the parts was easy. I really like it`s light weight! I`ll be 59 this Dec. For years I carried a 15" Hatachi...that in my opinion...is a crown cutting machine (among many other things). After 35 years of loading and unloading tools...I go for the light weight stuff. Rick

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I have a 10" Makita LS 1011 as well. Works great for most jobs. Came up just short of being able to cut through a 2x4 the way I needed, but the hand saw was able to finish the cut nicely.

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I own a 10" sliding Craftsman. Piece of sh-t.
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miter saws

We use hitachi in our shop, we have a 10" and a 12" compound sliding with lasers on them very precise cutting.
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Makita 10" model 1011

i bought this when they first came out. A Makita nidel 1011 .The only thing that has been done is i had to replace the beiring in the head that hold's the blade on. It got a little sloppy and the cut's vaired. After the change it was back to dead on. The brush's are used up kind of fast as they are used as the break. Other than that i will not have to buy another one for a long time .
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I have done custom trim for many years. I have had great success with my 10" Hitachi slider and Forest chopmaster blade combo. It makes cuts so smooth that you get an excellent fit every time.
When I trim a home I start by hanging the doors. Then case out the doors then case windows (some windows just get "picture framed", some get a sill as well as casing), then crown, then base. You don't always have crown, but the base has to be done after the casing as the base runs into the casing on the doors.
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I own a Dewalt 12" cms and I have an older Craftsman RAS that's in pieces as I install the free safety upgrade.
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I use a Delta 10" cms a friend gave me, when he bought a slider.
Only use it when I need to take it into the house for trim work. My old Red Star ras does the work in the shop.
I keep a nasty blade in the cms, so if I need to cut of any nasty wood, for garden stakes, etc, I don't risk a good blade.
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