Summary: I bought this Milwaukee miter saw, along with a Delta universal miter saw/planer stand about 3 years ago. I have been very happy with both. The saw is precise and holds its settings. It does a better job of directing sawdust away than my previous miter saw. I like the digital miter gauge, right out front where you can see it, and it's easy to adjust. I really like having the two lights, one on each side of the blade, to light up the workpiece.
Summary: I have a one man furniture shop, and have been in business for forty years. Milwaukee has always meant quality... until now. This may well be the the worst purchase I have ever made. Out of the box, it was not square, but was easily adjusted. However it never remained square for more than two cuts. After only a few months it began to make noise, which I was sure at the time meant it wasn't going to last long. No kidding.
Summary: We have a custom cabinet shop and bought this saw as an all around chop saw. It was intended to cut down large boards before milling and we hoped to use it for cutting moldings and miters too. It worked great for about a year doing both jobs. Then it started to sound rough and vibrate too much to cut delicate miters. We continued to blow out the machine and do regular maintenance but it kept getting worse. Finally it quit.
Right fence doesnt slide and has to be removed to make right bevels.
18 April 2012
Summary: So what's the point of getting a a dual bevel saw if you have to remove the stupid fence every time you want to bevel to the right? And then you have no tall fence there to brace your work on? A real shame on a saw that seems to be well thought out.
Summary: I've owned this saw for a couple of years and love it. I love the digital readout for miter cuts. The 12" blade and the slide allow me to make huge crosscuts. A few small negatives. First, this saw is very deep so you need to set it out from the wall quite a ways. Second dust collection isn't great even when I hook it up to my Delta Dust Collector. Overall though I would definitely buy this saw again.
Excerpt: After 10 years of reliable service, I decided to update my Miter Saw station (i.e. bench with a single bevel DeWalt miter saw sitting on top). My decision was based my son now having a workshop where I could “will” him tools which could stimulate his interest in woodworking. This would give me a good excuse to upgrade to a miter saw which has been designed to capture the saw dust from the cut.
Summary: Heard from a few people that these were supposed to be commercial/construction grade, top-of-the-line. A little over a year after purchase (JUST after the manufacturer's warranty expired) it sounds like the motor brushes are going. I also noticed that cutting wood causes chips and dust to build up in the motor compartment causing the motor to fail to spin up properly.
Summary: After using the saw for 5 days, the saw started making a loud noise and vibrating when the saw was stopped and braking started. Contacted Milwaukee and they could only offer taking the saw to a service center 35 miles away. They would not send a box for return shipping. I drove the 35 miles to the service center and dropped it off. The saw was returned in a little over two weeks to the service center. I had to drive back to the service center to pick it up.
Summary: I bought this miter saw because I am refinishing an old Victorian and there is quite of bit of molding and casing work that I have to do. I've don one room and the saw cut cleanly and was easy to use.