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replacement for a radial arm saw
on September 18, 2002
When I retired a couple of years ago, I went on a tool buying binge. I wanted to replace my old Craftsman 12 inch radial arm saw with a sliding miter saw. The issue was safety.
I read the reviews and selected the Bosch 10 inch sliding compound miter saw. I went with 10 inches because I read that the 12 inch saws wiggled to much. My Bosch B3915 will cross cut 12 inches just like the bigger blades. I don't need the increased depth of a 12 inch blade.
This is a good tool. Cross cutting wide boards is simple and safe. You start the motor and lower the blade at appropriate distance and push the blade back through the material. This is much safer than pulling a radial arm blade through the work.
The hold-down clamps are great. I bought an extra one.
The saw is well constructed. I didn't have to make any adjustments out of the box. It's noisy as all tools having universial motors are. Motor brush life will be short for heavy users because of the dynamic braking feature. The blade stops very quickly when you release the trigger. A quieter induction motor would make the tool very heavy and probably usless.
I love this tool. I get precise and repeatable cuts. That's all I want.
It might be nice to have a laser beam illuminating the cut line, but I find that I don't need it. When I make several exact cuts, I use a special fence that I built.
Dust collection almost works but it is marginal. Still, I feel comfortable recommending this tool.