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Close quarters 12" sliding compound miter saw

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Looking to upgrade my 12" chop saw to 12" slider.  The only issue is that the setup in my home shop is pretty close quarters, ie I'm looking for a saw that doesnt have super long rails.  Specifically, the rails can't extend any more than 12.5" from center when the saw is swung out to 45+ degres on either side. Belive it or not, the footprint/swing data is pretty hard to find on manufacturer's websites.  I've also looked at the Bosch 12"  Axial-Glide Compact Miter Saw as a possible solution but the reviews for that saw don't impress me.  Does anyone have a recommendation for a saw that they're happy with that fits this situation?

No Makita (post #215932, reply #1 of 6)

Don't buy a Makita.

Hitachi has a fixed rail saw, (post #215932, reply #2 of 6)

Hitachi has a fixed rail saw, that does not take up much space. The saw slides on the rails, rather than the rails sliding through the base.  I have not used one so cannot comment on the saw.  I have used some other tools from them, seem to be reasonably well built.. 

Hitachi saw

SC (post #215932, reply #3 of 6)

Festool Kapex, call and ask for more detailed spec's.

10" saw, but with a flip of a latch it can be made to cut deeper stock.

The size of the saw swung all directions -26"x26"


I don't understand what/why your rails 12-1/2" from center comes in but, the rails themselves are only 17" long.  They start behind the fence maybe 8 or 9", extending no where close to 12" from the center of the baseplate.

The saw fence has to be a foot from the wall to allow the backside of the rail mount to operate.


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Bosch makes one that has an (post #215932, reply #4 of 6)

Bosch makes one that has an accordian hinge that needs no room

Bosch GCM12SD - its called an (post #215932, reply #5 of 6)

Bosch GCM12SD - its called an Axial Glide and can be put right against the wall.

Hitachi C12RSH2 (post #215932, reply #6 of 6)

I've got the Hitachi, and it's pretty great. Back of the saw can be pushed right up against the wall with the saw riding the rails. Has a nice laser that's easy to adjust to either side of the cut. You won't want this as a jobsite saw - it weighs a ton. Great for a shop though.