Fancy compound-miter saws with sliding tables are excellent tools for trim carpentry and contractor projects, but woodworking teacher Marc Adams finds that all he really needs for furniture making is a basic, 12-in chopsaw with no frills. So he tested five chopsaws that tilt in one direction only, making test cuts in hardwoods, plywood, and MDF, comparing the models for runout, flatness of tables, quality and accuracy of cut, and ease of adjustment. Models tested include the Bosch CM12, DeWalt DW715, Makita LS1221, Ridgid R4120, and Skil 3821-01.
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