I sometimes wonder if reviewers are writing about the same tool I am. This is one of those times.My experience with this saw is satisfying. I built a roll around stand with folding extensions on each side, bolted it down, tweeked it and installed a Irwin 40 tooth blade I picked up at Lowe's for $25. The accuracy after adjusting was good, as the magazine's reviewer found, cut quality was good and is limited by the blade design and quality. The return spring gave me no problem (bolted down, remember) and dust collection with a shop vac is less than adequate, but I believe they all are. I'll fix that next. I got mine with a 20% off coupon making the price $80. I would truly love to have a Bosch (I have Boch routers and sanders) but I don't have $500 to spend on one. This saw is a marvelous buy. One has to consider the price, but with care in set up, and by choosing a quality blade (I would LOVE to have a Forrest but see the beginning of this paragraph) this saw is just as capable for the amature woodworker as anything else. BVuying a more expensive tool will not necessarily make one a better woodworker. Good results can be achieved with this saw if one is careful--but the same is true of more expensive tools.In the end, I'm aware of its limitations, I work within them, and I have $400 left over to spend on wood. I like it and think it is a great deal.Fussy
I find this Chicago Model 90891 10" sliding compound miter saw to be somewhat worse than you did. The motor stalls easily. The blade guard doesn't work; they sent a replacement, but it is no better. I tried out the action of the saw in a store, and the blade guard didn't work there either. So I use it without a blade guard, which is frightening. The support in back often hangs up or somehow falls off the table, causing the saw to jam or tilt backward. Because the vertical return spring is very strong, the saw wants to lift out of the work and jump toward the operator. A horrible tool, even for $100. In comparison, I also have the Chicago Model 41168 10" sliding compound miter saw, a completely different design. It also cost only $100, and it is OK. Everything works safely. The motor is underpowered, and smells very peculiar when it bogs down. The dust chute doesn't catch as much swadust as I'd like, even with a vacuum attached, so the bearing runner gets choked with sawdust. It is a fine buy for a homeowner with a light touch, or for use in a high-theft area. Although I have used it for years, the smell (and occasional white smoke) from the overburdened motor make me doubt its logevity.