12-in. Compound Miter Saw 36-255L - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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12-in. Compound Miter Saw 36-255L

Delta - 12-in. Compound Miter Saw 36-255L

Delta’s 12 in. compound miter saw features a laser line and and sliding fence for extended stock support.

$300 (As of 7/1/2004)

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Editor's Review:

by Mike Guertin

review date: July 1, 2004

Dual adjustable lasers mounted on the blade housing mark both sides of the kerf.

*The Porter-Cable 3802L is identical to the Delta 36-255L, so it was not included in our test.

Editor Test Results:

Runout N/A
Accuracy of Cut N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Delta
Manufacturer's Web Site www.deltaportercable.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-223-7278
Crosscut Capacity 8 in. at 0°
Maximum depth of cut Upright: 4 1/2 in.
Maximum width of cut 45° x 45°: 5 1/2 in.
Maximum Miter/Bevel 47° left and right/45° left
Double Bevel No
Horsepower N/A
Amps 15
Volts 120v
Blade Size N/A
Blade Type 40- tooth carbide
Blade Tilt N/A
Product Warranty 2 years
Laser Dual

I bought a 10 inch version of this saw a few years ago. I haven't used it much. When I went to make a couple of window frames, requiring precision cuts, I found the saw performed VERY poorly. After making a few adjustments, I got it to cut square one direction but would still cut a bevel even after trying to adjust it about 10 times. That's when I discovered the blade had over a 1/16 inch of play. That is, the spindle moves in and out 1/16 inch. I will never get this saw to perform well enough to do ant type molding work. I'm thoroughly dissatisfied with this saw and will never purchase another delta product. Had I noticed this problem when saw was new, I would have returned it immediately. When I buy a replacement, I will be sure to check for play in the blade and make some precision cuts to check for accuracy. Hope this will help others.

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