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Sliding mitre saw - big or small?

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recipio

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I would say get a 12" saw and put a quality blade into it. You can cut mitres vertically up to about 100mm or more which saves having to tilt the saw over to 45". If you are not tilting the saw then you can put on a ply fence with zero clearance which makes it a lot safer for cutting small pieces.
I have a Milwaukee with the digital display ( sadly not made anymore ) and a set of brushes lasted about 10 years with occasional use so there is a good argument for induction motors. They are messy machines even with extraction so if starting from scratch again I would design some kind of totally efficient dust extraction. A 'Chopsaw hood ' is available online which relies on gravity to collect the dust - the compromise is an ever expanding unit taking up precious space.
 

Sporky McGuffin

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I bought one of these for mine - looks ridiculous, stupidly expensive, but my word it works. 100mm dust port on the bottom; pretty much nothing escapes.

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Doug71

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I have a 10" saw and have rarely needed to cut anything above it's capacity.

Mine gets moved around a lot so I like the fact it's easily portable.
 
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