Tool Test: Craftsman 10″ Sliding Miter Saw

Craftsman 10" Miter SawThis inexpensive compact saw performs surprisingly well.

by Christopher Schwarz
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When sliding miter saws first hit the market, they could cost as much as a decent table saw. So I was shocked when I saw the price tags on the new line of miter saws by Craftsman (starting at less than $200).

Surely they must be terrible, inaccurate and shoddily made.

So I bought one that is ideal for making furniture: The 10″ compact slide miter saw (model No. 137.407530), which was $229 on that particular Saturday (watch for sales). I have a small shop, so I wanted a saw that had a small footprint but lots of cutting capacity.
The saw is remarkable for its price. It has a few compromises and bits I don’t like, but overall it’s affordable, accurate and well worth owning.

The 10″ sliding saw can handle a 2×12 (and then some) and a 4×4. The maximum crosscut I could make on 4/4 stock was 131⁄2″. That’s fantastic. The saw is no wuss – it plowed through white oak with little complaint. And it can make dead 90° crosscuts once you tune it up. Plus, it can make compound cuts (the head tips only to the right), which is nice, though it’s not a feature often called for in the furniture shop.

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Web Site: Craftsman.com
Online: See the other saws in this line from Craftsman.

From the February 2016 issue, #233
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