HF 12" SCMS Model 69684 dual bevel

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  • HF 12" SCMS Model 69684 dual bevel

    First I want to express that the saw will be used for home repairs/remodels.
    I am not a woodworker by trade, so those in the professional business of woodworking may have a completely different opinion of this saw. The saw takes up a large area from front to rear. With the saw in the return position, the total distance from front to rear is 45 inches. There is nothing in the manual regarding the use of the laser guide. It appears that two items on the laser have been improved from the previous 12” sliding compound miter saw. First, the light is very bright and I had no problem seeing it on the wood. The second is it appears the laser operates on the 120 volts, as I am unable to find any battery compartment. The downside is that I am unable to turn the laser on unless the saw is running. I removed the stock blade and installed a top grade blade prior to use. I set the saw up according to the instructions and it went very smooth. I did not find the noise level of the saw to be uncomfortable. The fence is adjustable, but is too low (2-5/8”). I plan on building a base with fences at 4-1/2” high. The saw cuts a 4x4 without the need to rotate it. I made some sample cuts at 90 deg, 45 deg miter and bevels. I cut flat wood, and some crown molding. The cuts were clean and precise. There was no lateral movement in the base, and I did not experience the saw moving out of alignment. I found the saw to work very well for my needs, and at a sale price of $119.99 made it a great deal.

    Harbor Freight 12" sliding compound miter saw
    Model: 69684
    Specs:
    D-Handle
    Dust collector
    Dual linear slide rails
    45 deg tilting blade
    Double bevel
    Rotating, lockable table
    Detents @ 0, 15, 22.5, 30, 45
    Adjustable sliding fence
    Blade guard
    Trigger activated laser guide
    Aluminum base
    Clamp assembly w/extension wings
    Volts: 120 ~ 60 Hz
    Amps: 15
    Blade speed: 3,800 RPM (belt driven)
    Arbor: 1 inch
    Straight cut @ 90 deg: 3-1/2" x 13-3/8"
    Miter cut @ 45 deg: 3-1/2" x 9-1/2"
    Straight bevel cut @ 45 deg: 2-1/8" x 13-3/8"
    Compound cut @ 45 deg: L/R 2-1/8" x 9-1/2"

    • dbhost
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      How is that saw holding up for you so far? I have been very tempted to relegate my older model HF 12" slider to my nephew, and then upgrade to this double bevel model.

    • BadeMillsap
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      I've been using the HF 12" scms in my shop for several months now. I built a large fixed to the wall table /station for it... It DOES take a lot of room. I've used it for rough cutting lengths and a number of critical 90degree cuts in Cypress and Oak all with very good results... I know there are higher quality scms 's out there but I've been very satisfied.

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    • RAV2
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      RAV2 commented
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      Mine came with a laser (that was useless) and I installed a laser washer. I have mine on a Ryobi Miter SUV.

      A little bit of a challenge to get all the angles square.

      Mine has a slight design flaw that results in the guard needing to be moved upward in order to allow the head to be dropped to make a cut. I put a spacer at the end of the travel of the guide arm for the guard and this fixes it (but needs to be readjusted often).

      Can't be beat for the price for a weekend user. Replaced the 10" from HF I had for a few years but wanted deeper cut capacity.
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