I have been thinking of buying a new miter saw. Maybe cordless, maybe corded. All I know is that 1) I want good dust collection, and 2) I want a smallish footprint, and 3) it MUST have an LED shadow-based cut-line guidance system.
Shadow cut-line guidance system?
Like on this Milwaukee saw.
Or this Dewalt.
With such a system, there are lights above or on both sides of the blade, throwing a shadow across the workpiece.
The shadow shows you exactly where the cut will be, and is perfectly sized to the kerf of the blade when the blade is lowered and placed in contact with the work during setup.
I love this type of system for two reasons. First, you never need to calibrate or realign it, like you might have to do with a laser. Second, it works so well. It’s simple, but effective.
The Dewalt DWS780 was the second saw I had experienced LED shadow lighting on. The first? A Dewalt 10″ saw with retrofitted “XPS” lighting module, which seems to have been discontinued a few years ago.
But casually browsing retailers’ sites to re-familiarize myself with current miter saw options, I came across an older corded Milwaukee model.
This saw, model 6955-20, a 12″ dual bevel slider, dates back quite a few years – at least 10 years. There are a few reviews in 2008, and there’s an Amazon listing (which is what caught my attention in the first place) with a 2004 “date first available” time stamp.
I had been under the impression that this was a Dewalt technology that was adapted by other brands in recent years, most notably Milwaukee and Ridgid, as far as I’m aware.
Finding out that Milwaukee had something similar going back to pre-ToolGuyd days? Well, now I’m confused.
So, for those of you have been using miter saws with LED shadow-based cut-line guidance systems for far longer than I have, which brand came out with it first?
Update: Milwaukee equipped their miter saw with an LED worklight first, but Dewalt was first to use an LED light as a cut-line indicator.