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As a remodeler, I build everything from finished basements to business offices. Given the decent availability of power at my job sites, the latest offshoot of cordless technology that’s been applied to miter saws struck me as a rather expensive option I could do without. Even so, I understand the need. Someone has to build malls and office buildings where the nearest working outlet might be a hundred feet away. There are also carpenters who have to trim out tract homes where several trades spend their workdays fighting over one or two outlets. Plus, everyone wants to spend less time setting up, and eliminating cords is a big help. Even though I’ll admit to being skeptical initially, I’ve had a few months to use the half-dozen cordless sliders — some full-size 10-in. and 12-in. models, some smaller 7-1⁄4-in. and 7-1⁄2-in. models — currently on the market. Consider me a convert. I found the smaller sliders useful as a superportable second saw, and the larger ones could even replace your corded slider.
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