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I've been using DeWalt's 12" slider and stand for about 6 years. They are bulletproof and hold up well to hard use.
With regard to the stand:
- The extension arms are neither long enough to provide proper support to 16' trim boards, nor strong enough to support treated 2x boards, 6x6, etc. In other words the stand does not support the work the saw was built to perform.
- The adjustable stops each have three tiny knobs to make vertical and lengthwise adjustments (in most cases the stops are fixed to the end of the arms and length adjustments are made by moving the arm, but they can also be positioned on the extruded body of the stand). Ideally there should be no need to adjust vertically as there would be no appreciable sag in the arms. If it is provided, it should be quick and absolute, with something like a one-handed cam-operated clamp.
-The supporting surface of the stops should always be parallel to the saw's table, and the flip up stops should always be perpendicular to the fence.
-All threaded fasteners should be stainless to allow for reliable operation (we work in the rain sometimes).
-The flip up/down feature for the stops is great.
-Fold up/down legs are great, and the handle on the underside of the body makes it much easier to carry. And speaking of carrying, I'm too old to carry heavy anymore, so either make it very light in weight, or the best way is for it to have wheels. Wheels should be capable of rolling over construction debris and up stairs. Air-inflated always work best because they are more resilient and will roll over debris more easily. The biggest joke on our jobs is the tool (Shop-Vac) with wheels that won't roll over its own power cord - what a waste.
-The body of the stand allows the saw to be positioned anywhere on its length when using DeWalt's saw base. This is very helpful when working in tight spaces as it allows the saw to be repositioned to make a cut with the needed support or to get the wood to clear something or someone without having to move the whole stand.
-Knobs and levers should be easily operated by someone wearing gloves in cold weather, and with reduced hand strength. Not many craftsmen are 20 years old.
-A length-of-cut control system similar to Incra's tablesaw fence would be priceless - accurate and repeatable. Flip down a lever, slide the arm to the required length, flip up the lever to lock the arm, and cut. Not everyone on the job reads a tape the same way, and many don't intuitively know what 13/16 is, or worse yet, when I say give me 13 + 1/32, I'm never sure what I'll get. Add to that some guys will cut your line if you mark it for them, and some will leave it. For me it's about accuracy and control. This system would be the ultimate solution.
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