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Wow.....too many guys still working on their knees with miter saw on the floor.....
1-Dewalt stand-- Have had 3 of them..decent...make sure to lock extension(s) or you'll send one through a window..not so hot for wide stock; if you don't quite lock the saw to the stand (and you think you have it..) can be kind of hairy...okay stand..tough...rugged.
2-Hitachi/Trak-Rac stand--Nice and compact;good positive locking system for the saw platform;decent accessories for the extension arms....because of the front and back extension arms you can come up shallow for,again, wide stock on the rear rail extension...also some pretty sharp edges on the profiles...also the legs splay out further than the Dewalt and you keep tripping over those legs......and when the rail extension track gets gets cheesed up with saw dust..Man, oh Man-what a nuisance...and can be hard to clean out in the track..
3-Bosch Tilt-up stand--One of my favorites....only bugaboo is the sometime problem of working with wide and or long stock....but what an absolute breeze to schleppe in and out of the trailer,the truck, up and down stairs....like the rigidty and simplicity...BIG KUDOS TO BOSCH!!
4- An oldie and sometimes a goodie---the old Sawbuck----kind of wide--hard to get through some doorways--fairly decent for loading and unloading--- but the saw itself was Mickey Mouse--I had 2 of them....Why? I liked the fact that you could cut over 18" width at 90 dgrees...you had a great table for all kinds of 'umph' (I had both the aluminum model table and the later model with the plastic-type ABS top)...the extension arms were wimpy,but broad......Now, if you could clone the lightweight and larger 'table' of the sawbuck,combine it with the simplicity of the Bosch Tilt-up stand, and then give it some extension arms with tanates-they do not need to be much longer, but a little more width and 'umph' facto would help......Basically, I'm seeing the Bosch stand with an ABS type deck or table-maybe something where you could add Bosch inserts to help with the material support-kind of like clip-in and lock accessories...sort of Festoolian in nature....
I feel that the combination of the new Bosch glide saw with a slightly broader stand,better extensions and some cool lock-in accessories you could really kick butt.
We had a really nice dedicated benchtop setup for one of our miter saws in our shop-very sweet--easy to clean--but, we were anchored to the bench.....
I think that no matter what you come up with it will beat 'Hands Down' the old days when we lugged our 10" Dewalt radial arm saw all over creation.....no wonder I've had hernia repairs...HAH!
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