I'm not seriously shopping yet, but I'm looking at replacing my $99 Delta Shopmaster miter saw with something a bit better, but I still need it to be relatively small and lightweight, so I can store it in a cabinet when not in use. I'm more interested in accuracy than capacity. If I set the saw at an angle, I want it to stay there until I change it. I don't do a lot of flatwork, so I have a hard time justifying one of the higher-end models.
My curiosity was piqued the other day when Barry Richardson posted about a hot deal on this saw for $99. Of course, I started looking around a bit more and saw this one. I like the additional width capacity the little 8 1/2" slider has compared to the 10" non-slider, but I wonder if it would be as accurate. On the other hand, the 10" saw has a 15 amp motor and the 8 1/2" saw has a 9.5 amp motor. Then to add to the confusion, there is this one that's got a 10" blade for not much more money. (It's a recon, but I've had good luck with reconditioned tools.)
Is an 8 1/2" SCMS too small to be worthwhile?
Is it likely to be dead-on accurate, even on wider cuts?
It is likely to be more accurate than a 10" slider?
Is 9.5 amps enough HP to power an 8 1/2" blade through 2" stock?
Is there something else in the same relative price range that you'd suggest?