Does anyone else have this saw;
Craftsman 12 inch compound sliding miter saw
I bought this saw back in November from Sears when it was on sale. To date I've not been able to get it to reliably cut a 45 or 90 degree cut consistently when using only the positive stops for the angles. Invariably I have to set the miter, make a test cut, then measure the cut to see if it's on 45/90, shy, or strong. The problem appears to be with the positive stops themselves. They don't have straight up and down sides. Instead they're angled towards the bottom of the stop. I can only guess it's so that if you release the latch it will "auto center" the table. Invariably the cuts are off .5 to 1 degree. I've done all the book says to do to get it lined up. I can get the 90 lined up (until I move it that is) but the 45s are out of whack.
I've contacted a Sears repair center and they've said that if the mechanism isn't broken, they can't help me. To me it's broken because it won't/can't cut the miters the way I need it without test cuts before. If I have to make test cuts I might as well remove the latch for the positive stop and eyeball the measurements.
So, do I need to just admit that I got a bad miter saw or does anyone know of anything I can do to make this saw more than just a rough chop saw?