Author Topic: Milwaukee 2734 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw  (Read 1486 times)

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Offline nms

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Milwaukee 2734 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw
« on: October 05, 2017, 10:29 AM »

I've been on the hunt for a good alternative to a Kapex and my mind keeps wandering back to this one released a year ago.
Nice that it's got the LED blade shadow cut line indicator as they never need adjustment and it throws a lot of light on the cut area.
47lb with a battery is a nice weight for portability. Dust collection mediocre.

I'm really looking for something accurate, mostly for cross cutting a lot of 2x4, 2x6, and 1x4 up to 1x12.

I was looking at the Makita LS1019L, but suspicious of the blade deflection / head tracking issue I keep hearing about and wonder if it's related to the way the rails are oriented on it vs the typical side by side rail layout in Kapex and others. It seems like there would be more chance of side to side movement with the Makita. Maybe I'm better off just going with a 12" non-slider for accuracy and cutting 1x12 with my tracksaw? I hate how much time it's taking to find something I'm more confident in buying!

« Last Edit: October 05, 2017, 10:31 AM by nms »

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Offline Steven Owen

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Re: Milwaukee 2734 10" Sliding Compound Miter Saw
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2017, 06:03 PM »
It looks like a decent design for anyone working onsite with minimum access to power.  The 9.0 Amp batteries cost a small fortune.

They copied a lot of ideas from the Dewalt 780; the fit and finsh is not on par with the CNC aluminum parts are the 780.  The fence on the 780 is better design with less play.  They probably made those design compromises to keep the weight down in field use.

You really need to check all of these construction grade saws for misalignment and production mistakes regardless of the brand.  Bosch, Makita, Dewalt, Milwaukee all have bad batches.

I had to trade my my first DW 782 for a 2nd machine at Lowes.  The first saw had a warp in the rails that caused drift.  The second saw was only out by 1/64.  I managed to correct it with a wood peckers triangle at home. 
« Last Edit: October 24, 2017, 01:39 AM by Steven Owen »
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