This saw, like its sliding brother, comes with a couple of great features I particularly like. First is the digital miter angle readout. It’s coupled with an over-ride of the standard detent mechanism and gives you fine miter adjustments. It’s claimed to be accurate to 1/10th of a degree. Working in any environment where things aren’t exactly square (which is every structure ever built) this is a life saver.
The other feature I really like is the paddle-shaped bevel release lever. It’s a 3-stage lever: pull it part way up and it releases the bevel lock and lets you go to the next standard setting. Pull it all the way up and it totally releases and lets you go to any angle you want. Push it down again and it locks the bevel setting.
The miter and bevel scales are stainless steel and easy to read and the odd-looking handle/trigger is comfortable and easy to use with either hand. And it has two built-in lights, one on either side of the blade to light the way. As a few buyers who have reviewed this saw suggest, other manufacturers would be wise to include this feature on their saws.
When you combine the lights with the clear blade guard, you get excellent visibility at your cut point. Even in bad lighting.
Most buyers have said this saw comes out of the box ready to use – no adjustments necessary. Although you’ll probably want to upgrade from the 60 tooth OEM blade, especially if you plan to do any trim work.
Both Milwaukee miter saws have a depth of cut stop system that allows you to cut trenches or dados and that would be handy if you need to notch a stud for a pipe or something.
The power comes from a 15 amp, 3.3 hp max direct drive motor with both soft start (to eliminate jumpy starts) and electronic speed control to maintain blade speed at any load.
For dust collection, the 6950-20 has a shroud behind the blade that picks up sawdust from both sides of the blade and routes it to a chute behind the saw. It comes with a large cloth bag that hangs from the chute.
Overall, this is a very precision, solidly built and heavy duty saw and is quite easy to operate. Plenty of power and a good selection of features. However, it also comes with the same drawbacks as the sliding model.
1. The Milwaukee 6950-20 has no laser guide (which may or may not matter to you) and surprisingly, both models lack any kind of hold-down clamp for your material. Milwaukee doesn’t offer one and there’s no way to mount one.
2. While the left fence slides for bevel cutting, the right one has to be removed to bevel right-to-left. Why they didn’t make that one slide too, I’m not sure.
3. A common complaint from buyers is the weight and bulk of this saw. At 55 pounds, it’s heavier than some dual bevel sliding saws, such as the Makita LS1216L at 52 pounds. And it’s bulky: As one buyer said, if you have to carry this saw around an inside job site, you’re going to build some muscle and ding some walls. The size also means you need lots of space to set it up and use it. So the conclusion is, it’s not really a great job site saw, but good for a shop.
4. Another commonly mentioned shortcoming is the dust collection setup. While it may work well if you’re set up with it on a saw stand where the bag can hang freely, if you’ve got it on the floor or on a big table, it kinks the bag so the dust can’t get in it.
5. Also, the sawdust outlet on this saw is rectangular so there’s almost no way to adapt a shop vac or dust extraction system to it. If you had some suction working, this would be a great design. Two years ago Milwaukee said they’d be coming out with an adapter to connect a round shop vac hose but I can’t find it on their web site.
|Arbor Size:||5/8 -in or 1-in|
|Miter Range:||52 degrees Left to 52 degrees Right|
|Bevel Angle Range:||48 degrees Left to 48 degrees Right|
|Miter Stops:||Left-0 degrees , 15 degrees , 22.5 degrees , 31.6 degrees , 45 degrees , 52 degrees , Right-0 degrees , 15 degrees , 22.5 degrees , 31.6 degrees , 45 degrees , 52 degrees|
|Bevel Stops:||Left-0 degrees , 15 degrees , 22.5 degrees , 33.85 degrees , 45 degrees , 48 degrees ,Right-0 degrees , 15 degrees , 22.5 degrees , 33.85 degrees , 45 degrees , 48 degrees|
|Ship Weight:||64 lbs.|
|Tool Weight:||55 lbs.|
Even though most of the buyer reviews I found were 1-1/2 to 2 years old, I have to go along with what these people say. And most of them say that regardless of a few shortcomings and drawbacks, this is a pretty good saw. Like I said though, it’s not really a good portable job site tool so I have to qualify my endorsement. I’m giving the Milwaukee 6950-20 Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw 4 stars.
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