One of my favorite unique features is the digital miter readout combined with a microadjust/detent override. The scale reads in tenths of a degree, is highly accurate, and is easily repeatable.
My other favorite is the bevel lock setup. On the back of the saw is wide lever, shaped more like a paddle, that you pull up. Pull it up halfway, and the bevel will stop at the 9 standard stops. Pull it up all the way for infinite adjustment from zero to 48 degrees.
The 6955-20 also has a depth-of-cut adjustment so you can cut dados and trenches. It’s never going to replace a dado on a table saw, but in a pinch on the job site, it’ll do.
The miter and bevel scales are stainless steel and easy to read. Dust collection is much better than most, with a shroud behind the blade that leads to an outlet behind the saw, where you attach a very large collection bag. The shortcoming of this system is the outlet isn’t round so it’s hard to attach any kind of vacuum to it.
The very different looking horizontal handle is comfortable, has no safety, and is easily triggered with either hand. And another convenience is the two built-in lights, one on each side, that light up the cutting area extremely well. Combine the lights with the clear blade guard, and visibility is very good. Good enough you won’t need a laser (which this saw does not have).
The power is supplied by a 15 amp, 3.3 hp maximum direct-drive motor with soft start and constant power control to maintain constant speed under all load conditions.
The fences are tall, to support large stock like crown molding. The left fence slides but for some bevel cuts, you have to remove the right one. Apparently the motor housing will hit it if you don’t take it off. And another related issue is this saw doesn’t come with any clamp or vise to hold the material in place. Just about every other saw in this class does.
|Arbor Size:||5/8 -in or 1-in|
|Miter Range:||55 degrees Left to 60 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 , 55 degrees , Right-0 degrees , 15 degrees , 22.5 degrees , 31.6 degrees , 45 degrees , 60 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:||76 lbs.|
|Tool Weight:||65 lbs.|
As I said at the top of this article, the Milwaukee 6955-20 is a heavy duty saw and going along with that classification, it’s big and it’s heavy – 65 pounds. It’s really not a great job site saw, in my opinion. At least not for the average sized person. Yes, it has some cool features and yes, it’s from a manufacturer we all know and respect. But….
When researching to do a review of a tool, I like to read as many user reviews as possible – those are the REAL reviews. And a great thing about the Internet is it’s all out there to be found.
I found a lot of reviews of this saw, both users and reviewers. But what I discovered is that none of them – either type – was written in the past year or year and a half. A lot of users rated this saw highly, even though most had some complaint(s) about it and I thought that was interesting.
Then it struck me that since they were written, other new competing saws had hit the market. Better, more advanced machines, like the Makita LS1216L. The point is, when the Milwaukee 6955-20 dual slide compound saw came out, it was “state-of-the-art” and the best out there. Not now.
To be honest and realistic, for about the same price, unless you’re a big fan of the Milwaukee name, I think a person is better off buying the Makita.
Where to buy the Milwaukee 6955-20 Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
If you’re considering purchasing a Milwaukee 6955-20 we highly recommend going to CPO Milwaukee. This is a web site devoted entirely to Milwaukee tools, so you can rest assured they know them well.
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