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Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Miter Saw

Review of the Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Digital Miter Angle Fine Adjust

Outstanding Features and Top Notch Performance

I have to say that I am really impressed with the information I found on the Milwaukee 6955-20 Miter Saw. Milwaukee has a strong following among professional contractors and this miter saw has a very good reputation, is full of amazing features, and is reportedly very easy to use. Weighing in at 65 pounds, this is one beast of a miter saw and I found the price to be quite hefty as well. They say you get what you pay, for so let’s see what you get with the Milwaukee 6955-20.

Digital Miter Angles

The Milwaukee 6955-20 was designed to make setting accurate miter and bevel levels very easy. In addition to the 9 positive bevel stops, it has a digital miter angle fine adjust with detent override system. What that means is there is a digital display which shows you the precise angle, down to one-tenth of a degree. Talk about precision! With this digital miter fine adjust system you will be able to maintain absolute control for making accurate repeat cuts, even when working with odd-angles, as you can enter the exact miter angles you want. I’m sure there must be other miter saws with this type of digital system, but this is the first one I’ve come across.

There is also a manual bevel adjustment lever conveniently located at the front of the saw. Personally, I don’t like controls that are located at the back of a miter saw; I see it as being a major safety hazard, so the 6955-20 gets extra points from me for the adjustment lever being mounted up front. There are three positions on the locking lever: all the way down to lock, in the middle to stop selection, and to the very top for free angle selection. You can use the bevel adjustments to manually select angles up to 48 degrees on either side, right or left, and achieve accurate cuts.

Power and control

There are a lot of miter saws with 15-amp motors, and I would say that’s pretty standard for miter saws of this size and heft. The Milwaukee 6955-20 has a 15-amp, 3.3 horsepower direct drive motor, but what really makes it stand out is the fact that it can maintain a constant cutting speed under load. The constant power technology that’s utilized on this miter saw means that when you start cutting the blade will keep the same speed for the duration of the cut and it won’t bog down. The cuts you make should then be clean, smooth and have no splinters. Trim work and other projects that require fine finishes will benefit a lot from this feature.

Features & Warranty

There are so many features on this model, there’s no way I can discuss them all in great detail. In addition to the ones already mentioned, the Milwaukee 6955-20 also has a soft start motor which takes less than 2 seconds to get up to speed, which creates less damage to workpieces. It also has an electric brake that automatically stops the blade after each cut for increased safety, and the steel rails slide on ball bearing for more accurate cuts. There are still more features that I will talk about in more detail just a bit later on in this review.

Now, I love a good warranty and the Milwaukee 6955-20 comes with a pretty good limited warranty that’s good for 5 years after purchase. This warranty is offered directly by Milwaukee and in a market where many miter saws are only covered for one year, this 5-year warranty is a welcome change. It also says to me that Milwaukee is very confident that customers will be happy with this product. So far, that seems to be the case.

Let There Be Light

Milwaukee is known for integrating dual job site lights into their tools, and the 6955-20 is no exception. I like this handy feature as it helps you see your work area more clearly, especially when you’re working in low visibility conditions. The lights illuminate the cut line and work piece from both sides of the blade. Sure, this is great for keeping your cuts accurate, but I like it even more because it creates a safer working environment. When you can see what you’re doing you will, obviously, have fewer accidents. I sometimes find myself working in my shop long after the sun has gone down, and I can appreciate a tool with integrated lights in conditions like that.

A Bit Dusty

The Milwaukee 6955-20 boasts about the fact that is has an integral dust channel. This is a feature that is supposed to out-do the competition by catching up to 75% of the dust and debris that is created while the miter saw is doing what it does. The information that I have gathered on this device, however, suggests that this is not the case. Users of the Milwaukee 6955-20 have noted that the integral dust channel simply does not catch as much debris as it says it will. Ineffective dust bags are a common issue with most miter saws, and at least Milwaukee was trying to take a different approach to tackle this problem, but it still needs some work.

My Conclusion

This miter saw is clearly designed to offer more than the average 12-inch miter saw. The advanced features like the digital miter angle system, the dual integral job site lights, and constant power technology make it one of the best miter saws in its class. The price and weight are hefty and will put this miter saw out of the reach of most casual woodworkers, but for carpenters, homebuilders, and other professionals who need serious tools, the Milwaukee 6955-20 can certainly be an investment that will pay for itself over time.