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While reading your review of sliding compound mitersaws in issue 256 (October 2018), I was fascinated with some of the improvements in this technology. But the margin note on page 45 about the first slide saw is incorrect: The first one was actually the Rockwell/Delta Sawbuck, and I worked on it during its development and introduction in the late 70's and early 80's.
The Sawbuck was the precursor of the whole slide-saw genre. We used front and rear trunnions that required the user to slide the wood in from the side. (The Sawbuck is still the only saw capable of a 16" crosscut.) Our customers loved it because it was the first “radial-arm saw” that could be easily taken to a job site. It had its own wheels and stand built in so you could roll it in and set it up quickly.
Hitachi, which was developing tools specifically for construction instead of woodworking shops, eclipsed the Sawbuck when they introduced the open front sliding mitersaw by utilizing linear bearings. Other tool companies followed suit, and Delta finally launched an open-front saw in the 1990s.
So there you go, an unrequested history lesson from someone that lived it.
Photo: Phil Stevens, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.