If you want precision and accuracy when cutting woods for your home improvement projects, you definitely need a miter saw. Compound Miter Saw is ideal for cutting woods that requires angled cuts in two planes such as for crown molding corners and picture frames. Sliding Compound Miter Saw with horizontal sliding arms is ideal for cutting much wider boards.
If you will use it to cut metal, use only the appropriate metal blade for the right type of metal.
Besides choosing the most appropriate type for the job, you should also consider a lot of important factors before buying one. Dust management – Some models have their own dust bags, while others have a port where you can easily connect a vacuum cleaner.
Some manufacturers added special features for safety purposes, user convenience, and to produce better results. Blade guard – A curved piece of metal to cover the teeth, keeping you safe during the cutting process. Electric brakes – Reverses the flow of electricity of the saw motor once you release the trigger, which quickly stops the blade, much faster than those without this feature. Digital display – Digital LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) provide easy-to-read bevel and miter setting data. First of all, this factory-reconditioned (or refurbish) Ryobi ZRTS1142L sliding compound miter saw might have some cosmetic blemishes. But then, you will be surprised to know that it has a lot of amazing features that you can also find in expensive brands. The Repeat-A-Cut marking surface that allows you to mark fence for repetitive cuts is also a great feature, while the tool-free Blade Depth Adjustment always stays set unless you release it.
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By clicking 1 Click Bid, you commit to buy this item from the seller if you're the winning bidder. Miter saws are extremely handy for woodworking, and sliding varieties expand crosscutting capabilities even more. The crude performance of my first sliding miter saw many years ago gave me reason to believe that “sliders” weren’t accurate enough for precision woodworking.
Dust collection on a miter saw is important — they produce lots of it — so I connected an empty shop vacuum or dust extractor to each one during cutting.
After my maple plank was chopped to bits, several of these models tested impressively, but only one earned our “Best Bet” honors.
It’s easy to warm to Bosch’s unique CM10GD miter saw, because it’s loaded with friendly features — starting with the controls.
Powering up this saw’s 15-amp motor is easy for either lefties or righties: the trigger is ambidextrous, with dual safeties. Bosch broke from convention by doing away with the usual two-rail style for sliding the motor carriage back and forth.
Even with a dust extractor’s help, the CM10GD spat a rooster tail of dust into the air with every cut.
Its forward rail design and small stature enable this “Compact” saw to fit into tight workspaces. If you need to move this little saw around, its cast- aluminum frame keeps the weight manageable at 43 lbs. I noticed a bit of side-to-side play when snapping this saw’s base into nine detents for setting up miter cuts, but once the lock knob is tightened, the slop vanishes. A laser with simple, tool-free dial adjusters is provided to help align the blade to a pencil line, and its crisp beam hits the mark where it should. Unlike some companies that pack their tools with every imaginable feature, DeWALT knows what the contractor or serious woodworker wants. DeWALT provides a stop lever that parks the motor carriage at the optimal location for cutting tall moldings against the fence, “chop saw” style. Setting up compound miter cuts is easy: DeWALT locates a big bevel tilt lever on top of the rail assembly. To adjust the miter angle, there’s no twist knob: just thumb a release and swing the saw table to any angle left or right. You can buy lots of extras for this saw: table extension, crown molding fence, a laser or an LED task light system. My test saw had a few idiosyncrasies: the factory setting for the fence was too far back, which prevented the blade from fully cutting through the maple at the bottom inside corner.
For plusses, this saw has slide-out table extensions with work stops similar to Craftsman that offer almost 42″ of workpiece support — helpful!
Makita builds tools for pro users, and this LS1016L saw is designed with features that should be very appealing to them. The LS1016L has a unique rail style, too: instead of two long tubes, Makita provides four in shorter lengths.
In order to swivel the table to set miter angles, you must push the lock knob in and twist it right to loosen; it’s counterintuitive to the usual right-tightening approach, but the design is quick and effective once you get used to it. Overlapping bevel tilt scales are easier to read from in front of the saw without stooping over. Rounding out the accoutrements is a hold-down clamp and a laser guide, which was crude to fine-tune.
Slicing through hard maple 100 times over is a taxing job with any of these saws, but I have to say, it was enjoyable with RIDGID’s MS255SR. The MS255SR saw delivered exceptionally smooth, clean and consistent test cuts in hard maple.
The over-molded and comfortable grip on this saw is smartly designed: its trigger stretches the full width, and there are easy-to-reach safe- ties on both ends.
RIDGID equips the 15-amp motor with both soft-start and feedback circuitry, so you won’t be startled when you squeeze the trigger and wake this beast up. Dust collection via shop vac was extremely effective here through the tool’s 2-1?4″ port.
Other amenities include an articulated hold-down clamp with a quick-adjust button, cord wrap, dust bag and a dual-beam laser that is mod- erately helpful. For $399, this affordable, accurate and clean-cutting saw is a bargain among its peers here.
The table on my test saw swung easily up to 47° left or 52° right and locked crisply into nine detents.
RYOBI provides a bright, easy-to-read miter scale and a pointer that hugs the scale closely for improved accuracy. RYOBI’s twin-tube rails will require about 281?2″ of workbench depth for full front-to-back travel.
For other extras, you get a twin-beam laser guide, but I found it difficult to align accurate- ly with the blade, because the beams move off mark as you lower the blade into a cut.
Wide 1x or 2x lumber can be crosscut in a single pass, thanks to a sliding saw’s moving carriage.
Curiously similar to Kobalt, the fence on this RYOBI saw was also bolted just a bit too far back on the table. I often struggle between several deserving tools when selecting a “Best Bet” winner, but not here.
For more than a year now, I’ve had the good fortune of using Festool’s sophisticated Kapex 10-1?4″ sliding compound miter saw in my shop. Just for reference, though the Bosch lost points to some because of dust collection, putting the dust bag on, so dust wouldn’t shoot out the port, and just laying a four inch hose from my collector near the back of the blade resulted in almost no dust problem. I’m going to make a pair of nylon wings that block the back, with a hole for the hose, and I believe the miter will move from the most problematic stationary tool for dust collection to the least. If the Tool you are interested in is listed on the Home Depot site, like the Ridgid saw featured here, it does show country of origin.

I made the mistake of making some large 3x4ft frames without checking my saw for squareness (out of the box). I don’t find lasers much help when I can register the blade teeth off the end of a steel rule with a vernier stop.
We can assess a lot of quality of a compound slide saw by hand – checking the lateral flex in the slide and hinge and wobble in the detent mechanism, runout in bearings, etc. I am not sure why, but they don’t make a compound slider, which you may or may not be looking for. Even through most 12″ have e a 15amp motor, it just seemed the Ryobi would bog down easier. But because the name “miter” means “angled,” they are ideal for both straight cuts and angled cuts. Although much better than a handsaw in terms of making precise straight crosscuts, it does not offer any bevel option.
For safety and health purposes, it should have an efficient and reliable dust collector system, especially if you are working in a confined area. Horizontal handles are best for making long, straight cuts, while the vertical type is easier to maneuver. This includes having Laser Trac guide system that provides a laser beam, allowing you to check where the slice will go before you do the cutting. Equipped with a 15-amp heavy duty motor with a no-load speed of 4,000 RPM, it can go from 0 to 61 degrees for miter cuts and from 0 to 4 degrees for dual bevel cuts. The work clamp can easily be tightened and is also a great safety feature when cutting small pieces of wood. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. Just a quarter twist of the front lock knob releases and swivels the table for setting miter cuts, and it snaps firmly into 10 detent positions.
Instead, there’s an Axial-GlideTM system: four beefy control arms fold open and closed on six pivot points. When you need to cut long workpieces, a pair of table extensions pull out on steel rods to offer 40″ of overall support. There’s one downside to compactness, though: the table surfaces at the end of the fence are pretty small, which can make wide workpieces like my test lumber feel tippy.
A plastic throw lever in back allows you to release and tip the motor up to 47° left for bevel cuts.
Its sliding system produced offcuts that were uniform, indicating that the blade was tracking straight and true.
You may not get oodles of extras on this DW717, but what’s here brings solid performance when cutting wood. When fully pushed through a cut, the DW717 requires about 26″ of bench depth to fit the base and those jutting rails. In its basic form (shown), it sells for $449: not cheap, but still fair for a pro quality tool. And if you were curious about its performance, or wowed by its super-low price of just $179, you might have checked the Lowe’s website to read customer feed-back. It made reasonably smooth test cuts in such dense, hard material, and the offcuts were uniform for the most part. For starters, the tool has a generously wide and deep table area in front of the fence for better than average workpiece support, and a pair of nearly 5″-tall fence facings will lend good backup for cutting crown and wide base moldings. The bottom pair slide in and out from under the table, and the top two move the motor carriage on its mount. When you squeeze the trigger, the motor comes up to full power smoothly instead of jerking your trigger hand like some do.
The motor comes to life gently, and no matter how forcefully I pushed through the test cuts, it didn’t bog down. Its beams project a path wider than the blade, so this laser will get you close but not spot-on to your layout line. And the motor, while plenty powerful for all my cutting needs, doesn’t ben- efit from soft-start. You can, of course, screw a scrap facing to this fence to make it taller or to help close up the gap behind the blade (you can do that with the other test saws, too).
I needed to loosen and slide it forward a nudge so the blade would cut completely through the bottom back corner of the maple.
All in all, this wallet-friendly saw, which is available at Home Depot, neither wowed nor disappointed me. It has a powerful, variable-speed, soft-start motor, a compact design with forward fixed rails and large, easy-to-set and easy-to-read miter and bevel scales. How much bench space the Festool saved using the forward slides compared to the other designs. A 12″ is very nice to have when you need it, but it will be heavier and take up more room. Therefore, you can only use this type for simple woodcutting applications that require angled horizontal cut. Single-bevel compound miter saw tilts in one direction only, while the dual-bevel type saves you time because you don’t need to reposition your work for cutting in the opposite direction.
On the other hand, cordless ones provide convenience if you frequently travel with the tool.
Nonetheless, some special compound ones are designed to cut wood, metal, and aluminum using the same blade. Obviously, one with higher RPM can finish a job faster than that of a lower RPM, and the longer it will last.
On the other hand, some of them even have adjustable handles, which is better because you can easily move repeatedly anytime. Although the small size can be an advantage, this single-bevel saw might be too small for some cutting works such as crown molding. Equipped with a 9-amp motor that can generate up to 5,000 rpm, the molded handle is effortless to hold and control, while the motor brushes are easy to clean or replaced. Not to mention its dependable dust collector system, slip-resistant rubber feet, and a project ruler.
The 12-inch blade is being guided by adjustable laser system, making sure that you will have a perfect cut. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable.
Today’s versions have crisply locking detents for setting spot-on miter cuts, solid tilting controls for dialing in bevel settings and motor carriages that glide back and forth without a hint of slop. It offered me the chance to examine many attributes: motor power, smoothness of cut, accuracy of the rail systems and locking settings and ease and convenience of other important features. Or, squeeze a release below the knob to override the detents, then lock the override on by thumbing a switch ahead of the twist knob. Axial-Glide also eliminates the long rail projection behind the saw when ordinary sliders are pushed fully into a cut. The motor carriage rides on a pair of tubular rails that are fixed in place and project forward over the saw’s base to save front-to-back space. So, be sure to use the hold-down clamp that comes standard with this, and every other saw here. Give it a turn and flip up a second pair of throw levers, and the saw tips left or right up to 48°. It’s not the biggest bench gobbler of this test group, but other compact designs take less space.
When I swiveled the table and attempted to lock the table off of the nine detents, twisting the knob made the table creep to the right. Saw owners have remedied the problem by disassembling the feature and fixing it — it’s discussed extensively online in the reviews; the manual’s adjustment procedure won’t be sufficient.

Some, however, showed signs that the motor head might be twisting slightly on its rails when starting wide cuts. Makita also tips the motor up at a steep angle, relative to the blade; that helps it clear the tall fence when tilting to the right (it tips both directions). Makita provides two overlapping bevel scales in back, too, to help make settings easier to see from in front of the saw without craning your neck. Its pair of etched fences are a generous 43?4″ tall and slide easily open or closed, depending on whether you need to tip the saw left or right for bevel cuts. One downside, however, is that at full throw, you’ll need about 30″ of front-to-back bench space to keep from banging these rails into a wall.
RIDGID also includes a gimbal-type LED task light that swings freely inside its housing and settles by gravity. When you need to cut long workpieces, RYOBI provides a pair of steel bar workpiece supports on either side of the table that extend its overall platform to about 30-3?4″. When you squeeze the trigger, it snaps to life abruptly with a jerk at the grip (so do Kobalt and Craftsman). You can find tons of miter saw reviews online but you might still end up buying the wrong one. Dual compound one is heavier and more expensive than the single-bevel, but add convenience and produce faster results, and therefore is more practical to use if you are a frequent user. But because the additional sliding feature narrows the range of the pivot mechanism, this limits the ability to cut thicker wood. You can be sure that the adjustable laser guide can perfectly help you follow cut marks, with the help of the 7.25-in diameter blade. You can either set the machine to 45 degrees or simple select from any of the nine miter stops. Even more helpful is a front-mounted lever on the left that locks or unlocks the saw carriage so you can tip it off of vertical for making bevel cuts. Since all the sliding motion happens ahead of the control arm mount, this saw’s base takes up just 21″ of workbench, from front to back. I collected about 13.40 ounces of sawdust from on and around the saw — the poorest performance here.
Tucking the rails this way enables the saw to sit on a work surface just 19″ deep, and since they don’t slide back, they can’t bang into a wall like other moving rail designs. Also, while the fence has a tall wing on the left, it’s very short on the right side of the blade, which limits vertical support there.
If you’re trying to hold the narrow edges of crown molding against it when cutting them in the “nested” position, you’ll appreciate the extra traction that provides.
Still, the motor carriage glides on the rails smoothly, and they helped the saw’s powerful 15-amp motor peel off one slice of maple after the next cleanly and consistently. If you work in a basement shop with limited fresh air sources, the DW717 will definitely help you breathe easier.
That would be cause for me to return the tool and get another one: a miter saw should lock positively wherever you set it. I also wasn’t crazy about the trigger’s left-side safety switch: it’s hard to activate with your thumb without altering or somewhat opening your grip every time.
It doesn’t really save space — the saw measures about 26-1?2″ from the table’s front legs to the back of the posts when extended — but Makita says shorter posts help ensure against deflection.
You do get a dust bag, the tool’s port was slightly undersized for my Festool dust extractor, but it fits Makita’s dust extractor hoses.
When you do, that task is simple: the bevel tilt lock is right in front on the left, next to the miter lock lever. The saw is also a bulky 59 lbs., but two handles on top of the tool make lifting it less burdensome. Had I opted to use these saws’ standard blades, RIDGID equips their saw with a good quality Freud Diablo® 40-tooth blade.
No matter what angle the motor carriage may be at, you’ll get helpful illumination in the general cutting area. I also noticed, about halfway through the cutting test, that the saw’s electric brake was fading and taking much longer to stop the blade.
Even better, it costs $50 less than DeWALT — a saw I also really liked — while offering more standard goodies. They treated me like a circus dog and I will be taking my perfectly good Ridgid saw back to Home Depot because Ridgid does not allow you to obtain the Lifetime warranty. If you are looking for a nice home miter saw, I would go with the Craftsman. Also, for a little more money the Dewalt makes a great Miter saw. So before you waste your money, we strongly suggest you first read our own buying guide below.
With Laser and Stand Hitachi C12RSH 15 Amp 12-Inch with Laser4.4$$$Have carbon brushes and a dust bag. The horizontal handle provides added comfort, besides the fact that it is lightweight at 19 pounds. In addition, the expanded table is huge enough and provides excellent support for the wood during cutting. Most saws locate this control in back of the machine, so you must reach in back to find it. A large wing knob in back locks bevel tilt settings securely, and there are presets at 33.9° and 45°, too. And in my cutting test, the motor tracked straight and true: both square and compound angle-cuts were polished smooth, flat and uniform. It’s different from other dual-bevel miter saws, which have a drive belt between the motor and blade arbor that will eventually wear out. Once I got mine connected, this saw delivered a mediocre dust collection performance, leaving 4.45 ounces around the work area.
It’s also simple to tip this saw’s rail assembly left for beveling once you loosen a large wing knob in back. RIDGID also backs the tool with a Lifetime Service Agreement that covers all defects in workmanship or materials and normal wear items for the lifetime of the original purchaser. Well, at $1,400 street price, this saw is twice the cost of Bosch’s CM10GD and multiples the price of the three budget-friendly models here. I have been doing all they ask for over a month and I still only get the three year warranty.
I don’t trust any tool now without first checking and recalibrating everything movable.
I think you get more with these other two brands than with Ryobi miter saws, but again that’s just my opinion. Then, when cutting is done, most are reasonably easy to lift and carry from one job to the next. They’re also offset from one another vertically instead of aligned side by side, to help stiffen the motor carriage against twisting when you bear down and push through a big cut. But, if you don’t mind extra dust, this LS1016L saw made first-rate cuts and was pleasant to use.
I wish the bevel scale were easier to see from in front of the saw — it’s tucked under the saw’s dual rails — but once you find your angle, the lock lever holds it securely. Miter settings either on or off the table’s nine detents are easy to set as well: thumb a slider knob ahead of the miter lock lever to swivel the table, then push the lever down to lock. But make no mistake about it, Festool offers a premium quality slider that would be tough for a 10″ competitor to beat.

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