Best Miter Saws of April 2017: Reviews & Buyers Guide


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There’s something to be said about reading miter saw reviews, purchasing, and then your tool producing the exact outcome you expected.

Fortunately, that’s what you’re doing now, and we’re going to tell you the Miter saw options that you need to choose from. No questions asked.

You want a miter saw that provides perfect cuts on almost any type of wood? Good, you’re in the right place.

Top 5 Miter Saws

Types of Miter Saws

BasicCompoundGlide / Sliding CompoundCordless
A “basic” miter saw lacks a bevel option, resulting in limited cut ability. A basic miter saw is capable of handling crosscuts as well as miter cuts. They are typically light in weight and extremely easy to manipulate when compared to hand saws. Basic miter saw’s are very affordable, I purchased mine from Home Depot for around $118. These are a great option if you plan to do basic things, but don’t need the ability to do a bevel cut.

Our Recommendation: Hitachi C10FCE2

Compound miter saws differentiate from basics in that they are capable of handling both single and dual bevel cuts, making the quite flexible. Crosscuts, miter cuts,bevel cuts, and a combination of either should be no problem.

These are slightly more difficult to operate, but produce a higher level of detailed result, also causing them to fetch and increased price. If you need bevel cuts, start here.

Our Recommendation: Dewalt DW715

These stand out when compared to a standard compound miter saw in that they feature all of it’s capabilities as well as a sliding arm, essentially allowing it to cross cut much wider pieces of material than a locked compound would allow. They are quite versatile, but fetch the highest price when compared to other types of miters. You will see these used by professionals and heavy duty jobs.

Our Recommendation: Dewalt DW715

Simply put, these are a miter saw that operates off battery, rather than a cord. Great for working in spaces where electricity isn’t accessible.

Our Recommendation: Dewalt DCS361B

Best Rated Compound Miter Saws


Hitachi C10FCE2: The budget friendly option

71Hijqitv3L._SL1500_One of the most affordable miter saws in existence as well as one of the most versatile, it will cover almost any cut that an at-home carpenter will need to make. It’s motor is quite powerful (15 amps with 5k RPM), which should have no issue cutting through wood.

Plywood, hardboard, 2×6, pine, this should be able to handle it all just fine. It also meets many of the criteria points we recommend using when shopping for your miter saw including positive miter stops, and engagement lock. It’s bevel range is capable of rotating up to a 45 degree angle and uses a 10 inch blade. Overall it is very easy to use, produces quality cuts, and is extremely affordable compared to the market.

Likes
  • Perfect for beginners
  • 45 degree angle bevel cut
  • Very powerful
  • Budget friendly

Dislikes
  • May require upgraded blade for more detailed projects

Dad’s Note: If I needed a miter saw, but was on a budget this is the one I’d pick. You get the toy, and your wife doesn’t fret too hard over your bank account. Besides, now you can builder her a nice farm table.

DEWALT DW715: Editor’s Top Pick

51sL-KnayULThe Dewalt brand has been around for almost a century. My father used them, and now I do as well. They are the go-to power tool company for many contractors and construction works, and have rightfully earned a solid reputation for their durability and effectiveness.

The DW715 is a 12 inch blade compound, so it’s larger and able to handle even larger cuts of wood than a 10 inch blade saw.  Also featuring a 15 amp motor, it’s quite powerful. Dewalt has also tacked on their standard warranty which helps provide trust for the consumer. The DW715 can handel between 0 to 50 degrees turned either way, as well as an adjustable handle, and a built in carry handle.

Likes
  • Stacked with features
  • Miter & cross-cutting capability
  • Ready to go right out of the box

Dislikes
  • Poor quality dust bag, should consider replacing if need be.

Dad’s Note: If you aren’t on a budget,and are willing to pay for quality. This is your pick and the one I have voted as “editors top pick”. Quality bar none, but it is more expensive.

What To Look For When Purchasing

Ability To Easily Change Blades

Can you imagine spending $200 or more on a saw, work with it till the blade gets dull, and then not being able to change to a fresh blade? Believe it or not it happens. Sometimes blade release mechanisms are just absurdly complex. You need to find a saw with an easy replacement capability.

Laser Guide

It’s absolutely not a necessary feature, however my miter Ryobi miter saw has it, and I quite like it! Spend some time to calibrate it before making your final cuts, and it will help guide you to a nice clean cut. The key here is to spend the time to calibrate the laser.

Saw Dust Collection 

Seems pretty common sense in this day and age, right? You don’t want saw dust spewing all over your work zone. Most miter saws worth their salt in this day and age will have a dust catch that the saw dust funnels into during an active cut. Typically it will have a small pouch or bag that stores the dust, when you’re done just empty and repeat!

Electric Engagement Break

I actually consider this a must-have feature, for your own protection. Basically, you need a miter saw that requires a button pressed for activation of the saw blade rotation. When you release that button, the saw blade needs to come to a stop. This is what we call the engagement break.

Motor Power

Another common sense one, know what material you intend to cut through, and make sure the saw that you’re purchasing can handle it. This shouldn’t be a concern for 2×4, 2×6, however it’s a different story when you start cutting huge fence posts or metal.

Positives Stops

Simple, these are the preset notches that exist on your miter’s bevel adjustment area. They help you to make clean bevel cuts and basically allow you to work more efficiently without sacrificing quality.

Locking Ability

My Ryobi has a locking ability where my child can’t come over and start powering it by pulling down the handle. IMO any saw around the house needs to have this.

Frequent Asked Questions

Should I buy a 10 or 12 inch miter saw?
How much do replacement miter saw blades cost?
Can I use a 10 inch blade with a 12 inch saw?
How do I know when to change my blade?
Can I miter saw be used to cut ferrous and non-ferrous metal?
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Russ Kannigan
 

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