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Reviews of the Top Miter Saws

Hi my name is John. Welcome and thank you for stopping by to have a look at my miter saw site. I am a woodwork enthusiast (to say the least) and I started out on a quest to find the perfect miter saw to replace the one that I have been using for the past 3 or 4 years. I did consider getting the same model, but I wanted to see what else was out there just to make sure that I wasn’t missing out on a great saw because I was conditioned only to work with a certain one.

So my search for the perfect miter saw started and I was overwhelmed by all the different options and information available. That’s when the light bulb went off in my head that I could create my own website, write about a topic that I enjoy and help others at the same time. Genius! So that is basically the story of how this website got started. I hope that I have done what I set out to do…provide you with the most relevant and useful information about miter saws, all in one place.

  • Miter Saw Buying Guide

    If you are a woodworking novice, or just not sure what type of miter saw you want or what features you should look for, I would recommend that you start with my miter saw buying guide. Here you will find information explaining the different types of miter saws, the jobs they are best suited for and all the popular features that they will normally come with. LEARN MORE

  • Miter Saw Reviews

    There are many miter saws available to choose from but I have done all the hard work and research for you by picking out the best ones and thoroughly reviewing each of them. In this section you will find all my detailed reviews so that you can see what each miter saw has to offer and make an informed decision as to which one will work best for you. LEARN MORE

  • Miter Saw Stand Buying Guide

    It’s a good idea to get a miter saw stand to use with your miter saw and, as there are many option to choose from, I have put together this handy miter saw stand buying guide for you. In this guide I will look at all the features that you will typically find on a miter saw stand so that you can determine which ones will be of most value to you. LEARN MORE

The Best of the Best

I am aware that some of you will already have a pretty good idea of the type of saw that you want. As my objective in making this website is to make it easier for you to find valuable information about the best miter saws available I have compiled a short list of the ‘Best of the Best’ miter saws. This list should help to narrow it down for you but if you need more information you can also check out my miter saw comparison table as well as the full miter saw reviews.

Best Sliding Compound Miter Saw Overall

And the award for best sliding compound miter saw goes to the DEWALT DWS780. This durable and precise miter saw gives you the capacity to cut up to 16-inches because of its double bevel sliding function. As if that wasn’t enough, DeWalt also designed the DWS780 with a super bright LED light to help you make the most accurate cuts possible.

Best 10-inch Saw for Beginners

I have named the Makita LS1040 as the best 10-inch miter saw for beginners because it is a powerful and accurate saw that is also lightweight and affordable. The Makita LS1040 was designed for precision and because of its low price tag; I think it is ideal for beginning woodworkers who want a quality miter saw that they can use for a wide range of cutting jobs for an affordable price.

Best Compound Saw for the Money

I chose the Homecraft H26-260L not only because of its low price, but also because it was made by Delta and they have over 100 years of power tool making experience. They certainly know how to make quality tools and the Homecraft H26-260L is packed with useful features like a laser guide system and portable design which makes it a miter saw that I think gives you excellent value for an affordable price.

Best Miter Saw for Fine Woodwork

If you are looking for a miter saw that can be used to do finish carpentry and other fine woodwork, you will want to take a look at the Makita LS1221. Unlike many other miter saws that only come with a standard rough cut blade the Makita LS1221 has a top notch 32-tooth carbide tipped blade that is capable of making quality cuts for fine woodwork projects like framing and cabinetry.

Most Compact Sliding Miter Saw

The Bosch GCM12SD is the most compact slide miter saw because of its patented axial glide system that not only gives you more control when cutting materials, it also frees up more of your workspace because it doesn’t use a traditional rail set up. Its design also requires a lot less clearance space and can save you up to 12-inches of workspace making it ideal for use in small or cramped workshops.

Best Portable Lightweight Miter Saw

Weighing in at only 25 pounds the SKIL 3317-01 gets my vote for the best portable miter saw. This lightweight saw is also easy to set up, use and store. When you need to move your miter saw around a lot, all those qualities become super important. To top it off, even though the SKIL 3317-01 is so light, it is also featured-packed with an extension table, laser guide system and a carbide tipped blade – everything you will need to get your precision cuts while you move around from jobsite to jobsite.

Best Commercial Grade Sliding Saw

For me the Festool Kapex KS 120 is by far the best miter saw that I have reviewed overall. It offers unmatched performance in a compact and portable design. With a dual laser guide system for super precision cuts and impressive 91% dust collection ability, there is little more that you could ask for in a power miter saw.

Most Innovative Miter Saw

With innovative features like its compact glide system and its exclusive laser guide system, the Hitachi C12RSH rightfully earns the title of most innovative miter saw. Hitachi is known to be an innovator and leader in the industry and the C12RSH is only confirmation that they still have what it takes to make quality, leading-edge miter saws. The Hitachi C12RSH is also ambidextrous and this allows you to be more flexible when you are using it.

Safety First!

Safety is very important when working with power tools like miter saws. After all they do have blades that are capable of cutting through woods as well as flesh. I would prefer if you keep your flesh out of the mix, however, and so in this section you will find the most common safety features available for miter saws. I will also share some safety tips that will help your workshop to be a better environment to work in. LEARN MORE

All About the Blade

The blade is one of the most important parts of a miter saw. Depending on what type of woodwork you want to do, you may find it necessary to use different types of saw blades. The blade that you will want to use for cutting fence posts will not be ideal for cutting frames or trim. My saw blade tutorial will explain the things you should look out for when choosing a miter saw blade, which blades are suitable for different cutting tasks and the main differences between the most common blade types. LEARN MORE

Popular Features and Options

There are many different features and options that you can get with your miter saw. Depending on your needs some will be more useful than others. In this article I will look at the miter saw features that I find to be most helpful and explain the cutting jobs that they are best suited for. LEARN MORE

It is my sincerest wish that you find the information on this website to be helpful and that after visiting, you feel confident enough to make a decision as to which miter saw is best for you. I have covered all the angles and cut through all the sawdust, now it is time for you to go get your miter saw and produce beautiful woodwork.

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