A good solid foundation on which to operate your miter saw can significantly improve the outcome of your cutting work. A good miter saw stand will provide you with a solid foundation, but like with anything else, you’ll find the good, the not so good, and the downright flimsy.
You need to know what to look for when you start looking for one and, fortunately, you’ve come to this website where you can find all the research I’ve already done for you. I’ve compiled a list of the most important factors you need consider when buying a miter saw stand. And without further ado, here they are:
If you are going to keep you miter saw stand in a stationary location, your workshop for example, portability isn’t really going to be an issue for you. If you will regularly need to carry it to jobsites or to different locations around a jobsite, however, the portability factor is going to be very important. This section is for those of you who need that portability.
The main factor in determining how portable a miter saw stand is going to be is, of course, its weight. If you need to constantly be putting the stand in and taking it out of your work vehicle, it’s a good idea to get one that’s pretty lightweight (like the DEWALT DWX723) so you won’t have as much hassle transporting it.
Weight is not the only factor, however, that determines the portability of a saw stand. There are several models that have wheels which allow them to be moved around quite easily if what you need is to move it around a jobsite frequently. There are others for which the wheels can be purchased separately, so if you find a great stand that doesn’t have wheels and you really want them, make sure you find out if you can get them separately and put them on yourself.
The third aspect to portability is the size of a saw stand. If you’re going to have to carry a saw stand around, you’ll want to make sure its size will be comfortable to carry. That usually isn’t a major concern unless you have to move it up and down staircases, but depending on the job, that could be a possibility. The other reason size can be an issue is transportation and storage. Some of them fold down very easily, making transportation and storage a breeze, and others might have to be completely taken apart, so the size and design can be a major determining factor.
Versatility and Capacity
You may need to use different saws for different jobs, and a good miter saw stand should be versatile enough to work with any saw you are using. Most stands are made be used with a variety of saws, but always check to make sure the stand you are considering will work with the saw (or saws) you have. You don’t want to purchase a stand only to find out you can’t use it with all your saws, and there are plenty of choices in stands so you can certainly find one that will fit all your needs.
In addition to making sure a stand is compatible with your saw(s), you also need to be sure it can handle the materials you work with. Some miter saw stands have the capacity to handle as much as 500 pounds of material, which is great for really big jobs, but you may not necessarily need one with such a high capacity. For most woodworking projects, a miter saw stand with a capacity of even 300 pounds should be more than enough. You also need to take into consideration the length of the materials you typically use and make sure the miter saw stand you want is able to accommodate them. The HTC PM-4000, for example, can handle materials up to 10 feet long, while the Bosch T4B can support up to 18 feet of material. Spending more than you need to on a stand that has a lot more capacity than you will ever need is just a waste of money, but some high capacity stands can be found at a great price, so put some thought into what you really need and then go compare prices.
Ease of Use
A miter saw stand is a relatively simple piece of equipment. Basically, you set it up, secure your miter saw to it, and start cutting. Some miter saw stands come with additional features that aren’t always easy to use, or aren’t actually even very useful, so don’t get tricked into believing that just because a stand has a lot of extra bells and whistles that it’s better. This doesn’t mean that additional features are bad, I’m just saying you should make sure they will actually be of use to you and that they are easy to use, before you spend extra money on a stand just to have them.
On the other hand, there are some miter saw stands that have features which are actually geared towards making them easier to use. Pneumatic wheels for example, are a feature that will make the stand easier to move over different types of terrain that can be found on jobsites. Features like this can actually make a miter saw stand easier to use, so be sure to read products reviews and see if the features work as they should.
If you are going to invest in a miter saw stand, you want to know that you’ll be able to use it for quite a long time, whether you use it as a stationary stand in your workshop or as a portable stand that gets moved around from job to job. For this reason, you will want to look for a saw stand that is well made from strong, durable materials. Most miter saw stands are constructed of strong tubular steel and personally, I would settle for nothing less.
Factor In The Features
There are a lot of saw stands on the market for you to choose from, so be sure you take into account the above factors and how important they are to you. As always, do some research on the stands you favor most and read what other users have to say about their experiences with them before you make your decision. A good miter saw stand is something you will, ideally, have for a very long time so take the time to make sure you get it right the first time.