Homecraft H26-260L Compound Miter Saw

Review of the Homecraft H26-260L 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw by Delta Power Tools

Budget Friendly and Super Portable

Delta has been making power tools since the early 20th Century and they have earned a reputation for producing high-quality, durable and innovative products. The Homecraft line by Delta was designed to be budget friendly so a wider range of woodworkers could take advantage of Delta’s years of power tool making experience. I decided my reviews needed to include a lower cost alternative for those who might be just starting out on their woodworking adventures, or are just more budget conscious, and I determined the Homecraft H26-260L 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw would be a good choice. So let’s get right into it and see what the Homecraft H26-260L is all about.

Easy Assembly

The Homecraft H26-260L comes in five pieces which need to be assembled. Miter saws that require very little or no assembly are more appealing to me as I am not very fond of reading user manuals (this is a bad habit and you should know you will be better off reading the user manual for every power tool you have in order to get the most out of its features), but users of this miter saw say the assembly is straightforward, easy, and can be completed in as little as 10 minutes if you read the user manual and follow the clear instructions.

The design of the Homecraft H26-260L also makes it easy to mount on just about any miter saw stand. It has four mounting holes which allow you to mount it on your miter saw stand, table or other work surface. To make sure it is securely mounted, which is important for the safe use of the machine, I would suggest that you use 3/8 inch diameter machine bolts, hex bolts and lock washers. You will have to purchase them separately, as they don’t come included, but they will allow you to do a much better job of mounting the miter saw securely to your work surface. These parts can be found at your local hardware store and they’re really inexpensive. Making the short trip to purchase them (assuming you don’t already have them in your workshop) is more than worth the extra safety that using them will provide.

Laser Precision and Power To Spare

The Homecraft H26-260L comes with a laser guide system that has a red laser light to clearly illuminate your cut line. I like that the laser is red and very easy to see, as opposed to the faint line that can be hard to see under certain conditions, which you get with some other miter saws. If the light is difficult to see it defeats the purpose of having one in the first place. Not being able to see the laser is not something you’ll have to worry about with the Homecraft H26-260L as its red laser light is really hard to miss.

There are five miter stops, the degrees for locking in your angles are very clear and easy to read, and it can make bevel cuts to 47 degrees. And power? This miter saw has power. Its 14-amp motor will rotate the 10-inch carbide blade up to 5500 rpm, which is highly impressive, especially seeing as how most of the 15-amp motors on other miter saws don’t have that capability. This saw will cut through wood like nobody’s business.

Portability Plus

Mounting the Homecraft H26-260L to a stand or work table is a simple enough task, but if you need a miter saw that’s easy to transport, its weight of only 25 pounds also makes it very portable. This miter saw would be ideal for a DIYer who has jobs to do in different rooms around the house. Contractors who regularly travel to different work sites can also appreciate the portability of this miter saw, and because it’s so lightweight, almost anyone should be able to move it around without much trouble.

The Price Is Right

As I mentioned before, the Homecraft H26-260L is at the lower end of the miter saw price spectrum. Even though it is less expensive than many of its competitors, it’s still a quality machine built by a company with more than 100 years of experience. The low price of the Homecraft H26-260L means that casual DIYers and those who only have the occasional woodworking task don’t have to spend big bucks on a miter saw in order to get the power and performance that they want.

Rough Blade

As with many other miter saws, the 10-inch carbide blade on the Homecraft H26-260L is not suitable for woodcutting jobs that require a fine finish. If you’re doing fine woodwork, you’ll need a higher quality blade, but that’s to be expected.

Another feature on this miter saw that is not so great is the dust bag. It does not do a very good job of dust collection, but again, this is a common problem with miter saws. I would recommend that you get a shop vacuum if you don’t already have one.

Affordable, Portable and Powerful

The Homecraft H26-260L has three big selling points: its weight, its power and its price. This isn’t a miter saw for serious woodworking professionals due to its limited cutting capacity of 4.5 inches, but it definitely has all the power and precision needed for most projects taken up by casual woodwokers and DIYers.