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Ironton 10 in Multi-Sliding Compound Miter Saw

A miter saw is a must have for any DIY enthusiast. These saws feature a base, sometimes called a base plate, that holds the material you want to cut. The blade of the saw attaches to a handle that you can bring down to cut through that material.

When working with a miter saw, you should always use safety gear like goggles to protect your eyes. Even if you have the right gear, you may still find yourself confused at all the options there are for miter saws today. Our top choice is the Makita EK6101, which functions as both a power cutter and a miter saw and comes with features like a 4.4-horsepower motor and a design that reduces vibrations.

How to Choose the Perfect Miter Saw

Compound Miter Saw

A compound miter saw is slightly different from a traditional miter saw because it features a tilting blade. This helps you make angled or beveled cuts when using two pieces of wood together. A compound miter saw is especially useful for cutting crown molding.

Blade Size

You always want to take a look at the blade size on one of these saws. Many feature a blade size of around 7-1/2 inches, but you may find some models with a 10-inch to 10-12-inch blade size. A larger blade can generally cut through wood faster.

Dust Bag

Choosing a model with a dust bag can help you clean up faster. This bag typically attaches to the back of the saw and provides the dust you produce with a place to go. A good dust bag can accommodate up to 75% or more of the dust produced and come off easily for cleaning.

Scale Markings

Take a look at the scale markings on each model to get an idea of how easily you can use the saw. These markings should have clear letters and numbers that you can easily see and scales that include fractions. You may need to cut boards in smaller increments than standard measurements.

Adjustable Fencing

Fencing acts like a guide that sits on top of the saw. You can place your boards flush against this fencing to keep the wood secure as you cut. A good miter saw will come with fencing that you can adjust to accommodate wider, thicker or longer pieces.

Blade Guard

Accidents can occur at any time, but a good blade guard will prevent some of those accidents. This guard should sit to the side of the blade and keep your hands from coming in contact with the blade as it spins. Some models also come with a blade cover that you can use for covering that blade when you store the saw.

Carbide Blade

Many blades feature stainless steel or another type of metal with carbide tips. Carbide added to those tips extends the life of the blade and ensures that you can cut most common wood types.

Ease of Replacement

No matter what type of miter saw you buy, make sure that you look at how easily you can replace the existing blade. You may need a replacement blade when working with harder woods or because you want to use the saw with metal. It has an easy replacement system, you’ll waste less time.

Corded or Cordless

Weigh the benefits of both corded and cordless miter saws. Cordless models give you more range but need regular charging. Corded models do not require charging but will require a nearby outlet.

Makita EK6101 14-Inch 61 CC Power Cutter

When is a miter saw more than just another miter saw? When it’s this power cutter from Makita. Designed for professional applications, it comes in handy in any workshop too. Its powerful blade can cut through even the hardest of woods and can also cut through concrete and other hard materials.

Unlike miter saws that require you use the attached cutting surface or base, this saw has a portable design that lets you use it anywhere you need. It has a large metal blade on the front and a simple handle on the back. The saw also features a second handle near the center that gives you precise control over where you cut.

Despite its larger size, this saw weighs less than 20 pounds and is easy to carry. Its Stratified Air Scavenging system reduces the amount of fuel you use by up to 20% and recovers some of the fuel that other saws waste. Its air intake system, which works with its air filter, does a good job of forcing out debris to extend the life of that internal filter.

This saw features springs and a capacitor that reduce the kickback when you first power on the saw. Makita also designed this saw with the motor in the front, which helps the saw absorb the vibrations produced as you cut to help you keep working without your hands shaking. Fewer vibrations and an easier start make this model great for all types of jobs.

DEWALT DHS790AB FLEXVOLT 120V MAX Double Bevel Compound Miter Saw

DEWALT is one of the top power tool brands, and this compound miter saw from the company shows why so many people look for this brand name. It is part of the FLEXVOLT line of tools and comes with a rechargeable battery. This battery works with all other FLEXVOLT tools and automatically changes its voltage based on the type of tool you plug it into and use.

You also get a 120-volt AC adapter that lets you use this miter saw as either a corded or cordless saw. When plugged into an outlet, it automatically charges the battery. You can then unplug it from the wall and use the battery to power your saw.

With full power, this saw can do more than 280 cuts before you need to charge it again. DEWALT added a brushless motor that can not only do more cuts at once but can last longer too. You can use this miter saw for years before you need to replace it.

A unique blade positioning system lets you change the position of the blade based on the location of your board. An adjustable free line cutter is perfect for creating free-form cuts. You can actually move this cutter to create unique or angled cuts.

The saw also has a detent plate that lets you make cuts of up to 60 degrees in one direction and 50 degrees in the other direction. With the taller fences, you can work with crown molding and longer boards.

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Whether you work from home or work in the field, this DEWALT miter saw is perfect for you. It comes with a handle that gives you control over the saw and how the blade moves, but that handle also allows you to grab the saw and take it to any site. While the miter saw has a heavy-duty design, it’s lightweight enough for carrying.

This model comes with an integrated system for easily setting up your lines. This system uses XPS positioning for more accurate cuts. As long as you follow the line you set, you’ll create cuts that are smooth and level without any cutouts along the edges.

The enhanced motor designed for this miter saw is a 15 amp motor that produces up to 3800 rpm. That fast speed and high revolution count move faster through any wood board. DEWALT designed that motor with lasting power in mind, and you can rest assured that the motor will last for years.

Other impressive features include a detent plate made from stainless steel that has 10 built-in stops for making beveled cuts. As a double bevel saw, you can make beveled cuts on both sides of this plate.

The saw also comes with a back fence that is exclusive to DEWALT miter saws. This fence can accommodate longer pieces of lumber. This fence also lets you make cuts of between 45 and 90 degrees in your boards.

Bosch GCM12SD 120-Volt 12-Inch DB Glide Miter Saw 

With durable fencing on top and a comfortable handle, this Bosch miter saw will help you finish any project faster and easier than you thought possible. You actually get two fence pieces that are part of the company’s Squarelock fencing. The fence pieces sit at a 90-degree angle to the saw, and you can adjust those pieces easily.

Unlike other saws that will only work with shorter boards, this one has an expanded cutting capacity. The saw can accommodate up to 6-1/2 inch vertical boards and up to 14-inch horizontal boards. Sliding those boards away from the saw extends your work area.

To reduce some of your general discomforts, Bosch added an ergonomic handle. This handle has a built-in trigger that you squeeze to power the saw. The ergonomic shape of both the handle and trigger molds to the natural shape of your hand to let you saw all day long without feeling any cramping or pain.

With a 15 amp 3800 rpm motor, this saw can help you complete projects faster than you might believe. That powerful motor can make quick work of any board and significantly reduce the number of times you need to go over the same board or piece of wood.

As a double bevel miter saw, this one can also create angled cuts in pieces of crown molding for making custom pieces for your own home or your clients. The blade rotates to better accommodate those pieces.

Makita XSL01Z LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw

Makita gives you even more room to work with two extensions that actually pull out from either side of this saw. Made from metal, each extension adds several inches to your workspace and creates a flat surface that can hold your boards in place. Those extensions let you use the saw with thicker and longer boards.

Clearly marked measurements on the base of the stainless steel detent plate make using this saw easy. Located right in the center of the saw is a flat area that holds your wood. A knob on the end lets you adjust the placement of that center piece to follow those measurements.

When Makita decided to make a portable miter saw, it looked for ways to reduce both its size and weight. This model weighs less than 24 pounds when you take out the rechargeable battery. The top handle, which you use when carrying it, has an ergonomic design that reduces fatigue on your hands.

Its rail sliding system features four pieces of heavy-duty metal that slide across the top of the saw. Once you place your board on one of those rails, you can adjust and move the rail to ensure that you get both the angle and depth that you need.

This model can accommodate boards of different sizes, but the exact size depends on the degree you select. It works with larger boards at a 90-degree angle than it does at a 45-degree angle.

DEWALT DW717 10-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Thanks to its double-sided design, you can actually use this DEWALT model and cut boards on both the right side and left. Designed with both convenience and ease of use in mind, it comes with a built-in detent plate that has a total of 11 stops on it. That plate is also adjustable for moving your board to the specific angle or measurement you want to use.

This corded model works with any outlet and delivers more power than most cordless models can. Compound Miter Saw It uses 120 watts to power its 15 amp motor, which is capable of delivering 4000 revolutions per minute. That higher rpm rate is helpful when working on larger projects and when you want to get work done faster.

Instead of stable fencing that doesn’t move, this DEWALT model comes with taller adjustable fencing. That fencing can work with both standard pieces of wood and molding pieces. You can use it for cutting both base molding and crown molding as well as trim pieces.

A central line running down the center of the plate acts as a guideline and gives you a line to follow to make straight cuts. If you need more accuracy, you can add the optional laser light system from DEWALT, which gives you a bright red laser light that you can follow. This miter saw also works with most of the miter saw tables available from the manufacturer.

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