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12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
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10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
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15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
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15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw
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RAGE3
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Good

Excellent XPS alignment system. Effective dust collection. Folds into a compact package.

Battery-powered alignment laser. Decent blade. Affordable price.

Wide range of presets. Excellent build quality and accuracy. Five-year warranty.

Great for cutting large-section lumber. Folds down for easy carrying.

Able to cut metal. Lightweight. Includes many helpful features. A versatile, popular tool.

Bad

Steep price. On the heavier side (56 pounds).

Occasional complaints about build quality. Does not have the bevel stops that some competitors do.

Rare complaints about defective products. (Warranty should cover these.)

Expensive. Few extra features.

Poor dust collection. A slower motor (2,500 RPM).

Bottom Line

A stellar tool with a great range of options and phenomenal accuracy. The best on the market.

An inexpensive miter saw that would be suitable for many DIY fans.

Lightweight and powerful, this budget-priced saw is easy to use. The highest quality for the lowest price.

A robust, accurate tool with a high price.

Although not a pro-grade tool, this reliable saw is set apart by its ability to cut metal.

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Best Miter Saws

There are hundreds of different compound miter saws around – and an equally wide choice of features – which makes choosing the right one a complicated task. Should you buy a cheap saw and hope it's OK, or should invest several times as much in a prestigious brand? Is paying top dollar a guarantee of quality, or could you end up with a questionable product no matter what you spend?

The miter saws on our elite list can cope with just about every cutting task thrown at them. All are good, and each will suit the needs of different people. The only question now is which one is right for you. Our finalists are:

Products we considered

DEWALT
12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Homecraft
10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
Hitachi
15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
DEWALT
15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw
Evolution Power Tools
RAGE3

Considerations

Power & Capacity

Most modern brush motors are efficient, durable units, but you'll want to be sure the motor in your saw is capable of handling the work you need to do. You'll also want to check maximum cutting sizes.

Flexibility

Is a single-bevel miter saw what you're looking for, or do you need to make sliding compound cuts? Just what kind precision does each saw provide? What presets are there? In this part of our ratings, we look at what each saw offers to make your work easier.

Features & Performance

In this section, we rate the "extras" each saw offers and examine how these tools perform in real-world situations, incorporating feedback from actual owners.

Price

In this section, we get down to dollars and cents. What is the all-around value offered by each finalist? What are the pros and cons of each tool?

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Power & Capacity

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

Delta Power Equipment's Homecraft H26-260L miter saw is powered by a 14-amp motor running at 5,500 RPM. Others may offer a little more power, but nothing in this review runs faster, and nobody complains that it's not up to the job expected of it. Maximum capacity is quoted as 4x4 or 2x6 at 90 degrees and 2x6 when cutting bevels. One owner said the supplied horizontal clamp won't take 2x6 lumber (maximum was 5.5 inches). That may be true, but most users have a variety of clamps for different jobs, and there is sufficient cutting width in the saw.

Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

The Hitachi C10FCE2 10-inch compound miter saw has a 15-amp motor which, with a few exceptions, is more or less the industry standard. It runs at 5,000 RPM. The manufacturer supplies surprisingly precise maximum material sizes (2 5/16 inches in height and 5 21/32 inches in depth). Those figures might make you think that the Hitachi wouldn't cut 2x6 lumber, but those are nominal dimensions; actual material size is usually more like 5 1/2 inches, so you should be OK.

DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

At first glance, the 4,000 RPM you get from the 15-amp motor on DEWALT's DW715 Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw might seem a little slow. With the larger blade, however, you've actually got speed at the cutting edge that is similar to that of the Delta Homecraft and Hitachi. While the extra two inches in diameter might not seem a lot at first, it makes a big difference in terms of the saw's capacity. According to the manufacturer, the DW715 will cut 5 1/4-inch crown moldings, 6 1/2-inch base moldings, and 2x8 lumber.

Evolution Power Tools RAGE3 10-Inch Multipurpose Cutting Compound Sliding M

The Evolution Power Tools RAGE3 10-inch Sliding Miter Saw employs a 15-amp motor that runs at 2,500 RPM. That's notably slower than the other motors in our ratings, but that's because it's tuned as much for its metal cutting abilities (more on that later) as it is for wood. Our research didn't turn up any customers who complained about its wood-cutting abilities. What's more, the slide means you'll get much greater capacities than you would with a fixed miter saw. The RAGE3 will actually saw up to an impressive maximum of 3x11 3/4 inches.

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Miter Saw sports a 15-amp motor that runs at 3,800 RPM. It's a big beast with capacities to match, though the way the company explains the maximums is a bit confusing. DEWALT quotes the saw's largest capacities as 6 3/4 inches (vertical) and 13 7/8 inches (horizontal). However, it will actually cut up to 2x16 when set at 90 degrees and can cut 2x12 with the head at 45 degrees. Note: if you need to achieve these sizes, you do have to remove the back fence, so you'd definitely want to find another way to maintain your material's stability while you cut.

The DEWALT DWS780 is a big beast of a miter saw with a 15-amp motor that runs at 3,800 RPM.
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Flexibility

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

In theory, if you can miter and/or bevel between 0 and 45 degrees, you can create any compound angle you need. While each saw provides this as a minimum, many offer a variety of presets to make cutting common angles easier (and changing between cuts faster).

The Homecraft H26-260L will bevel up to 47 degrees and has 45 degrees of miter rotation to the right and left, with detents (grooves for quick positioning) at 0, 15, 22.5, 30, and 45 degrees. While these are convenient, several owners said they weren't very positive to engage. The disadvantage with a single-bevel saw like the Delta Homecraft is that the head only tilts to one side. It can still achieve all the angles you need, but you have to move the workpiece (and re-check it) rather than tilting the head. As a result, it's not as quick. The fixed fence offers basic support and, if necessary, can be unbolted.

Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

The Hitachi C10FCE2 is a single-bevel saw. Bevel angle is a maximum of 45 degrees (which is really all most people would ever use), but miter angles go out to 52 degrees on either side. It has the same detents as the Delta Homecraft (0, 15, 22.5, 30, and 45 degrees), but the Hitachi gets compliments for how easy it is to engage these angles and how quick and simple the thumb-operated locating knob is. The extended fence is drilled so you can add custom-built extensions, and it can be raised up to four inches to accommodate taller material.

DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Like the Homecraft and Hitachi, the big DEWALT DW715 is, strictly speaking, a single-bevel saw. (In addition to the 48 degrees of left movement, however, it will also tip three degrees to the right.) The DEWALT benefits from four different bevel stops for faster setting of regularly used angles. These stops are hardened steel, so they'll withstand a lot of use without slipping. This saw will miter to 50 degrees on both sides and sports eleven detents in a stainless steel plate, allowing users to set all common angles quickly. The fence is pre-drilled and is particularly tall. It also slides on the left so you can maximize cutting depth without the head bumping into it (a problem that frequently occurs with cheaper miter saws).

Evolution Power Tools RAGE3 10-Inch Multipurpose Cutting Compound Miter Saw

The Evolution RAGE3 is another single-bevel saw. In addition to its 45-degree tilt, it has a pull-out stop at 33.9 degrees specifically for crown molding cuts. Miter travel is 45 degrees to the right and left, and there are detents for 0, 15, 22.5, 30, 31.6, and 45 degrees. Not all angles are available on both sides, which a few owners have found a bit inconvenient. However, this is a minor problem at most, and it's relatively simple to get the compound cut you need. Like the Delta Homecraft, the fence is functional (but nothing more).

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

One of the biggest advantages of the DEWALT DWS780 is the fact that it's a dual-bevel saw. Along with the ability to tilt either left or right up to 49 degrees, there are also positive stops (both sides) at 0, 22.5, 33.9, 45, and 49 degrees. Add mitering to 50 degrees on either side and a 10-position stainless steel detent plate, and you've got a tremendous range of presets readily available. Not all angles are available left and right, but with dual beveling, it doesn't impose any restrictions. Like the DEWALT DW715, the DWS780's versatile fence is tall and pre-drilled, but on this model, both sides slide to give plenty of clearance – even when making compound cuts at dramatic angles.

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Scott
Do-It-Yourself Guru And Carpenter

Scott completed his first woodworking project in the 5th grade, and he’s been an avid woodworker ever since. For the past 46 years, Scott has enjoyed remodeling homes, building custom cabinets and mantels, installing hardwood floors/trim work, and many other unique projects.

Considerations

Features & Performance

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

Before we get to individual comments, a couple of notes about miter saws in general. First, all miter saws are supplied with general-purpose blades – usually with carbide tips. They're great for all kinds of lumber, framing, etc., but if you regularly work with hardwood or composites, it's a good idea to change to a blade that's better suited to the task. Second, there are few saws in this world that arrive perfectly aligned and completely accurate. Even if they left the factory in perfect condition, there's always the chance that they could get knocked around in transit. You should expect to spend an hour or so checking things over and making adjustments so the saw is set up properly. This might seem like a pain when all you want to do is start cutting, but in the long run, it will save you a lot of time and trouble.

You probably wouldn't expect much in the way of extras with a cheap miter saw like the Homecraft H26-260L. The only stand-out feature is the alignment laser (which is powered by battery). Users seem divided as to whether this is actually worthwhile, but when properly set up, many think it is a useful guide for accurate material positioning. Most owners are perfectly happy with the Homecraft's cutting performance. Many who use it around the home/ workshop compliment it for its light weight (25 pounds). It's not a professional tool, but DIYers say it copes well with the majority of tasks.

Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

If you're looking for clever features, the Hitachi C10FCE2 may be a disappointment. Apart from its hold-down clamp (which many prefer to the horizontal clamp fitted to the Homecraft), the only features of note are the Hitachi's comfortable elastomer grip on the handle and the extension bars. There is a Hitachi version with a laser, but that costs more, and we want to focus on showing you that it's possible to get a high-quality miter saw on a budget. Hitachi claims that the C10FCE2 is the lightest in its class, though at 26 pounds, it's actually one pound heavier than the Homecraft. Nevertheless, 26 pounds is still fairly easy to move! Owners are delighted with the amount of power it produces and how easily it cuts. One or two said the dust collection isn't particularly good, but in our experience, that's a common complaint with miter saws of all kinds.

DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

The DEWALT DW715 comes pretty much "bare," but like the Hitachi, a useful extension bar is included with the package. This miter saw isn't about bells and whistles; rather, it's about power, capacity, and repeatable accuracy. Most owners say their DEWALT DW715 arrived accurately set up and ready to go. At around 40 pounds, this saw is a good bit heavier than the Homecraft or Hitachi. It's big, but it folds down neatly when you want to carry it. In use, it handles large sections of hardwood with exceptional ease. Some owners complain that it doesn't come with a laser, but we have yet to find a DEWALT owner who isn't impressed with the DW715 Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw.

Evolution Power Tools RAGE3 10-Inch Multipurpose Cutting Compound Sliding Miter Saw

The Evolution RAGE3's blade is its "main" feature, but several other useful bits and pieces are provided: horizontal and vertical clamps, extension bars, a sliding stop that is particularly good if you're cutting repetitive lengths. The saw's adjustable height makes it suitable for grooving, and there's a laser guide. At 39 pounds, it's not particularly heavy, either. What sets this saw apart, though, is its ability to cut metal. It's not unusual for people to cut light aluminum sections with a miter saw, but most would never dream of putting steel through one! Well, you can put steel through the RAGE3; it has a blade that's specifically designed to cut wood, plastic, aluminum, and mild steel. So does it perform to expectations? According to the vast majority of owners, it does – with a couple of provisos. First, it's not a pro-grade tool. (A dedicated metalworking saw would leave a cleaner, more accurate finish.) Second, if you're cutting round tube, it's essential to ensure that the tube is properly secured. If not, the blade could spit it out, potentially causing a nasty accident.

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

As with the single-bevel DW715, much of the DEWALT DWS780's focus is on accuracy and productivity. However, there are several points worth noting. First is the saw's weight. Despite its tremendous capabilities, it weighs only 56 pounds. Like its sibling, it folds down very neatly to make transport as easy as possible. The DEWALT DWS780 Double Bevel saw is also quite good dust collection. (This is unusual for a table saw.) However, the stand-out element is the saw's XPS alignment system. It uses what DEWALT calls an "ultra-bright" LED (rather than laser), and not only does it provide precision guidance for where the blade is going to cut, it maintains that accuracy . . . even if you change blades. When it comes to cutting ability, the durable DEWALT DWS780 is regarded by both amateurs and professionals as one of the best tools on the market. There have been criticisms of the slides in the past, but judging by recent feedback, this is an area that DEWALT has effectively addressed.

Owners of the Hitachi C10FCE2 miter saw are delighted with the amount of power it produces and how easily it cuts.
Considerations

Price

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

At $95, the Delta Homecraft H26-260L definitely rates as a cheap miter saw, but is it any good? Yes, it is. It's fair to say that it hasn't been made with the most robust of materials, but it's perfectly adequate for most jobs around the home. Granted, the Homecraft doesn't have the bevel stops that some miter saws do, but with a bit of care, you can still set any angle necessary. One or two owners have reported issues with build quality, but most problems should be covered by the product's three-year warranty. With a decent blade, a laser for accurate cutting, and plenty of power, owners are generally very satisfied with their purchase.

Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

If you're looking for a high-quality, 10-inch miter saw at a bargain price, the $119 Hitachi C10FCE2 is tough to beat. (If you want the laser-guided version, it will cost a bit extra, but woodworkers have been doing without that technology for a very long time. Many feel it's not worth the trouble.) The Hitachi is made well and has a wide range of presets for fast, accurate work. Not surprisingly, the Hitachi saw is very popular and attracts much praise. A small number of products have had defects, but our research detected no regular customer complaints. The product's impressive five-year warranty should resolve any breakdown issues.

DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw

The DEWALT DW715 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw is an impressive tool, but it costs a steep $219. This robust tool is is very accurate, and its capacities are top notch. For the majority of consumers who debate between a 10-inch and 12-inch miter saw, however, the price is probably a little too high. That said, if you can afford it – or if you need to cut a lot of large-section lumber – you'd struggle to find a better tool. The primary complaint from owners is that it doesn't come with a laser. The product warranty lasts for three years.

Evolution Power Tools RAGE3 10-Inch Multipurpose Cutting Compound Sliding Miter Saw

Currently priced at $199, the Evolution RAGE3 is a competitive proposition when you consider the capacities allowed by the slide. It's got a laser guide, variable depth, and plenty of detents to make setting quick and easy. As a woodworking saw alone, it would be well worth considering – and that's without the metal cutting! True, it's not a professional metalworking tool, but if you have occasional need to saw through aluminum and/or steel, it's difficult to find anything with the all-round benefits of the RAGE3. Although dust collection is poor (as it is with most miter saws), owners praise its ability to cut so many types of material reliably. Like many competitors, the product warranty is three years.

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

Strange as it may sound, $599 for the DEWALT DWS780 is actually a great value for the money. Indeed, other sliding compound miter saws with the same capacities can easily cost twice as much! Most owners are impressed with the DEWALT's accuracy straight out of the box. Its XPS guide system is one of the best available, and the range of detents and bevel presets offered make it a breeze to set up. A small number of users have reported an issue with sticking slides, but this is not a recent problem; it appears that the manufacturer has taken care of it. Overall, it seems that the three-year warranty is hardly ever needed for this stellar product.

This DEWALT DWS780's accuracy and repeatability are further enhanced by its widely acclaimed XPS alignment system.

Best of the Best

Each of our five finalists is a good tool, but there's no doubt that the best miter saw of them all is the DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw.

This is a premium product from one of the best names in the industry – a company with an unrivaled reputation for quality. If a 12-inch sliding compound miter saw is on your wish list, there's very little that competes. The 15-amp motor is powerful; the standard, multipurpose blade is excellent; the capacities are impressive. With the clever sliding fence in place, you've got up to 6 3/4 x 13 7/8 inches. With it out of the way, you can slice through lumber up to 2x16.

Professionals and keen amateurs appreciate the fact that, although this tool weighs 56 pounds, it folds down to a surprisingly compact package and is thus quite easy to move around. Whether you work from a dedicated bench or a patch of floor, you'll love the huge variety of presets and detents: four on the right (and left tilting bevel); ten more for mitering. This tool's accuracy and repeatability are further enhanced by its widely acclaimed XPS alignment system.

No miter saw is perfect, but the DEWALT DWS780 comes close. About the only complaint it used to get concerned the slides, but we haven't seen those recently, so it would appear that DEWALT has done something about it. Talk to owners now, and the feedback you get includes comments like "Wonderful!" and "Flawless!" Carpenters in particular tell us that it's the "best in class." We entirely agree.

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If a 12-inch sliding compound miter saw is on your wish list, there's very little that competes with the DEWALT DWS780.

Best Bang for Your Buck

The Best Bang for Your Buck award goes to the Hitachi C10FCE2, but the competition was close. There's little wrong with the affordable Delta Homecraft; it's a strong contender. The Evolution RAGE3, with its great flexibility, is also hard to ignore. If you want a 12-inch miter saw at a bargain price, the DEWALT DW715 could also be a serious consideration.

At a cost of just $119, however, the Hitachi combines high quality with top performance. It will cope with just about anything you throw at it. The Hitachi's motor, with its tungsten carbide-tipped blade, is equal to any other in our ratings. At 5,000 RPM, it's got enough power to cut through lumber up to 2 5/16 x 5 21/32 inches. (This is actually good enough for nominal 2x6 material.) It's just as capable with hardwood and composites, and there are plenty of material-specific blades available if you work with a particular type of material regularly.

The Hitachi's build quality is excellent. With a solid underlying structure that helps maintain its accuracy, the tool weighs only 26 pounds; it's completely portable. Set-up is straightforward. It will bevel to 45 degrees and miter to 52 degrees on either side. Detents are at 0, 15, 22.5, 30, and 45 degrees to speed things up when you're cutting popular joints. The fence is usefully tall, but it's also pre-drilled if you want to fix custom fences to it. No laser guide is included with this particular model, and many owners are perfectly happy working to a pencil line – but if you really want a laser guide, Hitachi offers a miter saw with this feature for just a little more money.

What you get when you buy the Hitachi C10FCE2 is a great miter saw for a budget price. The manufacturer's confidence in this product is underlined by a five-year warranty. You simply won't find a better deal than this!

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The Hitachi C10FCE2 Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw combines high quality with top performance. It will cope with just about anything you throw at it.
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