Are you searching for the best miter saw on the market?
I have reviewed the most popular miter saw models and after reading this article you will know my recommendations.
Check out the quick list below for links to customer reviews and prices for my best miter saw picks, or read on for the full review:
- Dewalt DWS780 12″ Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Dewalt DWS779 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Delta S26-262L Shopmaster 10″ Miter Saw with Laser
- Delta 26-2250 12″ Dual Bevel Sliding Cruzer Miter Saw
- Hitachi C10FCG 15amp 10″ Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
- Genesis GM1015LC 10 inch Compound Miter Saw
- Dewalt DW716XPS Compound Miter Saw
- Makita 10 inch Compound Miter Saw
- Doit Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Wen 70716 10 inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Having a great miter saw around ensures that when you need to make certain cuts in wood that you will be able to do it quickly and easily. Thanks to how durable and powerful these saws are, as well as how portable they tend to be, they are a great option for anyone who is looking to cut on the go. I know that choosing the best miter saw for your use can be completely overwhelming. Because I have already done all of the research necessary to choose a great miter saw, I have put together this guide to help you make the decision about which one is right for you.
There are a few things that you need to consider when looking for a miter saw so that you can be sure you choose the right one. Not only do you need to consider the size of the saw, as this will play a huge role in what you are able to cut and how easily you can use your new saw, but you also have to consider the type of cut that you want to make.
Miter saws will vary in what they are able to cut and what they are best used for. Sliding miter saws, for example, generally have a large cut capacity, but cost more and aren’t always as durable as stationary models. They are great for decking, large framing jobs, and woodworking.
Dual-bevel miter saws, on the other hand, are great for DIYers who want to easily cut crown molding or build furniture. They make it easy to keep the orientation of the board the same way each time you cut, which can really speed up the process.
Benefits of Having a Quality Miter Saw
Miter saws come with a lot of advantages, making them great for avid DIYers and for contractors to use. One advantage is that they are generally really flexible and portable so that you can take them with you on the go. They also don’t have a lot of kick back, which will decrease the likelihood of you becoming injured when using your new saw. Beginners can really benefit from this increased safety.
Another advantage is that the miter saw allows you to make clean and very accurate cuts. This is especially true on smaller pieces of wood, other saws will not provide such a neat and clean cut, which can lower the beauty and value of your finished work.
Features to Look For
When shopping for a miter saw, I think that there are a few things that you need to be on the lookout for so that you can find the right saw for your needs. Since every saw is going to have different features, educating yourself is important.
One of the most important features are the positive stops on the saw. You want to make sure not only that you choose a miter saw with plenty of positive stops so that you can easily control what you’re cutting, but also that you can easily switch between them. Thumb-activated stops allow you to quickly and easily control your saw.
Another great feature that you will want to consider when shopping for a miter saw is a dust collection system and how much dust it will be able to capture and remove from the air. A great system will help prevent you from breathing in a lot of dust while working and will decrease the amount of cleaning that you have to do when you’re done cutting.
Beginners may be interested in opting for a miter saw that has a laser guide on it. These can make it really easy for new woodworkers or DIYers to see exactly where they are going to be cutting, which will reduce waste and frustration. If you’re not sure that you want this feature, then choose a saw that has a laser with an on/off switch.
Getting the Most Out of Your Miter Saw
Using a miter saw is fairly easy. After measuring and marking your wood, you will start by lining up the blade on one side of the mark, completely removing your hands before starting the blade. It can take a moment for the blade to come to full speed once you squeeze the switch.
When the blade has reached top speed, slowly lower it through the board until the cut is complete, and then turn off the blade. Wait for it to stop moving before raising it, as this will prevent you from accidentally cutting yourself or making another, unintentional, cut in the wood that you have been working on.
Even though the miter saw is relatively safe to use, you still have to be careful when using it to make sure that you don’t get injured. I recommend that you make sure that all guards are in place before turning on your saw, and never wear loose clothing or jewelry that could get caught in the blade.
Additionally, use both ear and eye protection at all times, even if you are only making one or two small cuts. Finally, always take the time needed to clamp or hold all material securely when you’re cutting so that it doesn’t slip out of your hands.
Best Miter Saws
I have had my share of miter saws over the years and I’ve had some truly great saws. Whether you are searching for the top sliding compound miter saw, double bevel, compound, or even a cordless sliding compound miter saw I have reviewed the top models on the market for performance, quality, and durability.
Dewalt DWS780 12 inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
DEWALT is known for producing high-quality equipment, and this miter saw is no different. It features a powerful motor so that you can easily cut through anything, as well as a great dust collection system that will capture more than 75% of the dust you create, which ensures that you don’t have to deal with cleaning up a huge mess when you are finished working.
Dewalt DWS779 12 inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw
This powerful sliding compound miter saw features horizontal steel rails to ensure that you have complete control over your cutting, as well as an innovative and improved clamping mechanism to prevent wood from moving during cutting. The linear ball bearings allow for smooth cutting and complete control over the project that you’re working on.
Delta S26-262L Shopmaster 10 inch Miter Saw with Laser
Not only is this one of the best miter saws can you easily carry it with you from room to room or to a new project. But it is as powerful as it is lightweight. It’s especially great for beginners who want to have a laser to help them line up their cuts and ensure that they are straight or pros who require top precision.
Delta 26-2250 12 inch Dual Bevel Sliding Cruzer Miter Saw
The space saving design of this miter saw doesn’t reflect on how powerful and durable the saw is. It can easily cut through crown molding that is up to 7.5 inches, making it a great option for completing custom work around the home without having to worry about running into problems with cutting and fitting your crown molding.
Hitachi C10FCG 15amp 10 inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
At just over 24 pounds, this is a very lightweight, yet powerful, miter saw that is a great option for any homeowner or contractor. It’s easy to take this saw with you on the road to a new job, and you won’t have to worry about the quality of work that you can perform when using it. With thumb actuated stops for fast adjustments, you’ll be cutting like a pro in no time.
Genesis GMS1015LC 15 amp 10 inch Compound Miter Saw
This excellent compound saw is capable of up to 45 degree bevel cuts. I was able to make precision cuts with some crown molding and this saw will handle many projects with ease. This saw is equipped with a laser cutting guide (battery powered, batteries included) making even a novice able to perform accurate cuts without wasting material on miscuts. The laser guide tracks ahead of your cut which adds an extra level of confidence when making your cut. The electric brake was reliable and stopped the blade within a couple seconds. I did not change out the blade but this saw is equipped with an Arbor lock which should make for easy blade change.
- Laser cut guidance
- Electric brake
- Arbor lock makes blade change easy
- Quality die cast construction base
- Comes with 60T Carbide blade
- Comes with 2 extension wings
- Dust bag included
- 9 Position stops at often used angles
- Clamp was a bit loose
Dewalt DW716XPS Compound Miter Saw
This compound miter saw has a powerful 15 amp motor and the manufacturer states it performs at 3600 rpm’s. The bevel scale adjusts easy and it adjusts 0 to 50 degrees from left to right. It offers a largest nested crown capacity at 6 5/8″ and a largest vertical capacity of 6 1/2″. I particularly like the cam lock miter detent override. The XPS cross cut positioning system is integrated with an LED light that casts a shadow while you cut that mimics a laser guide adding precision to your cuts. The bevel presets are accurate and easy to adjust and it additionally has a scale that is easy to read. Comes with a carbide tooth blade, a decent blade wrench, and a handy dust bag
- XPS cross cut positioning system
- LED light guided cutting
- Visible bevel scale with preset side to side angles
- Durable motor
- Includes carbide tooth blade, blade wrench, dust bag
- Dust collection could be better
Makita 10 inch Compound Miter Saw
This powerful compound miter saw is made in the USA. The 15 amp motor is 4600 RPM and direct drive. It cuts left 0-45 degrees and right 0-52 degrees. It has 9 positive miter preset stops and performs bevel cuts up 45 degrees. The base is machined aluminium and feels durable. It weighs in at a relatively light 27 pounds making it easy to move around for larger projects. Blade changes are decently quick and is equipped with a shaft locking system. This Makits compound miter saw comes with a one year warranty, wrench with triangular rule, a blade, and a vertical vise.
- Light weight for easy moving
- Can complete compound cuts
- Powerful motor
- One year warranty
- Can perform many cut angles
- Comes with blade, wrench, triangular rule, and a vertical vise
- Blade guard is a little thin
Doit Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw 12 inch
I was not previously familiar with the Doit saws but I was pleasantly surprised with it’s performance. It comes with a decently powerful 3800 RPM motor that appears to be made to last. It has a high visibility dual bevel scale. It was simple making angle adjustments and was actually quite comfortable to run this saw. This miter saw does not vibrate as much as my trusty Dewalt compound saw. Cuts were clean and efficient, this is an great overall choice. This saw comes with a clamp, 2 piece extension bars, a dust bag, and a wrench.
- Strong 15 amp 3800 RPM motor
- Laser guide
- 0 – 45 degree range for tilting the blade
- Low vibration
- Dual bevel system with high visibility scale
- Comes with 2 piece extension bars, dust bag, wrench, and a clamp
- Cast construction
Wen 70716 10 inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Don’t let the fact that this saw is last on my list fool you, this is one of the best miter saws you can get. It makes straight, bevel, and compound cuts. You can bevel in degrees ranging from 0 to 45 degrees to the left and miter 0 to 52 degrees in both directions. I was able to cut boards as wide as eleven and a half inches. All this and the saw weighs only 30 pounds. Speaking of weight, the built in carrying handles make that thirty pounds quite easy to maneuver. The motor boasts a huge 5500 RPM and is known to be durable. Wen offers a strong 2 year warranty and friends have told me that they have excellent customer service. It comes with a fence, clamp, 2 support arms, and the automatic blade cover retracts when your are running the miter saw.
- Powerful and durable motor
- Automatic retractable blade cover
- Performs many cuts with precision
- Light weight
- 2 year warranty
- Comes with 2 support arms, fence, and a hold down clamp
- Some small parts are made of plastic
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Depending on what your specific needs are, one of the above miter saws will be an excellent choice.
They each provide quality and dependable power for many applications. Let me know if the comments below which one you went with.
Fred is the Ready Zeal owner and editor. He has been passionately pursuing all things emergency preparation since working alongside his grandfather as a boy growing up in the Midwest. When not working on the family homestead he can be found brewing coffee and reading a good book or backpacking in the wilderness. Contact Fred at [email protected]