The Best Sliding Compound Miter Saw

best miter sawA miter saw is one of the best tools you can have in your workshop, because it gives you the ability to enhance your projects, even more, creating more accurate crosscuts and angled cuts. When you’re looking for the best it can be tempting to just buy the most expensive tool out there, but spending a lot of money on a saw isn’t the only way to get something great. So take a look at each of these and see why they’re our favorites (and why they should be yours too).

Dewalt Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

The Dewalt Miter Saw is priced a little higher, around $250, but it provides excellent features as well. It can vertically cut crown molding up to 5 ¼” nested and also cuts base molding of up to 6 ”. When you’re cutting bevels you can get up to 48″ to the left and to the right up to 3″ with four different hardened steel stops. The cam lock handle has a miter detent override so you don’t need to twist your handle in order to get a good lock. The blade is made with high-quality carbide and includes a stainless steel miter detent plate.

Dewalt Double Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

The Dewalt Double Bevel Miter Saw is the most expensive of these options at close to $600 and offers 15 amps with 3,800 rpm in the motor. It can cut 2×16 boards up to 90″ and 2×12 boards up to 45″ and has a dust generation process that cuts down over 75% of the mess. There is an integrated XPS cross cut system that ensures no adjustment while still getting high-quality cuts and lines with bevel cutting up to 59″ on both the right and left and miter cutting of 60″ on the right and 50″ on the left.

Dewalt Compound Miter Saw

The Dewalt Compound Miter Saw provides a 15 amp, 3,800 rpm motor which has 13 positive stops (rather than 11 with the previous saw). It uses an oversized bevel scale and weighs a little more than other options, but it also comes in at a higher rate, near $400. It can vertically cut crown molding of up to 5 ” and base molding of up to 4 ” and still provides plenty of capability for bevel cuts at the same time. On the right side it can get up to 60″ and on the left it can get up to 50″. Not only that but the blade itself is made of carbide for durability.

Makita Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser

The Makita Dual Slide Miter Saw is priced at about $450, but has many new features including a 4-steel rail sliding system to improve overall precision by increasing the rigidity of the unit. The 6 linear ball bearings help with this accuracy as well and the saw allows for larger molding. You can use 6 5/8” crown molding or 4 ” baseboard as well as getting 12” crosscuts at a 90″ angle. Mitering can be done at angles up to 52″ on the left and 60″ on the right and the electronic speed control makes sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. The unit has a laser that makes sure the line-of-cut is clearly marked and increases overall accuracy as a result.

Hitachi Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Priced around $120, the Hitachi Miter Saw has a 15 amp motor that provides you with a great amount of power for anything you want to do. It can create a miter angle left or right all the way up to 52″ and a bevel range for up to 45″. What can be equally important is how comfortable it is to use, with the horizontal handle that is designed to reduce vibration and an extended flip fence that raises 4” to make sure you can get a vertical cut on your crown molding. Use the thump actuated positive stops to get quick adjustments and you’ll have a high quality tool you can trust.

With any of these miter saws you’re going to have no problem with getting an excellent cut and making sure you have a tool you can definitely rely on.