Though I quite like the DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw, I do like to have a few options on hand. After a bit of hefty researching I came up with some alternatives.
Here is my shortlist of the best miter saws on the market:
1. DEWALT DWS779 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Also from Dewalt the DWS779 model also comes with a 15 amps motor that allows for 3,800 rotations/ minute. Its design makes it a durable unit while not cutting from its overall power.
Performance wise, it will cut up to 2 x 16 dimensional lumber at 90 degrees and 2 x 12 at 45 degrees. The incorporated dust collection system will catch up to about 75% of wood particles, a pretty good feature though I think it could use an improvement.
While a bit heavier and pricier than the DW715, this unit is a good choice for many.
2. Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
Another option to keep in mind is this model from Hitachi. Also equipped with a pretty powerful, 15 amps motor, this unit will be able to handle most things you throw its way. A nice added feature is the horizontal handle complete with vibration reducing, soft elastomer that ensures a perfect grip.
The large extended flip fence, raises up to 4 inches for vertically cutting crown molding and the large table surface will allow for a better support of the working material. The miter adjustments can be done fairly quickly, mainly thanks to the thumb actuated positive stops.
3. Black + Decker M1850BD 7-1/4" Compound Miter Saw
This die cast aluminum, Black and Decker miter saw comes as a very compact, lightweight unit (under 17 pounds). However, this does not take anything away from the power of the cuts or from the accuracy. Many will find this model ideal for crown and base molding jobs.
The unit’s miter range is 0-45 degrees both left and right and has nine positive stops. This miter saw is perfect for those wanting to do some craft projects that require trim and framing.
4. Ryobi ZRTS1345L 10 in. Compound Miter Saw with Laser Line
This last model on my shortlist comes from Ryobi and is equipped with all necessary accessories. The electric blade the saw is equipped with will stop the blade in seconds and the dual view bevel scale is easily visible from both sides of the unit.
These features, combined with the integrated laser will provide an accurate and enhanced cutting experience.
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