The Homecraft line is under the Delta brand and was introduced to the market as a line that is budget friendly. One thing that you will notice right away with this model is that it is very easy to assemble. It only comes in five pieces that require assembly. Miter saws that need minimum or zero assemblies are often appealing if you are not that fond of reading manuals. The design in itself also makes it very easy to mount on any miter saw stand. It comes with four mounting holes that enable you to mount it on your table, stand or another work surface.
This model also features a laser guide system which emits a red laser light, illuminating your cut line clearly. It also comes with five miter stops, which means that the degrees used for locking in angles are easy to read and very clear, creating bevel cuts up to 47 degrees. This miter saw is ideal for any DIYer who needs to complete tasks in various areas, thanks to its overall portability. Since it is also lightweight, moving it around and storing it away is hassle-free. One thing to notice, however, is that since this model uses a carbide blade, it may not be well-suited for woodworking tasks that need a fine finish.
2) DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
This model features a useful sliding function, with a double bevel, allowing you to cut bevels without the need to flip your workpiece. It is also designed to provide precise cutting jobs that range from deck building to fine woodworking. With its 15-amp motor, it has the capacity to cut through the wood at up to 3,800 RPM speeds. If you are working on various woodworking projects, this versatile miter saw is what you need. It can cut through up to 16 inches at 90-degree angle. One of the impressive features of this model is its capacity to cut vertical bevels and horizontal miters at the same time. It makes complicated cutting jobs more manageable and much faster. With its sliding feature, the cutting width is also enhanced.
The manufacturer of this model has also designed it to feature an ultra-bright LED light with its XPS crosscut alignment system. This system works by casting a shadow of the blade to the work surface, allowing you to see exactly where the saw blade will cut. This feature is innovative enough to be considered as better compared to a laser guide system. Unlike an actual laser guide system, it does not need recalibration when changing blades.
3) Makita LS1040 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
One thing that is obvious about this compound miter saw is that it is designed to offer precision and speed combined. Since it is lightweight in design at 27.3 pounds, while still offering 15 amp motor, this is no doubt an interesting feature. What makes the motor of this model a standout feature is that it pushes the saw blade at speeds that reach up to 4600 RPM. The motor is somewhat big but still runs smoothly and quietly because of its built-in soft start technology.
Since precision is one of the most essential factors that need to be considered when selecting a miter saw, you will find this model a good one. It comes with 9 positive miter stops at the most common preset angles. When creating miter cuts using this model, you can use the blade either right or left, for better speed, efficiency, and accuracy. While this saw may only cut bevels on a certain side, you can just change the position of the piece you are working to complete the job. You also have the option to achieve precision bevel cuts through the dual post compound pivot arm, locking-in your desired bevel angle. As a bonus, you can also use the fluorescent light to illuminate your area.
4) Makita LS1221 12-Inch Compound Miter Saw Kit
No doubt that Makita is one of the most respected brands in the power tools industry. One of the loved features of this model is its large cutting capacity, cutting through material 3-7/8 inches x 6 inches at 90 degrees. Considering its size, this capacity is impressive enough. Its direct drive motor also comes with a 15-amps, rotating the blade at a speed of up to 4000 RPM to cut thicker pieces easily. It also uses an electronic speed control to help in keeping the speed of the blade constant as you work.
Another interesting feature of this model is its capacity to cut through aluminum extrusions as fine as it does on wood. If you cut aluminum, it is recommended to use cutting lubricant on the blade so that the material does not build up while cutting. For safety purposes, this model also comes with a standard blade guard, with a lock button, preventing the machine from unintentionally starting. As claimed by the manufacturer, this model features a 40 tooth micro-polished blade, ideal for projects that need fine finishes such as framing, furniture making, and cabinetry. Overall, this model is unique with its large cutting capacity, and capability to cut through aluminum.
5) Bosch GCM12SD Glide Miter Saw
One thing that makes this model interesting is its patented axial glide system, offering better control when creating precision cuts. This system does not use the usual traditional rail set up, which means that it does not take as much area compared to other miter saws. The design folds the back using its articulated arm flush. This axial glide system can help you to be better balanced, maintaining more control as you create smooth precision cuts.
The flexible capacity of this miter saw is also amazing. It offers a large capacity, cutting up to 15 inches horizontally, and up to 6.5 inches vertically. This can be used in cutting crown up to 6.5 inches as well. This capacity allows you flexibility and freedom to create a wide variety of cuts, which is more than what usual 12-inch miter saws can accomplish. This model also features quick release square lock fences which do not need adjustment and are always accurate.
6) SKIL 3317-01
This model is perfect for beginners, as well as those who are looking for a portable option which makes this model easy to store away at the end of the day. Aside from offering portability, it also comes with several other features, such as a laser cutline guide, as well as the carbon tipped blade. Another thing is its lightweight design. At a 25 pounds weight, it is easy to carry around, making it very manageable.
This miter saw also comes with a table extension with both left and right extension rails, offering stability as you work with bigger material pieces. As you do so, it is also good to use a clamp in holding the wood right in place. This model uses a horizontal clamping system which holds your workpiece securely against the fence as you cut, so there is no need to worry about the wood being far from you. The blade is also easy to change compared to other miter saw models. It features a blade changing mechanism which allows you to change hassle-free.