What size blade to you need? Should you get a sliding miter saw? Do you need a compound miter saw?
While these are questions only the buyer can answer for his or herself. This guide will try to help you find the best miter saw for your money.
This saw is a basic, no frills saw that gets the job done well and with minimal fuss. It comes with a 5-year manufacturer warranty and weighs in at around 36 pounds.
The Hitachi CF10FCE2 is probably the best saw on this list for the Do it Yourself enthusiast. While it doesn’t have all the technology of the higher priced saws, it is built much better than most of the cheaper ones. Putting it right in that middle ground, a good saw that won’t break your bankroll.
The dust collection on this saw is probably the worst of the bunch so make sure your shop or work area is well ventilated and you have a shop vac nearby as this saw throws sawdust everywhere. But, if you need a saw that can handle 2 by lumber without an issue, for just over $100, this is your saw. It’s solidly built and just works.
The Wen 12-Inch Miter Saw is one of the lowest priced 12-inch models you’ll find. While the saw is made from plastic and aluminum and doesn’t feel as solid as some others, it performs just as well as many higher priced 12-Inch saws.
The Wen 71712 can be had for just over $150 and features a 12-inch, sliding blade to allow you to cut wider boards. This saw is a 15-amp saw which is enough to power through 4×4’s with relative ease. There are stops at common intervals of 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6 and 45 degrees to help you line up regularly used cuts.
The only problem I found with this saw was when using it I felt a lot of vibration. This usually isn’t a big deal as most cuts done with a miter saw are pretty quick but I found after a few cuts the vibration started to move my stock a bit if I didn’t have a good grip on it.
The DeWalt DW713 is a very solid performer for the weekend Do It Yourself worker or the professional contractor alike. Its motor puts out 15 amps of power and isn’t slowed down by much you throw at it. The Dewalt is a Compound Miter Saw meaning it can make 45- degree cuts with a swiveling head. This means you won’t have to move your stock; just line up the cut, adjust the blade to the stock and make your cut.
The DeWalt is ready to use straight out of the box with very limited adjustment needed and while most saws will get out of true after continued use, the DeWalt has been in my shop for 6 months with heavy use it is still dialed in on its setup. You can’t ask for better build quality than that.
In conclusion, once you decide what kind of saw you want for your needs you can’t go wrong with the DeWalt DW713. Its build quality is above the competition and it can make any cut you need to make. It has positive stops that the saw will click into, taking the guess work out of setting up your cuts. While the DeWalt costs a bit more than the other saws on this list, in my opinion, it offers the most value for the money. It will continue to serve your needs for years to come and won’t lose its calibration for a very long time.
Do you know of a better saw for your money than what we listed? If so let us know in the comments section.