Reviews say the Milwaukee 6955-20 is dependable, well built and accurate, with a digital miter that measures to one-tenth of a degree. Kent Brobeck at the Journal of Light Construction finds that "The slide mechanism and table operate smoothly, and the cutting action is tight and stable." The Milwaukee's cutting capacity doesn't quite match the Bosch GCM12SD's (Est. $800) expanded reach but is significantly less expensive.
Brawny performance. Editors at Wood Magazine say the Milwaukee 6955-20 "has a beefy 15-amp gear-driven motor with soft-start that is strong enough to blast through tough 4-by-4 ipe [decking] without a hiccup." It has one of the largest capacities for compound miter saws, crosscutting 13.5-inch-wide stock at 90 degrees and 9.5-inch boards at 45 degrees. Crown molding up to 6 5/8 inches can be cut on edge against the fence. "The large cut capacity makes this machine a good candidate for the smaller shops that do not have room for a radial arm saw," notes Tom Hintz of NewWoodworker.com.
Standout features. Experts say the 6955-20's digital scale changes effortlessly between settings, returning to an exact angle each time. "The microadjuster with detent override lets you zero in on uncommon miter angles," say Wood Magazine editors. "And the miter table glides on needle bearings so smoothly you forget you're using a miter saw." Built-in work lights are mounted on each side of the blade, illuminating the cut area, and do so "without glare or shadow," according to Wood Magazine. At 65 pounds, the Milwaukee 6955-20 is difficult to haul around jobsites and load into pickup trucks, though editors at the Journal of Light Construction find its shallow frame is "easier to carry than many lighter but deeper models."
Solid and long-lasting. The Milwaukee 6955-20 is sturdy enough for professional use in the workshop and on the jobsite, reviews say. At HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com, numerous owners attest it's reliable, with dead-on accuracy even after several years of use. One satisfied owner at Amazon.com exclaims that the Milwaukee is "hands-down the most beautifully crafted and engineered." As is typical of compound miter saws, reviews say the 6955-20's factory blade isn't up to par for finish-quality cuts, and many owners upgrade for better performance. Milwaukee's five-year warranty is the longest coverage for compound miter saws in our report.
1. Wood Magazine
After hands-on testing, a Wood Magazine editor gives the Milwaukee 6955-20 an overall rating of 4.8 stars, with its value score slightly trailing (4 out of 5 stars). He calls the saw the best he's ever used and appreciates the digital readout and "dead-on" accuracy.
Review: Milwaukee 6955-20 12" Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Mitersaw, Editors of Wood Magazine, Jan. 17, 2012
2. Journal of Light Construction
Finish-carpentry contractor Kent Brobeck uses the Milwaukee 6955-20 on the job and says it has outstanding performance. He especially appreciates its large cutting capacity, helpful work lights and precise digital scale, which he says make the Milwaukee 6955-20 "as close to perfect as any miter saw I've ever used."
Review: Milwaukee 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw, Kent Brobeck, Jan. 20, 2008
3. New Woodworker.com
Tom Hintz says the 6955-20 combines "accuracy and capacity in a tough, user-friendly package." He praises the Milwaukee's front-mounted lights, easy-to-adjust controls and the digital readout. Hintz concludes the Milwaukee 6955-20 is "a well-made and thoughtfully designed saw that will benefit pros on the jobsite or woodworkers in the home shop."
Review: Milwaukee 12" Dual-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw, Tom Hintz, May 12, 2010
About 70 owners review the Milwaukee 6955-20 on Amazon.com. It earns a 4.4-star overall score, and most agree the saw is accurate and well built. Reviews say the blade is mid-grade and the tool is heavy, but these were minor drawbacks for most.
Review: Milwaukee 6955-20 12-Inch Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013
After a hands-on test, About.com guide Chris Baylor gives the Milwaukee 6955-20 a perfect 5-star score, saying it's sturdy, easy to use and full of features. He also notes that for the price it may be "out of reach for the weekend warrior," but that its durability and accuracy are ideal for professionals.
Review: Milwaukee 6955-20 Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw, Chris Baylor, Not Dated
On HomeDepot.com, owners say that the Milwaukee 6955-20 is robust, accurate and durable, but several note it may be too expensive for DIY users. Overall, the saw earns a 4.7-star rating following about 60 reviews.
Review: Milwaukee 12 in. Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of September 2013