Compound Miter Saws: Ratings of Sources
Total of 30 Sources
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12-In. Sliding Compound Miter Saws
by Kit Camp
Our AssessmentThis brief review recommends three 12-inch, compound sliding miter saws, based partly on Fine Homebuilding's comparison tests in 2008. It gives top ranking to the new Milwaukee 6955-20. A survey of readers of Fine Homebuilding and Fine Woodworking gives top ranking to the Bosch 5412L, now the 5412 (with laser optional). The Ridgid MS1290LZA ranks lower with readers, but editors pick it as the best value. A single-product review of the Milwaukee 6955-20 in the January 2009 issue of Fine Homebuilding adds details.
12-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saws
by Robert W. Lang
Our AssessmentSix dual-bevel, 12-inch, sliding compound miter saws are tested here in addition to the 10-inch Festool Kapex. The Editor's Choice award goes to the Milwaukee 6955-20, which editors say has the best dust collection and praise for its solid build quality, digital readout and fine-adjustment knob for setting the miter angle. The Milwaukee is noisy and lacks a laser guide, though, and editors say all six saws are close finishers. The even louder Hitachi C12LSH is less stable and harder to adjust, but is picked as the best value. A separate article in the Popular Woodworking blog praises the smaller Festool Kapex 10-inch sliding miter saw. Excellent comparison tests in 2004 compare seven 10-inch sliding compound miter saws.
2010 Editor's Choice Awards
by Editors of Tools of the Trade
Our AssessmentThe 10-inch Makita LS1016L sliding compound miter saw earns a 2010 Editor's Choice award at this site aimed at professional contractors. Editors praise the saw's four-rail design that improves accuracy while making the saw more compact than most. Cutting capacity is also excellent. Also at this site, a July 2008 review by Greg Londos tests eight 12-inch compound miter saws by using them on the job in finish carpentry, while an August 2008 review by Joe Youcha reports on tests of sliding 12-inch miter saws by 20 boat builders using them to build 28 wooden boats plus several other projects. The review also covers the new Festool miter saw, providing an interesting perspective since 20 different experienced workers tried it.
Makita LS1016L Miter Saw
by Jesse Wright
Our AssessmentThis single-product review of the 10-inch Makita LS1016L sliding compound miter saw by a finish carpenter who tests it on his own jobs is largely enthusiastic except for the saw's dust collection. A December 2008 review by finish carpenter Kent Brobeck tests the 12-inch Milwaukee 6955-20 sliding compound miter saw, reporting on the initial adjustments (easy) and actual jobsite operation. For the November 2007 issue, experienced tool reviewer Andy Beasley tests eight 12-inch compound miter saws, giving top ranking to the DeWalt DW716 and single-bevel DeWalt DW715, with the Bosch 4212L (now 4212 with laser optional) a runner-up because it's so heavy and bulky. Forum discussions at this site are also helpful.
10 inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws
by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
Our AssessmentWoodworking authority Sandor Nagyszalanczy tests six 10-inch, sliding compound miter saws, comparing and rating them on nine different factors. The Festool Kapex miter saw gets top ranking overall, with handle and trigger comfort its only weak point. The discontinued Makita LS1013FL ranks close behind, with the Hitachi C10FSH in third place as a good budget choice. The surprise here is that the Bosch 4410 takes only fourth place.
Top New Tools for 2010
by Editors of Wood Magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Wood magazine name the Craftsman MiterMate saw one of the top tools for 2010, praising the way the saw's innovative design makes it easy to cut accurate miter angles. Similarly, two 12-inch Milwaukee miter saws, the 6950-20 and the sliding version, the 6955-20, are named among the top new tools for 2009. In the October 2009 print issue of the magazine, professional trim carpenter and cabinetmaker Dave Fish tests both saws, giving them perfect 5-star ratings. For the July 2009 issue, Fish tests the 10-inch Bosch 4404, giving it a perfect rating as well with praise for its accuracy, easy adjustments and reasonable dust collection. In September 2007, editors compare seven 12-inch compound miter saws for accuracy, and in 2006 a half-page review gave a perfect 5-star rating to the Hitachi C12LSH 12-inch compound miter saw, praising its combination of innovative space-saving design and 12-inch crosscut capacity.
Can Craftsman's New MiterMate Take on a Traditional Miter Saw
by Stuart Deutsch
Our AssessmentPopular Mechanics compares the Craftsman MiterMate saw, which is designed to make it very easy to match an angle with the proper settings, with the traditionally designed (and similarly priced) DeWalt DW713. The two 10-inch miter saws are tested by cutting baseboards, crown molding and 2-by-4 studs at 45-degree angles. The MiterMate scores higher for features and value, the DeWalt for build quality and work-site flexibility -- with both tied when it comes to performance. It's basically a draw -- the MiterMate better for homeowners and beginners, the DeWalt for pros and advanced users.
Miter and Table Saws
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThis review ranks 13 10-inch compound miter saws based on objective tests of accuracy, speed, ease of use and edge finish -- including one cordless miter saw and three sliding compound miter saws. Unfortunately several of the saws tested here have been discontinued, so we'd rank this review higher if it weren't becoming outdated. Though the review picks one sliding compound miter saw as fastest, editors don't recommend this type for most users, suggesting instead that consumers add a table saw for use with wide lumber.
10-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saws
by Andy Beasley and Taunton Press Editors
Our AssessmentThe miter saw test results presented in this older review are basically a summary of the September 2006 review in Fine Woodworking (also published in the 2007 Tool Guide). Both Tool Guide issues add results from a survey of more than 9,000 readers of Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding magazines, which agree with the editors' top choice, the Bosch 4212L. In a separate article in the 2008 Tool Guide, editors preview two new miter saws, the 12-inch dual-bevel Ridgid R4121 and the 10-inch DeWalt DW713. A separate write-up covers the new Festool Kapex KS 120 and earlier reports compare 12-inch compound miter saws.
Kapex Makes the Kut
by Jim Nuckolls
Our AssessmentBased on tests, this brief review of the Festool Kapex miter saw concludes that it "sets the bar" for innovation, precision and value. The reviewer notes that the saw's capacity is close to that of most 12-inch miter saws, but the Festool Kapex saves space since it can be placed against a wall. Other features that earn special praise here are the speed-sensing motor and excellent dust control.
Workbench Tool Test: Sliding Compound Miter Saws
by Editors of Workbench Magazine
Our AssessmentThis comparison review would rank higher if it were more recent. It tests seven 10-inch, sliding compound miter saws for accuracy, smooth cuts and ease of handling. Workbench Magazine editors select the Bosch 4410L (now the 4410) as best overall, praising its up-front controls, adjustable handle, expanding side tables and laser, along with its power and performance. Earlier issues name the Skil 3800 miter saw and Hitachi C12LSH Zero-Clearance Sliding Miter Saws as among the top innovative tools.
2008 Builder Brand Study
by Editors of Builder
Our AssessmentThis survey of 3,428 builders and contractors compares 17 brands of power tools for quality. Of the companies that make miter saws, Milwaukee ranks first. DeWalt, Hitachi and Makita follow in that order -- even though the survey respondents have used DeWalt and Makita tools more than Milwaukee.
Festool Kapex: A New Approach To Miter Saws
by Gary M. Katz
Our AssessmentGary Katz praises the Kapex for smooth cutting, micro adjustments, light weight and the way it fits close to a back wall. Dust collection and the dual lasers are superior to other miter saws, and Katz finds the bevel gauge better than any other except Hitachi's digital. Several other features are outstanding on this saw. Drawbacks include a slightly cumbersome trigger/safety lock and the lack of space for an accessory fence when cutting stock vertically.
Tool and Equipment Review: Hitachi C12LSH Sliding Compound Miter Saw
by Thomas Pedemonte
Our AssessmentThis single-product review praises the 12-inch Hitachi C12LSH sliding compound miter saw, especially for its digital readout and the way it can be situated so it doesn't need extra space behind it. This makes it ideal for a workshop where it can be set close to a wall, but its weight makes it unsuitable for job-site use.
Tool Review: Miter Saws
by Art Waldal
Our AssessmentThe most recent review here compares four 10-inch compound miter saws based on some hands-on testing, including a Rockwell brand not usually included in comparison tests. A 2005 review at the same site covers several miter stands and compares two 12-inch compound miter saws, the Bosch 4212L and the Ridgid MS1250LZ. Both reviews are brief but helpful.
Craftsman Professional Laser Trac 12-inch Compound Miter Saw Review
by Chris Baylor
Our AssessmentThe About.com guide to woodworking recommends two compound miter saws based on his own use. The Craftsman Professional 21235 earns a 4-star rating here, while the Milwaukee 6955-20 earns a perfect 5-star rating -- with praise for its big capacity and extremely fine accuracy. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentOwners review miter saws sold here, including most major brands. The majority of models have accumulated enough ratings to make the average credible, and the site is convenient to browse, since the listings show the average rating. However, most miter saws get high ratings here, and few owners have much basis for comparison. A few models do get noticeably low ratings.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowe's publishes owners' ratings of miter saws but without any comments. In addition to an overall rating, each miter saw gets ratings (on a five-point scale) for features, value, design, quality and ease of use. Most miter saws sold here do get plenty of ratings, so the information is quite useful. It's also easy to browse through the list, which shows each model's average rating plus the number of owners on which it's based. Hitachi miter saws earn top marks among the 10-inch compound models that don't slide, while DeWalt takes the field for the 10-inch sliders and both types of 12-inch miter saw.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHome Depot also publishes owner-written reviews and ratings of miter saws, including useful and often quite detailed comments. The list isn't as easy to browse as that at Amazon.com, because you have to click on a model to see if it has any reviews at all.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears also publishes owner-written reviews and ratings of miter saws sold here, covering lots of Craftsman models but only a few other brands. Several DeWalt miter saws get the highest ratings.
by Contributors to NorthernTool.com
Our AssessmentDeWalt miter saws earn the highest ratings from owners here, though a few other brands are also sold here. The reviewers are a nice mix of professionals and homeowners, and the reviews include whether or not the owner would recommend the model to a friend.
Review of the Festool Kapex KS 120 Sliding Compound Miter Saw
by Brice Burrell
Our AssessmentTwo professionals review the Festool Kapex miter saw in separate posts here. In this review, Brice Burrell tests it for jobsite use in remodeling jobs; the other reviewer (http://www.burrellcustomcarpentry.com/subpage35.html) discusses woodworking in a workshop. Both reviews are lavishly illustrated with many close-up views, so these reviews are about the closest you can get to visiting someone as they unpack, set up and use the Kapex. Remodeling contractor Brice Burrell is clearly a Festool fan, and we'd rank these reviews higher if they were more objective -- but they're very clear.
The Master of Miter Saws
by Sean Captain
Our AssessmentThis single-product review highlights the advantages of the Festool Kapex miter saw very well but doesn't document any testing.
Lightest in its Class
by Editors of American Woodworker
Our AssessmentThis brief review of two 8.5-inch Hitachi compound miter saws praises their light weight. The Hitachi C8FSW weighs 31 pounds but lacks the laser guide and LED worklight on the Hitachi C8FSHE. No testing is documented; the information is all from the manufacturer.
by Editors of and contributors to ToolSnob.com
Our AssessmentThis blog keeps up with new tools pretty well. Not all the reviews are based on testing, and most don't include comparisons. However, the single-product reviews do note best uses and potential drawbacks.
Top Five 10-inch Sliding Compound Miter Saws of 2009
by Editors of Toolcrib.com
Our AssessmentFive 10-inch sliding compound miter saws are ranked based on reviews and recommendations elsewhere. The recommendations based on discussions in woodworking forums are a useful addition. However, the forum threads aren't listed so it's not possible to check them, and the fifth miter saw listed, the Chicago Electric, gets very poor reviews.
Miter Saw Reviews
by Contributors to LumberJocks.com
Our AssessmentOwners publish detailed reviews of miter saws here, with readers often adding comments about the saw or comparing it to others.
by Tom Hintz
Our AssessmentWoodworker Tom Hintz provides separate reviews of four miter saws, with some comparisons among them. The reviews are detailed and well illustrated, but we rank this site lower because each review is almost entirely positive, with no drawbacks noted.
Acme DIY Reviews the Bosch 5412L Dual-Bevel Slide Miter Saw Dual
by Editors of AcmeDIY.com
Our AssessmentThis review of the 12-inch Bosch 5412L sliding compound miter saw recommends its accuracy but criticizes the laser guide, the dust control and the factory-supplied blade. Tests using a better Freud blade find the saw accurate and easy to use, even on hard maple, though the bevel setting is a bit stiff. No comparisons are made with other miter saws.
Miter Saw Comparison
by Editors of MyToolStore.com
Our AssessmentThis chart provided by an online retailer doesn't evaluate performance or summarize reviews, but does provide specifications and features to make it a bit easier to compare miter saws. If a certain cutting capacity is a priority for you, this could help narrow your selection.