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Top 12 Miter Saw Reviews

By: Amy Livingston on January 30, 2018

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Chris Marshall, June 17, 2015

Chris Marshall subjects seven 10-inch sliding miter saws to a punishing test: 50 crosscuts and 50 compound cuts each through 10-inch wide, 1.75-inch-thick hard maple. He goes into detail about each saw's features and performance, including its ability to handle dust when hooked up to a shop vacuum or dust extractor.

Editors of Popular Woodworking, As of January 2018

Popular Woodworking's article archive includes two single-product reviews for sliding miter saws. Editors sum up each saw's strong and weak points in a few paragraphs. Although they don't go into a lot of detail about their testing methods, it's clear they have personally handled the saws. However, there's no direct comparison between models.

Editors of Tools in Action, As of January 2018

This site includes reviews and commentary on all manner of tools, including miter saws. The editors and contributors range from construction professionals to woodworking novices, and their reviews vary widely in length and level of detail. However, most indicate that comments are based on at least some hands-on use. Some reviews include video as well as text.

Roy Berendsohn, Aug. 14, 2015

In this review, Roy Berendsohn tests four cordless miter saws, evaluating power, smoothness, battery life, features, and cost. He rates each model on a five-star scale and outlines its strongest and weakest points. However, he doesn't go into detail about how he tested the saws. One of the four saws is now discontinued.

Roy Berendsohn, Sep. 4, 2013

Roy Berendsohn evaluates eight 10-inch compound miter saws from DeWalt, Hitachi, Craftsman, Makita, and other brands. Each saw gets a brief write-up summarizing its pros and cons, including weight, power, precision, and special features. Berendsohn also notes the maximum cut each saw can make through a .75-inch board at 90 degrees and at 45 degrees. However, he offers no other details about his testing methods. About half the covered saws are now discontinued.

Andy Beasley, Nov. 1, 2007

Andy Beasley subjects eight 12-inch compound miter saws, including single- and dual-bevel models from Bosch, DeWalt, Hitachi, Makita, and Ridgid, to eight hours of hands-on testing. He provides a detailed chart comparing the saws' cutting capacity, controls, fences, and scales and names his top picks for specific uses. Though this is an older review, a few of the saws it covers are still available.

Contributors to Amazon, As of January 2018

Amazon.com lists more than 300 products in its section on compound miter saws, but only a few dozen models receive a significant amount of owner feedback. Several models from Hitachi and DeWalt receive ratings of 4.5 stars or better from at least 150 users. Individual reviews vary in quality from detailed and knowledgeable to brief and trivial.

Contributors to Lowes, As of January 2018

Of the 60-plus compound miter saws at Lowe's, only a handful receive 75 or more comments from owners. Among these, two models from Hitachi and Kobalt (a Lowe's exclusive) models receive the highest ratings, with 4.5-star overall scores and more than 200 reviews each. Other models from Kobalt, Bosch, Hitachi, and DeWalt also earn high scores, though not from as many owners. Review totals sometimes include those originally posted at the manufacturer's site.

Contributors to Home Depot, As of January 2018

Home Depot carries a mix of consumer and contractor-grade compound miter saws. We found a handful of models with ratings of 4.5 stars or better from at least 150 owners, including saws from DeWalt, Bosch, and Ryobi. Reviews are generally brief, and some of them include a list summarizing pros and cons. As with some other retail sites, reviews originally posted at manufacturer web sites are often included.

Contributors to Sears, As of January 2018

Although there are more than 175 compound miter saws for sale at Sears.com, only about 25 have received user feedback, and only a handful have a significant number of reviews –  primarily Craftsman and Hitachi models. The Sears site highlights the most helpful positive and negative reviews and also says what percentage of reviewers would recommend each saw.

Contributors to Northern Tool, As of January 2018

Northern Tool has a small selection of compound miter saws, most with fewer than 20 owner reviews. We found only two models with ratings of at least 4.5 stars from 40 users or more: one from DeWalt and one from a brand called Ironton, which appears to be available only on this site. Reviewers here are a mix of professionals and DIYers, but write-ups are generally brief.

Timothy Dahl, Dec. 14, 2015

Timothy Dahl calsl the miter saw "a must-have tool for a fully functioning workshop." Though he doesn't discuss specific models, Dahl does compare different types of miter saws and their benefits. He says a 10-inch sliding miter saw "hits the sweet spot for most DIYers."

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