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COMPOUND MITER SAW – THE 7 BEST OPTIONS FOR ALL BUDGETS

You can’t do the job right if you don’t have the right tools. We can all agree on that one, and miter saws are no exception. Having the right saw can make the world of difference when employer’s send their employees to do a job, and for those exciting weekend projects.

That’s why we made a list of the seven best compound miter saws. Whether you’re shopping on a budget, a contractor with a heavy work load or a weekend warrior, there’s something here for you.

SUMMARY TABLE

RANK #1 #2 #3 #4
PRODUCT


HITACHI

10-Inch Single Bevel


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DEWALT

12-Inch Single Bevel


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HOMECRAFT

10-Inch


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WEN

10-Inch Sliding


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PRICE $$ $$$$ $$$ $$
RATING 4 Stars 4 Stars 4.5 Stars 4 Stars
PROS Only tilts to one side Well-built, Few adjustments, Great for crown molding Lightweight, Laser guide included, Cheap 12 inch blade, Lightweight, Bevels to the left
CONS Limited cut length No laser, May have to personally calibrate before use Doesn’t hold larger pieces of wood Only bevels in one direction
WARRANTY 5 Years 3 Years 5 Years 2 Years

4 Stars 4/5 by Power Tools Insider

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

This medium priced saw comes with a five-year warranty, and is perfect for those that are planning to get plenty of use out of their saw.

This durable product can cut through wood for easy home improvement jobs as well as tougher contracting jobs that call for a saw that can withstand a little bit of abuse.

It’s a great choice for both beginners and professionals alike, and the features guarantee that you’re going to have everything you need in one saw.

FEATURES

This Hitachi compound miter saw was designed for those hard-cutting jobs. It’s got the power you need to cut through hard wood, at a price you can afford. Every feature this amazing tool has to offer was included to make sure that it’s one of the easiest to use.

A 15 amp motor helps assure that you won’t lose power as soon as the blade comes into contact with wood while the bevel and angle ranges give you the flexibility and precision of the professionals. Beginners will enjoy the vibration reducing handle and how easy it is to access the carbon brush.

Professionals that are planning to use this saw frequently will appreciate it only weighing at approximately 27 pounds, making it the perfect size to move from one job to the next. Thumb actuated positive stopping ability makes making adjustments more convenient, and a larger extended flip fence is ideal for vertical crown molding cuts.

PROS AND CONS

Pros Cons
No frills Inadequate dust bag
Great for beginners Only tilts to one side
Accurate laser Limited cut length
Portable Will need to buy a new blade
Low price

OPINION

This saw is in between a low and a medium cost, but you get more than what you pay for. On the one hand, you’re not going to get a saw that can be passed down for generation after generation. It’s a cheaper saw, and it’s probably not going to last the next one hundred years. It can handle some wear and tear, but it’s going to wear down quickly if you use it every day, all day.

On the other hand, this lightweight saw is perfect for hobbies and occasional use. If you’re going to remodel your home and need something to cut the crown molding perfectly, this Hitachi saw won’t give you any trouble. It’s easy to use for beginners, and it’ll last for years in a weekend warriors garage.

4.5 Stars 4.5/5 by Power Tools Insider

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

This DeWalt saw is a favorite for those that are already in love with the DeWalt brand of tools.

At a medium price, it’s a bit more expensive than the previous saw, but it’s still cheaper than a lot of the saws that are on the market.

In addition to a manufacturer warranty, customers can purchase a protection plan that will help them out if there is something wrong with the product.

This product is made in China, and imported into the United States.

FEATURES

This sturdy compound miter saw comes with a dust bag to make cleaning up easier, and side handles that are positioned at the base for ideal carrying.

Sliding fences make cutting crown molding easier, and they support crown molding cuts up to almost five and a half inches. There is even a crosscut capacity for lumber.

A miter detent override feature is ideal for adjusting the settings, and even the miter detent plate is adjustable. Specific features are designed to make sure that you don’t even have to twist the handle to lock in on that perfect angle that you’ve been trying to get. This saw is all about convenience, and offering you something that is just a step above the rest.

PROS AND CONS

Pros Cons
Well-built No laser
Few adjustments Attachable laser and work light don’t fit
Great for crown molding May have to personally calibrate before use
Will need a new blade before use

OPINION

This saw may not be the best option for beginners. If you have no idea what calibrating a saw is, or how to do it, it may be best to go with another option. If you’re a step above the beginner, never used a saw before, level, this saw it’s perfect for you. It’s the perfect choice because it’s a step above a beginner saw.

You can build everything from a cabinet to a cabin with this saw. It’s perfect for hobbyists that need something durable for those big weekend projects and DIY people that are going to remodel their entire house.

It’s also perfect for contractors that need something that will not break down in the middle of the job, provided you have another source of light.

4 Stars 4/5 by Power Tools Insider

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

This low-priced saw is great if you’re shopping on a budget, and need something to get the job done.

This is one of the cheapest compound miter saws, and even the protection plans are cheap to purchase.

If you aren’t interested in a protection plan, the new machines come with a five-year warranty.

(This is different for refurbished machines, accessories, etc.)

FEATURES

This easy to use power tool is lightweight, making it ideal for moving from one job to another. It’s also one of the most versatile compound miter saws on the list. It’s great for almost any miter saw stand. It’s especially useful for precision cuts at 90 degrees, and has a nice bevel setting.

PROS AND CONS

Pros Cons
Lightweight, and doesn’t need mounted Only recommended for occasional use
Cheap Doesn’t hold larger pieces of wood
Laser guide included
Doesn’t lose power when cutting

OPINION

This is a great saw for beginners. It can handle a little bit of abuse, like if you accidently leave it outside for awhile. The primary downfalls that turn most people off are the reviews regarding the control arm breaking and the fact that the laser can be difficult to see in direct sunlight. While there may be a chance that the control arm will break, it may also be worth the chance.

If you’re on a tight budget, it’s definitely worth it, to give this saw a chance. The pros are awesome, and they have a great return policy if something does happen.

4 Stars 4/5 by Power Tools Insider

OVERVIEW

The Wen compound miter saw is often overlooked because it is not a popular brand, but that doesn’t mean that you should write it off just yet. It’s is available in different sizes, and they come at different, yet affordable prices.

The medium sized saw comes with a 2-year warranty, and additional protection plans can be purchased for a small cost.

Overall, this saw is great for heavy use and those large projects that a compact saw simply can’t seem to handle.

FEATURES

A powerful 15 amp motor gives this saw all the power it needs to cut through wood without losing strength, even at 45 degrees to the left.

It can bevel 0-45 degrees to the left, and it can miter in both directions. As a bonus, this heavy duty saw is also pretty lightweight at only 30 pounds, making it close to portable.

PROS AND CONS

Pros Cons
12 inch blade Only recommended for occasional use
Expands 12 inches Only bevels in one direction
Lightweight
Bevels to the left

OPINION

Overall, this saw is nice for those weekend warriors that are always in their garage working on their latest project. It’s great because it’s lightweight, but those that are using it for hard cuts all weekend may get annoyed at the small movements it makes while in use.

Professionals may want to use something bigger, but DIY enthusiasts will be happy with both the saw and the medium price.

4 Stars 4/5 by Power Tools Insider

OVERVIEW

This awesome power tool is a bit more expensive than the rest, but the list of features make it well worth it to most people. Perfect for all kinds of home projects.

At a high price, it’s comforting to know that this Makita Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw comes with a one year warranty, and customers can purchase an additional protection plan if they want to.

PROS AND CONS

Pros Cons
Versatile Illustrations in instructions are hard to read
Quiet Instructions are hard to read
See through blade guards Weighs over 50 pounds
Increased accuracy
Lock system works exceptionally well

FEATURES

The extensive list of features makes it clear that they went all out when they designed this saw. The compact design is sleek, the powerful motor does not require as much maintenance, and the accuracy will impress the most experienced contractor. Other features of this Makita compound saw include:

  • Large crown molding cutting capacity
  • Can crosscut at 90 degrees
  • Increased vertical cutting capacity
  • Weighs 53.3 pounds
  • Soft start
  • Electronic speed control
  • Dual sliding fence system
  • Dual rear handle bevel lock
  • See through blade guards
  • Large adjustable fence
  • Dust bag

This compound miter saw was designed for those that are experienced enough to appreciate and use all of the features, and for those that want a perfect cut every single time.

OPINION

All around, this is a great saw, but it’s not the cheapest. If you’re a professional and want the best saw to get the job done right the first time, this one is it. DIY enthusiasts that have plenty of projects waiting for them will enjoy using this saw as well. It’s perfect, and if you plan to get plenty of use out of it, it’s well worth the price.

If you’re on a tight budget and need something to get you through one last project, you will be better off going with one of the saws mentioned above.

4 Stars 4/5 by Power Tools Insider

OVERVIEW

This saw is the most expensive on the list, but it’s backed by a 30 day money back guarantee and a one year warranty to make sure that customers are not disappointed.

This saw is perfect for professionals that need a saw to use every day.

It’s both dependable and durable enough that professionals will not have to worry about it breaking down in the middle of a job.

FEATURES

An easy to use bevel lock lever and range selector knob make the bevel settings easier to adjust than some other saws while built in extensions allow for an impressive length of 40 total inches.

The easy to read scales ensure accuracy, and the electric brake can stop the blade within seconds.

PROS AND CONS

Pros Cons
Durable Stock blade is low quality
Ideal for larger cuts Bulky
Easy to adjust Needs a table
Smooth cut Not portable

OPINION

This compound miter saw is less than ideal if you need something to send with your crew or to carry from job to job. It’s heavy and bulky, and will wind up in the way more often than not.

This tool is ideal for those that need a heavy duty saw to make bigger cuts, or those that need a durable saw to use every day. Whether you need it for the garage or if you’re a contractor, it’s not going to let you down.

3.5 Stars 4/5 by Power Tools Insider

OVERVIEW

If you need a durable saw at a low price, this lightweight compound miter saw may be what you’ve been looking for.

It’s great for beginners, and doesn’t have all of the extra frills that some find unnecessary. Instead, it’s perfect when you just want a basic saw that will get the job done.

It is covered by a manufacturer warranty, and customers have the option of purchasing an additional protection plan.

FEATURES

This easy to use saw doesn’t have a long list of features, but the ones it does have make it perfect for those that want a saw that will work for them, and their bank account. A dust bag is supposed to help capture the dust while the horizontal clamping system helps to hold your favorite cherry wood while it gets cut. A quick mount system is included for those that would like to purchase a new miter saw stand.

Table extensions make working with longer pieces of wood easier, and a special lock off switch is designed for both left-handed and right handed individuals.

PROS AND CONS

Pros Cons
Can do bevel cuts Dust bag doesn’t catch all of the dust
Laser included Doesn’t slide
Can be both portable and mounted Dust port doesn’t fit standard shop vac

OPINION

This basic miter saw is perfect for those simple, smaller jobs. If you’re a DIY enthusiast and shopping on a budget, this saw will help you either get the shop done, or help you get buy until you can afford something that will slide to allow for longer cuts.

THE PERFECT SAW FOR EVERY JOB

Every contractor and DIY enthusiast knows that part of getting the perfect saw, is to know what the job is. What will suffice for a person that wants to make every small thing they see on Pinterest obviously isn’t going to work for the contractor that needs to remodel house after house, and take his saw with him.

Once you figure out what the saw will be used for, one of these compound miter saws is guaranteed to be what you need to get the job done.

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