These days, you don’t need to be a full woodworker to get the right tool for your home project. Thankfully, many brands have simplified the process and it’s easy to pick the right miter saw for your next build. In case you’re wondering what a miter saw does, it’s a specialized power tool that helps you cut wood at different angles—think for crown molding, garden beds, door frames, and more. The key to those angled cuts is, of course, the blade mounted on the swing arm of the miter saw that moves left and right. Miter saws come equipped with all the gadgets to help you make the most precise cut, including lasers, measuring setting, and more. Keep on reading to see what’s good on the market right now.
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If you’re looking for a basic miter saw at an affordable price, this DeWALT Sliding Compound Miter Saw will help you get those cuts just right. The back fence helps you cut up to 2×14 wood at a 90-degree angle and 2×12 at a 45-degree angle, without a laser guide. The best part? Its dust collection system captures up to 75 percent of dust generated by your project so clean up is easy. No confusing features to get stuck on, just a straightforward power tool that helps you get the job done.
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Hitachi has new branding now—Metabo HPT—and this miter saw puts the power in powerful. At a great price, this 10-inch compound miter saw allows you to get the most precise cuts thanks to its thumb activated stop for adjustments. You get a bevel range of up to 45 degrees and the horizontal handle and clamping system helps you get a good grip on your lumber as you cut down. It’s a great power tool for your beginner workshop as you go through your list of home projects.
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A cordless miter saw gives you the freedom to set up anywhere you want to work on the project you need to complete. Despite being battery-operated, you don’t lose any of that cutting power in the process. You can easily do an eight-inch cross cut at 90 degrees and cut lumber, hardwoods, trim, and more without much effort. It’s lightweight at just 22 pounds and the side handles make it easy to carry. The attached dust bag keeps everything clean as well and your preferred adjustments stay put thanks to the lockable knobs.
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For the pros that like to take their work home, high standards come with the territory. This dual-bevel sliding miter saw comes with a glide system that allows for wider, more precise crosscuts. Blade alignment stays where it needs to be, thanks to the one-touch lock feature on the slide fence. The miter saw is fully adjustable with easy to read markers and a 14-Inch expanded horizontal cutting capacity. At about 65 pounds, it’s still approachable enough to take site to site with the help of a work table (sold separately).