Best Miter Saw Reviews 2017
What’s a Miter Saw?
With so many different Miter Saws currently available on the market, shopping for a high-quality Miter Saw that’s well built and durable can make for a tough purchase decision. To purchase the best Miter Saw that meets your requirements and budget you’ll need to read through the list of Miter Saws that we’ve reviewed so that you can make an educated purchase decision.
Since Miter Saws tend to be a bit expensive you want to be sure that you do your research and understand the features and capabilities of the Miter Saw selection that you can choose from. We’ve seen many people over the years rush their purchase decision when choosing a Miter Saw and this usually results in a poor purchase experience as it’s important to understand the capabilities of the saw prior to purchasing.
Do I need a Miter Saw?
While there are currently a ton of unique tools on the market that allows users to perform angled cuts through the wood; our personal suggestion is to choose a Miter Saw as they provide the highest level of precision and angled cuts over any other tool. What we love about using Miter Saws compared to other types of saws is the fact that the blade is in a fixed and stationary position allowing you to adjust the saw accordingly to get the perfect cut that you’re looking for.
So to answer the question; Yes! You need a Miter Saw if you’re looking to perform furniture-quality cuts as the stationary blade will allow you to make accurate and angled adjustments allowing you to get the perfect cut for your project requirements.
Miter Saw 2017 Reviews & Comparisons
Now that you fully understand the benefits and recommendations of purchasing, using and maintaining Miter Saws, it’s now time for our reviews of what we believe to be the best Miter Saws currently available on the market!
1. Hitachi C10FCE2 15-Amp 10-inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
If you’re looking for one of the best “compound miter saws” on the market then we highly suggest you take a look at the Hitachi C10FCE2. After using and reviewing this miter saw we can honestly say that it’s one of the best miter saws available to those seeking features that include precision cuts, reliability and durability. This is a very powerful miter saw boasting a 15 amp motor capable of meeting any of the demands you put it to the test to.
- 35.9 Pounds
- Model Number – C10FCE2
- Miter Saw without Laser
- 120 Volets
- 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
We were very excited to see that this Hitachi C10FCE2 was built with quality craftsmanship utilizing a fifty two degree blade angle.
This is one of the greatest miter saw for users looking to make vertical cuts through crown molding as this saw comes with an extended flip fence allowing you to raise the blade four inches high accommodating your cutting needs.
Out of the box, you will notice a ton of unique and handy features included with the Hitachi C10FCE2. Perhaps being the most convenient inclusion is the dust bag which is attached to the actual saw making containing cut wood easier than ever! This is an incredible feature as you avoid the risk of wood getting caught up in to the saw which many times can result in damages.
Another great feature is the “Positive Miter Stop” which essentially is a feature that saves previous angle and cut points making future cuts easier to make (think of this as the memory setting for the seat in your car).
Aside from these great features, perhaps being the most important is the upgraded handle which Hitachi named the “Elastometer Grip“. This grip (which was built in horizontally), reduces vibration caused during cutting providing you more control over the machine and your cuts.
2. DEWALT DW715 15-Amp 12-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw5
If you need a durable, high-quality built and precision cutting miter saw then consider purchasing the DEWALT DW715. This single-bevel miter saw includes a built-in miter mechanism with an advanced base fence design which provides excellent support and sturdiness to its users. This miter saw is nothing short of powerful boasting a 15amp powered motor in addition to a 12 inch “carbide blade” with four thousand revolutions per minute!
- 24 Pounds
- Model Number – DW715
- Size – 1″, 5/8″
- 120 Volts (15 amp)
- 90-Day Money Back Guarantee
- 1 Year Service Contract
- 3 Years Limited Warranty
Below we’ll outline some of the additional features of the Dewalt DW715:
- A stainless steel miter detent that’s adjustable that provides users will eleven stops.
- A crosscut that has the capability of providing up to 2×8 inch cuts.
- Includes bevels on the left side of the machine up to forty eight degrees and on the right side up to three degrees. Positive stops zero degrees and for cutting crown molding you can cut at forty five and 33.9 degree angles (lying flat).
3. DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
The DEWALT DWS780 is a powerful compound miter saw powered by a 15 amp electric motor capable of reaching 3,800 revolutions per minute! This is an incredibly well built compound miter saw that comes with built-in and integrated XPS cross cut position system which allows users to perform adjustment-free cuts with incredible precision. With the Dewalt DWS780 compound miter saw, you’ll have access to tall sliding fences which will support 7-1/2″ of nested crown molding cuts and 6-3/4″ of base molding cuts (vertically). Furthermore, with the Dewalt DWS780, the “back fence design” will allow you to perform cuts up to 2×16 dimensional lumber at ninety degrees.
If that’s not enough, the Dewalt DWS780 provides increased miter capacity of sixty degrees to the right and fifty degrees to the left. The stainless steel miter detent plate is very high-quality and includes a “cam lock” which will allow you to perform repeated cuts with laser-precision accuracy while not having to make difficult adjustments.
One thing I was really excited to see with the Dewalt DWS780 was the integrated CUTLINE BPS (Blade Positioning System). The CUTLINE BPS allows its users to perform adjustment-free cut line guidance which means cuts can be made with both better accuracy and visibility.
This technology is of course powered by an incredibly well built and powerful 15 amp motor delivering 3,800 revolutions per minute! It’s an understatement when I say that the power and durability are of the Dewalt DWS780 is incredible! Another great addition included and attached to the machine is the dust capture system which from my use I’d say collects around 75%-80% of the dust that’s generated while using the machine (which makes cleaning up much easier)!
- 56 Pounds
- Model Number – DWS780
- 120 Volets (15 amps and 200 watts)
- 3,800 RPMs
- 3 Years Limited Warranty
There are some other features that in my opinion are worth noting and these I’ll cover below.
Make precise cuts without having to recalibrate
With the Dewalt DWS780, you’ll be able to take advantage of the new and improved XPS cross-cut alignment mechanism which also provides an incredibly bright LED light allowing you to work even in dark environments. This light casts a shadow (which is incredibly accurate) and shows you where the blade will make contact with the wood/material that you’re cutting.
Incredibly high-capacity cutting
With a 15-amp motor delivering 3,800 revolutions per minute, power will never be an issue! Also, Dewalt listened to consumers and made the choice to run the power cord through the rail in the back of the miter saw meaning there won’t be any interference with the cord while the machine is in use.
With the dual bevel system on the Dewalt DWS780, making adjustments have never been easier! This model will allow you to perform cuts from zero to forty nine degrees with positive stop at 0 degrees, 22.5 degrees, 33.9 degrees, 45 degrees and 49 degrees (and this in both the right and left direction/position).
Overall, the Dewalt DWS780 is a well built, high-quality compound miter saw that I’d recommend to anyone seeking durability, reliability and affordability as this model will meet all of your expectations and requirements no matter how small or large the job!
For tips on best miter saw usage and how to get the most value out of your miter saw(s), please continue reading as we’ve provided some helpful and insightful information that will help you to get the most out of your purchase.
4. DEWALT DWS709 Slide Compound Miter Saw, 12-Inch Model
We were very impressed with the features and capabilities of the Dewalt DWS709. With a 12-inch compound miter saw (powered by a 15-amp motor boasting 3,800 RPMs), this model delivers not only incredibly power to its user but durability and precision cuts! This model features tall sliding fences which will support crown molding cuts of up to five and a half inches (nested) with base molding support of up to four and a half inches (vertically) going against the fencing. These tall sliding fences are also easily removable for when it’s time to make bevel cuts.
- 51 Pounds
- Model Number – DWS709
- Resistant to light damages
- 120 VOlets (15 amp)
- 3,800 RPMs
- Miters 60 degress to the right and 50 degrees to the left
- 3 Years Limited Warranty
With woodworking be an art that requires powerful, durable and accurate tools to get the job done “right”; the Dewalt DWS709 provides the power, build quality, cut capacity and accuracy that’s needed to get your jobs done!
Dewalt has done a fantastic job with this model both in the build quality and durability. Upon receiving the DeWalt DWS709 it came very nicely packaged secured in molded foam ensuring that the saw was well protected during shipment/transit.
Once unpackaged and assembled I noticed that it came out of the box set to 1/32″ out of square. I was very impressed with DeWalt as they’ve made making adjustments on this model very simplistic with the only thing being required is that you loosen the “4 start bolts” that are securing the stainless steel detent gauge.
Overall, this is a very powerful miter saw that will accommodate most if not all jobs that you put it to the test to. For the price, it’s an incredible value is one of the most powerful miter saws at this price point!
5. Makita LS1016L 10-Inch Dual Slide Compound Miter Saw with Laser
The Makita LS1016L is an incredible saw for the price boasting a 10-inch blade with a dual slide compound. When testing the Makita LS1016L, I quickly noticed that this saw cuts right through wood with ease (like cutting through butter with a hot knife). Upon receiving the saw, I noticed that it comes from the manufacturer already calibrated providing the convenience of being able to get right to your project saving you time and helping you be more productive (you won’t need to worry about spending time calibrating the miter saw). Below, we’ll go ahead and cover some of the incredible features provided by the Makita LS1016L.
Compared to the previous model (Makita LS1013L), the Makita LS1016L comes with an upgraded/updated ten inch dual bevel slider which comes with a ton of unique improvements and capabilities compared to the previous generation. If you find yourself regularly cutting crown moldings, the Makita LS1016L is the best miter saw to purchase as this new model comes with an increased capacity for cutting crown moldings.
- 52.2 Pounds
- Model Number – LS1016L
- Capacity up to 6-5/8″ crown molding (vertically nested)
- 120 Volts (15 amp)
- 3,200 RPMs
- Capacity up to 4-3/4″ baseboard (vertical)
- 12″ crosscuts at 90 degrees
- 3 Years Limited Warranty
I’ve been using miter saws for years and can honestly say that the Makita LS1016L is one of the best miter saws that I’ve used and I was excited to have the opportunity to review its features, functionalities and durability.
After using the Makita LS1016L for about 6-7 hours, some of the benefits of this miter saw that I’ve noticed include:
- A great start-up experience (very smooth/soft)
- One of the quietest miter saws that I’ve tested yet
- Very high-quality stock blade included which is a HUGE plus
- The cuts are incredibly accurate which I’d contribute to the built-in laser
- Doesn’t require any calibration for usage
The LS1016L was manufactured with innovation in mind with technology that includes a new and improved direct drive gearbox with a retractable guard system (patented) that was designed with the intent to provide users with an increase in vertical cutting capacity. The LS1016 provides the highest capacity of any other miter saw in its class for cutting crown molding which is incredible considering the competitive price on this machine.
With the LS1016L, you’ll be able to cut at 4-3/4-inch (baseboard capacity) and a 12-inch cutting capacity at 90 degrees.
Overall, the Makita LS1016L is a high-performance miter saw with incredible cutting capabilities that I’d recommend to anyone seeking incredible value for their dollar!
Miter Saws, right out of the box, will give you the ability to immediately make high-quality cuts that match the quality of cuts made by furniture woodworkers. Below, we’ll be covering some of the top tips to maximize the use of your Miter Saw along with suggestions on how to usage and maintenance.
Miter Saw Blade Upgrade
Most of the time, your Miter Saw will come with a built-in “general purpose” 24-40 inch blade which will work well for your projects that don’t require “clean cuts”. If you’re seeking high-quality and precision cuts we highly recommend that you upgrade to a high-performance blade.
From personal experience, I recommend upgrading to a low-degree 80-tooth blade if you’re purchasing a 10-inch Miter Saw model. If you’re planning on purchasing a 12-inch Miter Saw then I’d suggest that you upgrade to either a 96 or 100 tooth blade.
Understanding your Hook Angle and what it means
Depending on how hard you want the saw to cut the wood (how aggressive is a better way to put it) will be determined by the hook angle of the blade. For example, a Miter Saw that’s utilizing a blade with a hook angle of 10 degrees will cut the wood very aggressively.
If you’re looking to cut through the wood like butter (known as a “shaving” cut), we suggest that you use a blade with a hook angle between negative 5 degrees and 10 degrees.
Saving your cuts
This is very important when working on projects so you can continue to make progress and precision cuts based on your requirements. Regardless of whether the Miter Saw you purchase comes with throat insert plate or not (a plate that prevents cut-off kick back and solid stock support); it’s inevitable that eventually, the overlapping bevel will erode the closed support.
The standard Miter Saw uses plastic inserts that are one-eighth of an inch or thinner resulting in making your own inserts very difficult.
Because of this, we highly recommend that you install what’s called an “auxiliary table” as this will provide you with cuts that won’t tear or damage the wood as the Miter Saw exits the cut. However, if you choose to make two unique cuts at different settings, the space/support separating the two cuts will fall out although it’ll continue to provide support to one side.
With that said, put to the side the piece you’re wanting to hold on to and when you’ve exhausted the life out of your auxiliary fence/table simply replace them with new ones.
Never lift the Miter Saw Blade from the wood if still in Rotation
Alright, so you’ve gone through the effort of making adjustments for that perfect cut and you’ve finally made the precision cut that you’ve been working on! Great job!
Now, a common mistake you’ll want to avoid that a lot of Miter Saw users make is lifting the saw/blade from the wood while the blade is still spinning. This is a big mistake that can lead to damaging the wood in addition to causing an injury to you.
Pulling the blade out of the wood prematurely can tear the wood while also snagging the wood out leading to the possibility of a self-inflicted injury.
Always be sure that the blade has completely stopped before removing it from the work piece.
Prevent Blade Bending/Flexing
During your cut into the wood, the blade can actually “flex” meaning that it’ll sway from either one side or the other. This is very problematic for users seeking precision cuts as blade flexing will result in an inaccurate cut. This can be prevented by turning your cut into a two-step process.
What you’ll need to do to prevent this is on your first cut; cut one sixteenth to one side or the other of your cut line and one the second cut, cut to the line.
This will result in a much more accurate cut and will alleviate the risk of the blade flexing and you ending up with a cut that’s not on your cut line.