Miter Saws

Miter saws have evolved from basic tools that could make simple miter cuts in relatively small stock into much more complicated machines that are indispensable to all kinds of carpenters and furniture makers. Miter saws, or chopsaws as they are often
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  • Image not available3821-01 12-in Chopsaw

    by Marc Adams

    Street price: $220Accuracy of cut: PoorQuality of cut: PoorThis saw has too many problems for us to recommend it. The guard had to be removed completely to change ...

  • Image not availableCM12 12-in Chopsaw

    by Marc Adams

    Street price: $330Accuracy of cut: ExcellentQuality of cut: ExcellentThe first thing we noticed about the Bosch were deep milling marks on the table. These turn ...

  • Image not availableDW715 12-in Chopsaw

    by Marc Adams

    Street price: $270Accuracy of cut: GoodQuality of cut: GoodIf you don’t need your miter saw to make furniture-quality cuts, there is a lot to like about the DeWalt. ...

  • Image not availableLS1221 12-in Chopsaw

    by Marc Adams

    Street price: $315Accuracy of cut: Very goodQuality of cut: ExcellentThis is the most solidly built saw, with more metal parts and thicker castings than the others. ...

  • Image not availableR4120 12-in Chopsaw

    by Marc Adams

    Street price: $300Accuracy of cut: GoodQuality of cut: FairThe Ridgid has good points but too many negatives. The dust port is among the largest and most effective, ...

  • Image not available12-in. Miter Saw

    by Andy Beasley

    Because most woodworkers already have a tablesaw and crosscut sled for wide stock, they don’t need a sliding miter saw. That makes a simple 12-in. chopsaw the best ...

  • Sliding Miter Saws Cut on the Push StrokeQ & A: Sliding Miter Saws Cut on the Push Stroke

    by Gary Katz

  • Tool Guide 2009Tool Guide 2009

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Free online extras from our newsstand-only publication featuring expert tool reviews, videos, and articles

  • 10-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saws10-in. Sliding Compound Miter Saws

    by Andy Beasley

    The ability to miter, bevel, crosscut wide material, make compound cuts, and even plow dadoes makes the 10-in. sliding compound-miter saw a perfect fit for many ...

  • Choosing and Using a Miter SawEditors PickChoosing and Using a Miter Saw

    by Gary Katz

    Should you buy a compound-miter saw or a sliding compound-miter saw? What size blade? With the range of options available in the marketplace today, choosing a miter ...

  • Makita Shrinks the Miter SawVideo: Makita Shrinks the Miter Saw

    with Asa Christiana

    A dual-action slide enables a 7-1/2 in. blade to cut wide boards

  • Tool Test: Radial-Arm SawsTool Test: Radial-Arm Saws

    by William Duckworth

    Some woodworkers say that the radial-arm saw is a dinosaur and has no place in the shop. Others, including Fine Woodworking editor William Duckworth, sing its praises ...

  • My Five Essential Power ToolsMy Five Essential Power Tools

    by Gary Rogowski

    Veteran woodworker Gary Rogowski offers his perspective on how he’d buy machines for his shop if he had to start all over again. This article should help you figure ...

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