Delta - 12-in. Compound Miter Saw 36-412
This version of Delta’s 12-in. double-bevel miter saw has a large cutting capacity.
If you’re looking for a double-bevel saw to cut wide stock, this tool is for you. At 9 1/4 in., this saw has the largest 0º (90º) cutting capacity of all the saws we tested. And with the secondary retracting-blade housing (photo below), the saw can cut 6 3/4-in.-wide 1x boards standing up against the fence.
The front-mounted bevel lock and cam-style sliding fence locks are quick and easy to use. This saw has a sliding bevel-stop plate for 33.9º and 45º bevels, and release pins behind the pivot head allow the saw to reach 48º bevel angles. The release pins reset when the saw is brought back past the 45º mark. The only flaw is the 0° bevel stop. It is imprecise and requires the user to double-check the setting.
The bevel scale is accurate and easy to read. The indicator has a diamond-shaped viewing area that reads single degrees on the inside of the diamond and 5º increments on the outside pointer. And because the indicator is close to the scale’s surface, the view angle doesn’t affect the reading as much as it does on some of the saws.
One of the best features on this saw is the flip-up stops that hold crown molding in position against the fence. They can be adjusted for different-size crown molding, and they make holding pieces tight against the fence a breeze when cutting crown in position. The handle on this saw was the most comfortable of all the saws, and its miter-lock system requires only a quarter-turn to lock or disengage. The Delta 36-312 is a single-bevel version of this saw.