Tool Test: 12-in. Chopsaws
Basic miter saw is the best choice for furniture makers
Synopsis: Fancy compound-miter saws with sliding tables are excellent tools for trim carpentry and contractor projects, but woodworking teacher Marc Adams finds that all he really needs for furniture making is a basic, 12-in chopsaw with no frills. So he tested five chopsaws that tilt in one direction only, making test cuts in hardwoods, plywood, and MDF, comparing the models for runout, flatness of tables, quality and accuracy of cut, and ease of adjustment.
Models tested include the Bosch CM12, DeWalt DW715, Makita LS1221, Ridgid R4120, and Skil 3821-01.
One advantage of running a woodworking school is that I get to buy lots of tools and learn which features are truly worthwhile. when it comes to miter saws, I’ve found a basic, nofrills chopsaw to be the most accurate and useful model in a woodshop. You don’t need to pay extra for features that don’t really pay off, such as…