Best Miter Saw Reviews – 2014 – Compound, Dual Bevel & Cordless

You’ve just found the best miter saw reviews on the web. We understand how important it is for you to choose the right tool for your cutting needs, and that’s why we created this resource. Our goal is to provide you with detailed reviews of only the best miter saws for the money – if it ain’t worth buying, you won’t find it here. We cover a wide range of equipment including Basic, Cordless, Compound, and of course Sliding Compound miter saws.

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There are two ways you can use this website. Either use the chart below to quickly compare miter saws in a side-by-side manner, or click the “Our Review” link to the right of the saw of your choice to view our detailed and comprehensive analysis, which was created by a person who has actually used the miter saw in question. If you’re looking for other tools, don’t forget to check out some of the best table saw reviews as well.

Top 10 Miter Saws:

ModelTypeBladeRPMMotorMiter Angle
Makita LS0714

makita LS0714
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Sliding Compound 7-1/2"6,000


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10 Amp47° Left / 57° Right
DEWALT DWS780

DEWALT DWS780
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Dual Sliding Compound12"3,800


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15 Amp50° Left / 60° Right
Hitachi C10FCE2

Hitachi C10FCE2
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Compound10"5,000


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15 Amp0-52°
Bosch 5312

Bosch 5312
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Dual Sliding Compound12"3,800


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15 Amp52° Left / 60° Right
DEWALT DW715

DEWALT DW715
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Compound12"4,000


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15 Amp50° Left / 50° Right
Milwaukee 6955-20

Milwaukee 6955-20 Review

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Dual Sliding Compound12"3,250


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15 Amp55° Left / 60° Right
DeWalt DW713

DeWalt DW713
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Compound10"5,000


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15 Amp50° Left / 50° Right
DeWalt DW716

DeWalt DW716
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Dual Compound12"3,600


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15 Amp50° Left / 50° Right
Ryobi ZRTS1344L

Ryobi SL1344L
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Compound10"5500


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14 Amp45° Left / 45° Right

Best Miter Saws By Price Range:

Below are the finest miter saws at a few different price points:

#1 For Less Than $100:

Ryobi ZRTS1344L
Ryobi SL1344L
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Our Rating: 9/10
Type: Compound Miter Saw
Blade: 10"
RPM: 5500

#1 In $100 – $200 Range:

Hitachi C10FCE2
Hitachi C10FCE2 Big
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Our Rating: 9.1/10
Type: Compound Miter Saw
Blade: 10"
RPM: 5000

#1 In $200 – $300 Range:

DEWALT DW715
DEWALT DW715 BIG
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Our Rating: 9.3/10
Type: Compound Miter Saw
Blade: 12"
RPM: 4000

#1 In $300 – $500 Range:

Makita LS0714
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Our Rating: 9.3/10
Type: Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Blade: 7-1/2"
RPM: 6000

#1 In $500 – $600 Range:

DEWALT DWS780
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Our Rating: 9.4/10
Type: Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Blade: 12"
RPM: 3800

#1 In $600 – $800 Range:

Milwaukee 6955-20
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Our Rating: 9.2/10
Type: Dual Bevel Sliding Compound
Blade: 12"
RPM: 3,250

How Were Our Miter Saw Reviews Prepared?

If a miter saw is mentioned here, you can be sure of two things:

  1. Almost all the reviews were written by Mark himself who has used each miter saw extensively before writing about it. If a review is written by someone else, this will be mentioned clearly.
  2. Before recommending a miter saw, we made sure that other people were happy with them by checking out customer ratings and comments on the internet. If others were not happy with the miter saw, we don’t list it here.

What To Look For in a Miter Saw?

The great thing about a miter saw is its versatility; regardless of whether you need a miter/bevel cut, a cross-cut or a compound cut, this tool will get the job done. It can also be used by anyone, be it an amateur who loves doing his own home improvement projects or a professional making a living through his workshop.

Before you read any of our miter saw reviews, you need to determine what it is you are going to use it for. The type of materials you’ll be working most often with as well as the amount of work you plan to do should both impact your decision when buying your new miter saw. Not only that, but you also must know if you will need to do any compound and/or bevel cuts, as not all miter saws are suitable for this kind of work.

Finally, you should decide if you need a cordless tool or not. Not everyone has constant access to electricity in their workshop, in which case a cordless tool could be a great choice. Each of our miter saw reviews lists whether that particular model is cordless or not.

What Type of Cuts Will You Work With?

The type of miter saw you get will be determined by the type of cuts your project will require. There are four basic types of cuts:

  1. The Cross Cut: this is just the typical cut which involves cutting your material to length, just like you would with a regular saw.
  2. The Miter Cut: this type of cut is angled across the width of the material you are working with.
  3. The Bevel Cut: this is an angled cut that goes through the thickness of the material.
  4. The Compound Cut: this one is a combination of a miter and bevel cut. Basically, it’s a cut that is angled across both the width and the thickness of your material, at the same time.

What Type of Miter Saw To Buy?

Again, the type you choose will be determined by your requirements. Each of our miter saw reviews lists the type of the equipment as being one of the following:

  1. Standard miter saws: this is a saw where the blade has a fixed pivot, so it will remain vertical at all times, except for when the table is angled horizontally.
  2. Compound miter saws: in this type of saw the pivot can be rotated vertically (to one side), which – in additional to the table’s horizontal rotation – makes it possible to cut horizontally and vertically, in both planes.
  3. Sliding compound miter saws: same as a regular compound miter saw, only there are additional arms for the cutter head which can slide horizontally, making cuts in wide materials much easier.
  4. Dual compound miter saws: same as above, however the motor & blade can be tilted either right or left. An excellent choice for very complicated projects where many different cutting angles are needed. More about dual’s further below.

What Cutting Capacity To Choose?

Different tools have different capacities, and whichever you choose make sure that it is enough for the type of work you’ll be doing. The capacity can be determined by taking a look at the miter saw blade’s sliding capabilities as well as diameter.  The majority of miter saws nowadays have a 12″ or 10″ diameter blade. Ask yourself these two questions:

  1. Will you be working only with smaller “amateur” projects, such as wooden frames, small house models and such? If so, then a 10″ miter saw will offer you more than enough capacity.
  2. Are you a professional woodworker who constantly works with larger projects, such as roofing elements, pillars, and such? If so, then you’ll benefit greatly from having a 12″ diameter blade.

Of course, there are miter saws with an even smaller blade diameter available (as small as 5″), however we do not recommend those as while they are a great choice for very small projects, you will likely find your cutting needs expanding soon enough, in which case you’ll have to make a switch to a 10″ blade or larger fairly quickly.

Single or Double Bevel?

As you have learned above, you can tilt the blade of a regular compound miter saw to one side only, which makes bevel cuts a breeze without any need to tilt the material. However, a double/dual compound miter saw does you one better – the blade will tilt both left and right, so that you will not need to flip the material or move to the other side of your work-surface to successfully complete demanding tasks. Just keep in mind that a dual compound will weigh somewhat more than a regular compound, so please take this into account when making your purchase. We made sure that our miter saw reviews contain the net weight of each machine, which will hopefully help you out.

Cordless Miter Saws

While these are an excellent option for those who have trouble with constant access to a power outlet, it’s worth to remember that a miter saw generally uses up a lot of energy, so even a fully-charged battery will seldom last more than a day’s-worth of heavy work. Because of that, the cordless option is usually good as an addition, and if you want to work in cordless mode 24 hours a day then you need to consider buying extra batteries (they are usually 24V and 18V, depending on the model). You can also get a lithium-ion-powered miter saw, which generally last longer before requiring a recharge, however they are also considerably more expensive.

Other Features To Look For

There are a few extra features that can make using a miter saw more productive and even more fun. Consult our chart above as well as the miter saw reviews on this site to determine which model includes any of these features:

Sliding Fence: this type of fence can be effortlessly moved out of the way when you need to make a bevel cut.

Dust Port: as the name implies, this feature makes it possible to attach a vacuum and/or dust bag, which will collect the vast majority of dust generated during your cutting work.

Extra Miter Cut Range: some models make it possible to tilt the blade by more than 60 degrees. If this is something that you need, then consult our reviews to make sure of the maximum available angle and whether it’ll suit your needs.

Laser Guidance: we all know how difficult it can be to properly line up the blade with our cut-line, especially for not-so-experienced woodworkers. This is when a laser guide comes in; depending on the type of laser, it will either show you the exact point where the saw will come in contact with the surface, or – in the case of a dual laser system – it’ll show you both the point of contact, as well as the width of the cut (also known as the kerf).

Handle Adjustment: this feature allows you to adjust the exact position and tilt of the handle.

Electric STOP System: if you are often in a hurry and need to quickly transition from one cut to another, an Electric Stop/break will allow you to quickly stop the blade from spinning, as soon as 3 seconds after releasing the trigger.

There are of course more features available, however the ones listed above are what you will find most often on the best miter saws.

Best Miter Saw Reviews – Summary

We hope that our guides, comparison chart and ratings will make it much easier for you to choose the best miter saw for your specific needs. We constantly update the information here, and remove/add miter saws as we see necessary and when we think it is in the best interest of our readers.

2 Comments

  1. Thank-you, I haven’t purchased a chop saw in the last 12 years and they’ve come a long way. So you have given me the knowledge to purchase the one(this time the bigger one) to be more capable of getting a variety of jobs done, from artwork to carpentry. Thank-you again

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