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Testing 12-in. Sliding Compound-Miter Saws

They’re big and expensive, but versatile enough for framing, trim, siding, and cabinetry work

Sliding compound-miter saws are real workhorses on a job site. They're big enough to cut 2x10s and pressure-treated posts, yet versatile enough to cut delicate trimwork and cabinetry pieces. California finish carpenter Kit Camp tried out six of the newest top-of-the-line 12-in. sliding compound-miter saws and rated them on their vertical capacity, miter range, bevel range, noise level, and other features. Camp ranks a Makita model as best overall, but in the end, says that you can't go wrong with four of the six saws he looked at.

Testing 12-in. Sliding Compound-Miter Saws

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