Tool Test: 12-in. Compound-Miter Saws
With a host of innovative features, one saw rises to the top.
Synopsis: Twelve-inch miter saws are useful and reliable, but they are also expensive, so choosing the right model is paramount. Longtime remodeler and cabinetmaker Paul Johnson took all the current models from the major manufacturers and put them through a series of cutting tests while using them on his job sites for several weeks to find the best model. He measured cut capacity, assessed their quality of cut, and looked critically at their features and controls. Individual write-ups for each tool describe their respective miter and bevel capacities, notable features and flaws, and pricing.
For some projects, I really appreciate my sliding miter saw’s huge crosscut capacity. For others, especially installing typical crown, casing, and baseboard, as well as sizing stock for built-ins, I prefer a nonsliding miter saw. Nonsliders are less expensive and easier to carry, and their simple plunge mechanism makes them better at handling job-site bumps without…