The Metabo HPT MultiVolt 7-1/4″ Dual Miter Saw is one of the best built, smoothest, and most accurate miter saws we’ve had the privilege of testing. It comes with a premium price tag but definitely makes sense for woodworkers and carpenters who really need mobility.
While chop saws are sturdy and relatively simple tools, miter saws are designed and manufactured to make precision cuts at many different angles. Although a miter saw can cut non-ferrous metal with the right blade, it is most commonly used by carpenters, kitchen fitters, and carpenters to cut wood.
It may not be an obvious choice, but with the right blade, a circular saw is a great metal cutting tool. In our test, it cut through rebar like a hot knife through butter. You can cut mild steel up to 3/8 inch thick with a ferrous cutting blade.
The Ryobi compound sliding miter saw is great value for money. It features dust control typically found on more expensive miter saws, and precision is maintained with good solid construction. The miter and bevel controls are very solid with easy-to-read incremental adjustments.
The chop accuracy at 90° was on par with other saws at 1/256 inch in 4 inches and the sliding accuracy was good at 1/128 inch in 12 inches. While straight 90° cuts were good, sliding miter cuts were just mediocre.
Double miter saws allow you to make precise and even cuts on both sides of your workpiece. It also makes the job easier and faster as you can make faster repeat cuts even on longer work pieces. For contractors or dedicated hobbyists, a double miter saw will improve your workflow and efficiency.
As the newest addition to the line, the Delta Cruzer miter saw is a solid performer. The virtually friction-free guide system and front adjustable bevel settings make this saw a challenge. No one can dispute that a miter saw is an essential tool for the professional woodworker or carpenter.
Bought to replace an old Makita miter saw and this King tool has great features. Both miter and bevel cut angles are super easy to set. Cuts are straight. The 2-way miter and 1-way bevel is the perfect combination to cut just about anything.
Miter saws and chop saws are not the same, even though the descriptions may sound similar. A chop saw is used for precision straight cuts and a miter saw for angle cuts. While it’s tempting to try to set the miter saw to work as a chop saw, the results won’t be as good.
Most chop saws use abrasive metal cutting blades. The reasons are varied. First and foremost, however, these blades are inexpensive and serve their purpose.
Hercules 12″ Dual Bevel Miter Saw
Hercules is actually a professional range of tools from Harbor Freight.
Miter saws should have stops at the most common angles: at least 90°, 45° and 22.5°. Look for a saw with a simple, smooth detent that allows you to move the saw without the detent engaging every positive stop on the way and back.