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The Best Budget-Friendly Miter Saws- seniorhelpline.info

The Best Budget-Friendly Miter Saws

Few woodworking machines match the versatility, portability, or cost effectiveness of today's 10-inch compound miter saw—use one to cut framing lumber, cabinet and furniture parts, trim for doors and windows, or crown molding.

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We put these miter saws through four hours of sawing through white oak, softwood, plywood, and construction lumber. Here's what we found out.

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Editor's Choice: Porter-Cable PCXB115MS
Porter Cable
PORTER-CABLE lowes.com

Weight: 24 lb 

Amps: 15

Likes: This is the only fold-flat miter saw we’ve ever seen. You don’t even need tools to convert it. Its motor shape and location provide enough clearance that you can cut three sizes of crown molding standing against its fence.

Dislikes: After repeat cuts we found the handle to be fatiguing unless the saw was positioned higher than normal.

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For Smooth Cuts: Delta ­ShopMaster S26-260L
Amazon
Delta amazon.com $98.40

Weight: 22 lbs. 

Amps: 15

Likes: Dead-on accurate, with the largest base (15 inches deep), the smoothest and largest turntable, and a distinct lack of cut vibration. You also get the tallest and best fence of the five.

Dislikes: The dust bag missed a lot of dust and shavings, and the two die-cast supporting ribs in the center of the dust chute often caused clogs

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For Fast Cuts: Ryobi TS1345L
Ryobi
Ryobi homedepot.com $119.00

Weight: 21 lb 

Amps: 14

Likes: With a 5,500-rpm motor and a reasonably coarse 24-tooth blade, the Ryobi flies through lumber. Its blade guard provides the most coverage of the saws we tested.

Dislikes: All five saws had screws that were overtightened at the factory. On this saw, though, two screws were so tight they stripped

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For Accuracy: Craftsman 137.212361
Sears
Craftsman sears.com $105.96

Weight: 26 lb 

Amps: 15

Likes: Accurate right out of the box, but if you want to make it hair-splittingly accurate, those adjustments are pretty easy to make. We also like its top-carrying handle.

Dislikes: It would be nice if there were holes in its fence for attaching an auxiliary surface for cutting crown molding

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Best Value: Harbor Freight/Chicago Electric 61973
Harbor Freight
Chicago Electric Power Tools harborfreight.com $97.99

Weight: 22 lbs.

Amps: 15

Likes: An incredible price for a basic miter saw that cuts powerfully and has only a little more vibration than the Delta. Although it doesn’t come with a blade, it does have two spare brushes.

Dislikes: Adjusting its accuracy took a bit more work than other machines, but once we finished fine-tuning, it was locked in.

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