Best Miter Saw of 2017

We have been talking a lot on this site about table saws and we really think they are great for most wood working activities, but, if you need a really accurate cutting machine, you will need a miter saw. Miter saws do not have the reach of table saws but they are much more accurate, they are easier to use and they are a lot safer for beginners especially if you use a miter saw stand since you would need to really go out of your way to put your own limbs in harm’s way with this machine. Of course, with the promise of a higher accuracy level also come higher expectations so we really have put these machines through their paces. We took into consideration their power level as well as their price point and we have several candidates for you, all worthy of the best miter saw of 2014 title, but each for different reasons. We have created the following list highlighting the most important qualities of each miter saw, but make sure to scroll past the table to find our in depth reviews and the apologia for each choice.

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Bosch GCM12SD 120-Volt 12-Inch DB Glide Miter Saw
very good$$$$Click Here!

DEWALT DW717 10-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
very good$$$Click Here!

Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
very good$Click Here!

DEWALT DWS782 12-Inch Slide Compound Miter Saw
excellent$$$Click Here!

Bosch 5312 12-Inch Dual Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw
very good$$$$Click Here!

DEWALT DW713 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
excellent$$Click Here!

SKIL 3316-04 15-Amp Quick Mount Compound Miter Saw
excellent$Click Here!

DEWALT DW717 10-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
very good$$$Click Here!

Makita LS1040 10-Inch Compound Miter saw
very good$Click Here!

Hitachi C10FCH2 10-Inch Miter Saw with Laser
good$Click Here!

1. Bosch GCM12SD 120-Volt 12-Inch DB Glide Miter Saw

Bosch GCM12SD 120-Volt 12-Inch DB Glide Miter Saw

 

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If price is not an issue for you, and you really need the very best miter saw on the market in 2014, then you will need to go for the Bosch GCM12SD. There are several reasons why we think it is the very best, but the most important one is the fact that it has a patented axial glide system. That means they have done away with the rail system most other miter saws use and therefore you no longer have to worry about its maintenance. Instead they are using an aluminum arm system with sealed ball bearing that does not require any type of maintenance. Even more impressive is the fact that the foot print of the entire system, while in operation is just 12 inches so you can setup and star working even in cramped hallways. The system allows for a deeper, 14 inch horizontal capacity and 6 and a half inches of vertical capacity.  Having tested the Bosch GCM12SD we can tell you that the aluminum arm is a truly impressive work of engineering and that we were surprised how much more accurate every cut was. However, the important thing to remember is that the Bosch GCM12SD is also the most expensive miter saw on our list and you may not need to pay all that extra money for it.

2. DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

 

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The reason why we love DeWalt products so much is because they are able to stay so close to the performance level of the Bosch products, but cost so much less. The DeWalt DW717 is the perfect balance between performance and price in our opinion. They use the traditional horizontal rails system, but they have mounted up on a support and it stays away from most of the wood dust crated by the cutting. The second reason for placing the rails so high is that they work in concert with the tall sliding fence to allow you to perfectly cut any crowd and base moldings. The miter detent plate has another interesting feature in that it has 11 positive stops that allow you to easily setup the saw itself for work. Despite the fact that it comes with a powerful 15 amps motor, the DeWalt DW717 weighs in just 51 pounds and it comes with its own carrying case.

3. Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw

Hitachi C10FCE2 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw

 

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Our third choice for the best miter saw of 2014 is also the cheapest of its kind, it is what you would call the “on a budget” choice. It is the Hitachi C10FCE2 and its impressive, particularly when you consider the price, 15 amps motor. In fact the reason why it is so inexpensive is because the cutting blade is not mounted on a railing system so it can only move up and down. That translates into a shorter cutting range that will force you to move around bigger pieces of wood or molding in order to get a full cut. However the Hitachi C10FCE2 is also one of the smallest miter saws you could buy and it will make a perfect tool for a weekend do it yourselfer who only needs to deal with simple jobs around the house.

4. DEWALT DWS782 12-Inch Slide Compound Miter Saw

DEWALT DWS782 12-Inch Slide Compound Miter Saw

 

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Now that we have shown you our top 3 choice for the best miter saw, we can take the time to detail some of the other offers on the market that are almost as good as the ones in the top 3. The DeWalt DWS782 is somewhat cheaper than the other DeWalt and, while it does everything our first choice can do, it has some drawbacks. For one, despite its 15 amps motor, it has a slightly lower rotations per minute speed of just 3800 RPM. The other thing is that it has a 12 inch slide so it is slightly more uncomfortable to use. Still, it has earned a 4.8 stars rating on Amazon and, considering the price, we agree that the other users were spot on with their praises.

5. Bosch 5312 12-Inch Dual Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw

Bosch 5312 12-Inch Dual Bevel Slide Compound Miter Saw

 

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Believe it or not, even in our office, there are those who prefer the sliding rails system to the new Bosch aluminum arm system. For them we have decided to feature the Bosch 5312 on our list, although it tends to be a little too expensive without any impressive technical specifications. It does have a 15 Amps motor, and it does sound a little more silent with compared to other products, which would indicate that the Bosch renowned craftsmanship is still well and strong. But still, you are paying almost 50% more for a machine that has the same 12 slide range as the DeWalt DWS782.

6. DEWALT DW713 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw

DEWALT DW713 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw

 

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The DeWalt DW713 is the one machine that we had pinned as the best miter saw of 2014 on a budget, until we came upon the Hitachi. Even then it was a close race between the 2, but the fact remains that the DeWalt is almost 100 dollars more expensive. It does have 15 Amps motor running at 5,000 RPM, and it does have that brilliant dented plate with 11 positive stops that allow you to change the cutting angle extremely accurately and quickly. The fact remains, though, that, in a race for cash $100 is still a lot of money, so we decided to just draw your attention to the fact that the DW713 would make for an excellent second choice.

7. SKIL 3316-04 15-Amp Quick Mount Compound Miter Saw

SKIL 3316-04 15-Amp Quick Mount Compound Miter Saw

 

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The other contender for the budget miter choice was the SKIL 3316-04, but the fact is they are nowhere near as reliable as Hitachi or DeWalt and they usually win the low budget contest because they squeeze in some top end feature. So what we would have liked to see on the SKIL 3316-04, besides the 15 amps motor, which it has, would have been a sliding rail. Since it does not have it, we will have to appreciate the fact that it managed to earned a 5 star rating on Amazon, albeit from just 2 customers, but we would only see it as a third choice for our list. We do need to highlight the fact that it has a clamping system that holds the wood firmly pressed to the rail and that can be an important safety feature for beginner woodworkers who may find the smaller pieces of wood flying off the stand without it. Also, it is important to note that the handle was designed for both right and left handed users.

8. DEWALT DW717 10-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

DEWALT DW717 10-Inch Double-Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw

 

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The thing that we like the most about the DeWalt DW717 is its tall fence system that allows you to make perfect cuts even when handling tall moldings or crowns. The railings on the DW717 use a high quality ball bearing system that, although in danger of getting clogged up with dust, can be easily maintained and changed. It is probably one of the main reasons why the DeWalt DW717 has earned a 4.5 star rating on Amazon from nearly 100 customers.

9. Makita LS1040 10-Inch Compound Miter saw

Makita LS1040 10-Inch Compound Miter saw

 

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There are plenty of things to be said about the Makita LS1040 but the most important one is that it has earned a 4.4 star rating on Amazon from almost 50 customers. It has managed that because of its significantly low price, high power, 15 amps motor, and because of the large capacity of cuts it can make. It has 52 degrees cutting range to the right, and 47 degrees to the left, with 9 total positive stops along that cutting arc.

10. Hitachi C10FCH2 10-Inch Miter Saw with Laser

Hitachi C10FCH2 10-Inch Miter Saw with Laser

 

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The final product on our search for the best miter saw of 2014 is the Hitachi C10FCH2. It has very few performance upgrade in comparison to the first Hitachi we have talked about, but it is also just a little bit more expensive than our top 3 choice. The significant difference is that the Hitachi C10FCH2 has a laser guiding system that may be of some use to beginner woodworkers. However, miter saws are not that much bothered by the presence of wood dust and therefore a laser cutting system is not essential. We still love the Hitachi C10FCH2 for its incredibly low price and high performance, but we decided to go with the Hitachi C10FCE2 as our primary choice since it is somewhat less expensive.

Michael is an experienced carpenter and is your guide to finding out the best table saws on the market as the founder of TableSawGuide.com