10 Best Miter Saws For Any Budget

Making miter cuts doesn’t need to be expensive. You can find the right miter saw no matter your budget.

We found the best miter saw to be the Bosch Power Tools GCM12SD. You can effortlessly slide the blade back and forth with the tip of your finger, not to mention the insane amount of add-ons you’ll be able to utilize.

If you’re on a budget, I recommend the SKIL 3821-01. It’s no-frills, but you’ll be able to cut wood all day long.

If you’re wanting to read the reviews or find a 10 inch miter saw for trimming, you’ll find that all below.

Let’s get to it!

Our Top Picks

TOP PICK
BOSCH Power Tools GCM12SD
9.7
BOSCH Power Tools GCM12SD
  • Gliding system
  • Tons of positive stops
  • Bevels left and right 45 degrees
RUNNER UP
DEWALT 12-Inch (DWS779)
9.5
DEWALT 12-Inch (DWS779)
  • Sliding mechanism
  • 15 amp motor
  • Stainless steel miter detent plates
BUDGET PICK
Metabo HPT 10-Inch
9.1
Metabo HPT 10-Inch
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • 5 positive stops


Best Miter Saw

TOP PICK
BOSCH Power Tools GCM12SD

With its buttery smooth gliding system, this miter saw is going to make ripping wood easy.

Key Features:

  • 14 inch cutting capacity
  • 15 amp motor
  • Dust collection system

The Bosch GCM12SD was revolutionary for its time and still is one of the best miter saws on the market. The gliding system changed the game, allowing you to saw back and forth with minimal effort. Lock the blade if you need and you can chop wood all day long.

The fence is 4″ 3/8th high and can help your accuracy when making cuts. If you don’t want them installed, you can remove them without any issue. On the sides are 2 levers that you can release to let the handles extend, helping you hold material. You can even screw in a stop to help with repetitive cuts.

You can rotate the saw easily, giving you the flexibility to get the perfect miter cuts at any angle. You’ll have tons of positive stops to choose from and you’ll be able to rely on the solid construction of this miter saw not moving around for accurate cuts.

The saw also bevels to the left or right 45 degrees, what can’t this saw do! You can change the blade with the Allen key on the back with a few screws. The handle also has triggers on both sides, making it easy for both left and right-handed people to use.

Reviewers mention that the dust collection bag isn’t the best. You can hook up your own dust collection system if you’re a professional that’s cutting all day.

This miter saw is also heavy, so if you want to lug it around from place to place you will need to buy the stand which is sold separately.

This is the best miter saw that I could find. You’ll be able to cut at any angle you need and slide the blade back and forth requiring less movement when doing repetitive cuts.

It’s got a heft to it which can be a good thing but will be difficult to lug around. I think if you’re a serious woodworker that relies on his/her tools, this miter saw won’t let you down.

Pros
  • High quality miter saw
  • Glides easily
  • Multiple angle settings
Cons
  • Dust blower can be a let down when you need it


Also Great 12 Inch Miter Saw

RUNNER UP
DEWALT 12-Inch (DWS779)

A bit less expensive option than the Bosch, the DeWalt DWS779 is another solid choice.

Key Features:

  • 15 amp motor
  • 2×14 dimensional lumbers at 90 degree and 2×10 at 45 degree
  • Dust collection system

 

The DeWalt DWS779 has a sliding mechanism which makes it easier to get the cuts that you need. It comes with 10 positive stops all along the bottom which help you lock-in accurate angles so you won’t need to guess when making cuts.

The fence can also be adjusted or removed depending on your needs. The slide mechanism can also be locked if you need to make repetitive cuts. It requires a bit more effort to move the slide than the Bosch GCM12SD, but it’s still a great tool.

You can bevel the saw from 0 to 48 degrees left and right. When you’re taking on more advanced woodworking projects, you’ll be able to finally get the pinpoint precision that’s required with this miter saw.

You won’t have any problems cutting wood with the reliable 15 amp motor. Reviewers also mentioned that they didn’t feel much vibration at all during usage.

The sawdust bag is going to get full fast after repetitive usage, it also is a bit in the way which can be bothersome. I do think that if you want to purchase this miter saw, you’re going to need to make sure you have a way to collect all the dust.

A professional or serious hobbyist will get a TON of use out of this saw. It’s solid and will last you a long while as long as you take care of it. It’s a bit cheaper than the first miter saw on this list but you can’t go wrong with the DeWalt DWS779.

Pros
  • 0 to 48 degree bevel
  • 15 amp motor
  • Lockable slide mechanism
Cons
  • Sawdust bag collects quickly


Best 12 Inch Compound Miter Saw

12 INCH COMPOUND
SKIL 3821-01 12-Inch Quick Mount

A no frill miter saw that cuts wood without issue.

Key Features:

  • 15 amp motor
  • 3.5 inch cutting capacity
  • Dust port

This is a no-frills compound miter saw that will do one thing well, cut wood. If you don’t require a sliding miter saw or want to save as much money as possible, this saw is a great option.

I like that this model comes with a laser cutline guide that will help if you’re new to using miter saws. More expensive models forego the laser but I think that you’ll benefit from it if you’re like me and a bit clumsy.

It has a quick-mount system that lets you set up fast and gets cutting right away. You will still have 9 positive stops letting you cut perfectly at any angle you wish. Not only that, it still bevels 45 degrees as you would expect.

The 12-inch blade is powered by a reliable 15 amp motor with 4500 RPMs which will be more than enough to slice through any wood. If you need it, you can purchase a stand separately and it’s light enough to throw in the back of a truck.

This doesn’t have a sliding mechanism which can be a bummer if you need that extra flexibility. Some purchasers mentioned this miter saw vibrated a lot which can be expected from a lower-priced saw.

If you’re only doing home DIY projects and need to step up your game, this compounding miter saw is a great choice. You won’t need to purchase anything more expensive than this to cut the wood you need right at home.

Pros
  • 9 positive stops
  • 15 amp motor
  • 12 inch blade
Cons
  • Doesn’t have sliding mechanism


Best Dual Bevel Miter Saw

DUAL BEVEL
DEWALT Miter Saw (DWS716XPS)

Love bevel cuts? This double bevel miter saw is what you’re looking for.

Key Features:

  • 15 amp motor power
  • 50 degree miter and 45 degree bevel cuts
  • Has dust collection

If you’re after a saw that can do bevel cuts in both directions, you’ve come to the right place. It bevels 48 degrees in both directions. Normal miter saws normally only bevel to one direction and don’t offer the flexibility this saw does.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of the positive stops at 0, 22.5, 33.9 and 45 degrees for bevel cuts. This is great if you’re doing intricate woodworking projects and need to be get precise cuts without compromise.

Not only that, you’ll still be able to use the tall sliding fences to cut crown molding up to 6 5/8th” and base molding 6.5″ vertically. You’ll also be able to use the integrated LED work light system which will help get you accurate cuts.

14 positive stops ensure accuracy and precision with miter cuts as well. You can do miter cuts in both directions which is a great feature and allows you to work without compromise.

Some purchasers mention that the accuracy of this saw suffered unless you upgrade to a thick kerf blade size. This is added cost that you may not be happy paying, but you should be able to find use in the saw regardless.

If you love doing bevel cuts, then you shouldn’t have to look elsewhere. This is one of the best miter saws out there.

Pros
  • 48 degree bevel left/right
  • Multiple positive stops
  • Integrated light system
Cons
  • Not the most accurate using the included blade


Also Great Dual Bevel Miter Saw

RUNNER UP DUAL BEVEL
Skil 10

This powerful miter saw has dual bevel features and boasts a whopping 4800RPM.

Key Features:

  • 15 amp/4800 RPM motor
  • 45 degree bevel/50 degree miter cutting angles
  • Dust collection

I love that you’ll be able to take advantage of the higher RPMs over the more expensive DeWalt miter saw. It even has a horizontal grip for easy cutting and safety. You can use the left or right trigger no matter what hand is your preference.

This bevel saw can also support 4.5″ base molding vertically and 6.25″ crown molding for easy cutting without the need for tricky bevel cuts. The sliding feature will also let you work with flexibility when you have some more difficult cuts to get through.

If you’re looking for accuracy, the shadow line laser will help with precision. You’ll also have access to 11 miter positive stops from 0 to 50 degrees in both directions. The saw also comes with a dust bag, hex key, clamp and extension rod to make your life easier.

The three year limited warranty is a nice touch as well should anything go wrong.

Unlike the DeWalt dual bevel miter saw, this one doesn’t have as many positive stops in the bevel direction. This can be a bit disappointing considering the appeal of this model is the dual bevel attribute.

I think that for the money, you will have a hard time finding a better deal for a dual bevel miter saw. It has higher RPM than the more expensive DeWalt saw but does have some less features. Overall, it’s still a great buy if you’re a professional or a weekend warrior.

Pros
  • High RPMS
  • 11 positive stops
  • Comes with a dust bag
Cons
  • Doesn’t have a lot of positive stops when doing bevels


Best Compact Miter Saw

COMPACT
BOSCH CM10GD Compact Miter Saw

This compact miter saw is going to be a great addition to any professional’s power tool arsenal.

Key Features:

  • 6 amp motor
  • 45 left/60 degree cutting angle
  • Dust bag included

Bosch has included their exclusive Axial glide system so you can take advantage of wider cross cuts and better alignment. Even though it’s a compact miter saw, you’ll still be able to have features of full sized miter saws.

With superb control, the crown chop will allow you to cut upright base molding and crown molding in the nested position. The handle has triggers on both sides so if you’re a righty or a lefty, you won’t have to use your non-dominant hand. It’s a dual bevel system as well so you can do bevel cutting angles in both directions.

The small size is also great if you’re running low on space or want to travel with a miter saw that isn’t a bulky 12 inch full version. You’ll still be able to enjoy from positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6 and 45 degrees in the right direction and left, but the right also goes a bit farther to 60 degrees.

The dust bag is a great feature to keep you mobile and dust-free wherever you decide to work. It also has an easy blade change system for easy maneuvering should you need to swap out for a heavy-duty blade.

The price on this guy is not modest. You could pay less and get a full sized model like the DEWALT Miter Saw instead. But, you will be able to take advantage of the compact size and Bosch brand for peace of mind. It also doesn’t come with a laser which is a bit of a disappointment.

If you’re after a compact miter saw or don’t have room in your workshop, this is the solution for you. You’ll still have all the features of a full sized model, but the price is a bit much if you’re looking for a budget buy. Overall, worth looking into.

Pros
  • Great control
  • Handle has triggers on both sides
  • Comes with a dust bag
Cons
  • Expensive


Best Cordless Miter Saw

CORDLESS
DEWALT 20V MAX* 7-1/4-Inch Miter Saw

In a remote area without an outlet? A cordless miter saw like this one will do the trick.

Key Features:

  • 20V amp motor/4100 RPM
  • 45 degree bevels, 45 degree miter cutting angles
  • Dust collection bag

You can pick up a compact miter saw or go with a cordless option if you’re on the job. The easier solution will be to go with a cordless miter saw to make picking up and go easy as can be. At 31.6 pounds, you shouldn’t have an issue tossing it into the back of your vehicle and getting along your day.

You’ll have the capacity to cut 3 5/8″ nested crown and 3 1/2 base vertically. You can take advantage of the oversized bevel scale to make getting it into the right position easy as heck. You can bevel up to 45 degrees and miter cuts as well to 45 degrees.

You have 11 positive stops to choose from for pinpoint accuracy. When doing cross cuts, you also get a cross-cut positioning system to make accurate cuts on the fly.

The 7.25″ blade will still be able to do quick cuts without an issue. Reviewers mention that they felt this model was still as powerful as corded options when working at full capacity. The battery does an average of 183 cuts of 2×4 pine or 275 cuts of 3.25 baseboard.

This model doesn’t come with a battery which will add to the overall cost of this cordless miter saw.

If you’re on the go, cordless miter saws may be a good option for you. This one packs all the features you’d expect and more. Just be sure to pick up a battery if you decide to go with this option.

Pros
  • Cordless
  • Bevels 45 degrees
  • Lightweight 
Cons
  • Doesn’t come with a battery
  • Not going to be suitable for long term work


Best Budget Miter Saw

BUDGET PICK
Metabo HPT 10-Inch Compound

Hard to beat this miter saw for the price.

Key Features:

  • 15 amp motor
  • Dust collection system
  • 24.2lb weight

For the price, you’re going to have difficulty beating this miter saw. You aren’t purchasing anything but the capability to provide miter cuts, and this saw just does that.

It still comes with the trusty 15 amp motor that you rely on to get perfect cuts. The miter angles allow you to go from 0-52 degrees. The bevel range only tilts 45 degrees to the left which is a bit unfortunate.

It’s super lightweight, allowing you to easily store it. It’s great if you have tight space in your garage and don’t have room for a heavy-duty miter saw. You’ll also be able to take it with you if you need to transport it to a job site.

It comes with 5 positive stops giving you enough wiggle room to get the right miter cut for your job. This miter saw is going to be great for anyone that just wants to cut wood and nothing more.

While the lightweight of this miter saw can be seen as a feature, it can also cause the saw to move around if not secured. Buying a table will cost extra, so make sure to secure the device before using it.

I think this is the best budget miter saw for anyone who doesn’t need it for professional work. You’ll be able to utilize all the features of a great miter saw without paying for the hefty price tag of a professional model.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Miter angles from 0-52 degrees
  • 5 positive stops
Cons
  • Since it’s so light, reviewers mention that it can vibrate around if not secured down


Best 10 Inch Miter Saw

10 INCH
Metabo HPT 10-Inch

You’ll be able to cut through even the hardest wood with it’s 15 amp motor while saving on space with its compact construction.

Key Features:

  • 15 amp motor
  • 60 degree cutting angle
  • Comes with dust collection bag

 

If you need to do a lot of trim work but don’t need to cut thicker boards, then you’ll only need this miter saw. The laser will ensure that you get the pinpointed accuracy that you need when working on your next project.

You’ll have 60 degrees of angle to the right and 55 degrees to the left of miter cuts to choose from. The sliding mechanism will give you the versatility you need when making trims. You’ll be able to cut all the way through wide boards.

The front bevel lock allows you to easily change the angle you’re working with without having to reach around the back. The equipped LED light will also illuminate any dark areas on the wood you’re cutting so you can get the most accurate cuts.

It comes with a dust collection bag but like most miter saws, they don’t work that well.

The weight of this saw can make it move around if it isn’t secured. You can fix that by securing it with screws or getting a table. The dust collection system also leaves something to be desired. You can hook up a shop vac if the dust gets out of control.

If you don’t need to cut through thick pieces of wood, then this 10-inch miter saw can be just what you need. It’s going to be a reliable piece of equipment that’ll last you for years to come.

Pros
  • Front bevel lock
  • Great for trim work
  • LED lights
Cons
  • Weight of the saw can cause it to move around
  • Dust collection system isn’t the best


Runner Up 10 Inch Miter Saw

RUNNER UP 10 INCH
Genesis GMS1015LC

Even though it’s runner-up, this 10 inch miter saw is still one of the best around.

Key Features:

  • 15 amp/4600 rpm motor
  • 45 degree cutting angle
  • Dust collection bag

 

I love that you’ll be able to use take advantage of the electronic brake stop should anything go wrong. When using heavy-duty tools like miter saws, you want to be able to stop the blade at a moment’s notice. Kickbacks do happen, and it’s better safe than sorry.

With 9 position stops at common angled cuts, you’ll be able to get the perfect miter cut each time. It can tilt 45 degrees left or right depending on your needs. If you’re worried about your accuracy, the added laser cutting guide will help you be precise.

For such a low price, it still comes with a hold-down clamp, a dust bag, two extension wings and a blade wrench. Other models on this list only come with the tool only, and for the price, this is an all-inclusive deal. For a few bucks extra, you can also add in a sawhorse or a clamp to help make your job easier.

The arbor lock also allows for quick blade changes should you require to install a heavy duty blade over the one it comes with. The motor goes up to 4600RPM which is more than enough for most woodworking projects. To top it all off, it comes with a 2-year warranty should anything go wrong.

Won’t be suitable for heavy duty use but still great for the weekend warrior. Some reviewers mentioned that the angled cuts were a bit off but others found that they had no issue.

I think for the price, you won’t be able to beat this deal. If you’re looking to spice up your weekend projects, then this miter saw will be a great addition to your power tool collection.

Pros
  • 9 positive stops
  • Low price
  • Arbor lock
Cons
  • Not great for heavy duty applications
  • Has some issues with accuracy


Miter Saw FAQ

Do I need a sliding miter saw?

Sliding miter saws making it easier to cut through longer boards of wood. Imagine if your miter saw didn’t slide, you would need to turn the board over to cut all the way through. A sliding miter saw can save you time and energy.

What’s the difference between a sliding and compound miter saw?

A sliding miter saw does just that, slides the blade back and forth. A compound miter saw doesn’t have rails allowing you to cut through thicker pieces of wood.

What type of miter saw should I buy?

It depends on your needs, budget, and expertise. I would recommend any professional to invest in their miter saw as you’re going to use it every single day. If you’re only doing light trim work, you’ll get away with a 10″ miter saw vs a 12″ and save on space.

If you’re needing to cut through thick pieces of wood, then go with a compound miter saw. If you’re needing to do a little of everything, then a sliding compound miter saw is going to be a good choice if you can afford it.

What to look for in a miter saw?

Quality: Get the best quality tool for your budget. It’ll last longer and be there when you need it. Nothing is worse than trying to save some cash on a much-needed item only to have to buy a better version in a few months’ time.

Usage: If you’re an at-home DIYer, you likely don’t need a 12-inch sliding miter saw with the works. If you’re a pro, you will need to buy one that matches the output you’re needing. You want your tools to work with you, not against you.

Corded vs Cordless: If you’re buying a miter saw for home use, then make sure you buy a corded version since you won’t ever need to charge a battery. For the professionals that move from jobsite to jobsite where electricity isn’t always available, a cordless version can do you good.

Motor: You want a powerful motor that can cut through hard woods without any issue.

Bevel and Positive Stops: If you need to make a lot of angled cuts that require measurements, make sure your miter saw has plenty of positive stops to choose from. Those are the angles that your miter saw will lock in and cut. It’s also important that your miter saw bevels to the appropriate angle.

Can You Use a Miter Saw on the Ground?

Miter saws can be used on the floor but it is not recommended as it can become a hazard quite quickly. You can opt for using a miter saw stand instead to make sure that you aren’t putting yourself or anyone else in danger.

Will a 10-inch miter saw cut a 4×4?

A 10 inch miter saw is great but you will not be able to cut through a 4×4 in one go. You’ll need to opt for 12 inch miter saws to be able to cut through the 4×4 in one pass which is going to be ideal. It’s safer and you will have less work to deal with.

Final Thoughts

If you’re serious about your tools, the Bosch Power Tools GCM12SD is the best miter saw around. Anyone who gets their hand on it won’t be sorry! Another option for simply wood-cutting is the SKIL 3821-01, no-frills but still a solid choice.

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