Which Miter Saw Is Better For Your Project

Miter saws enjoy great popularity due to their versatility. Carpenters, DIYers, furniture makers, and woodworkers alike use this type of saw for a wide range of projects. In order to enhance your results, there are also miter saw stands that are suitable for your particular type of tool; at Straight Kerfs you can read detailed reviews of both stands and saws, so that you can make an informed decision.

Buying guide

All types of miter saws come with a set of useful features to set them apart from other tools:


Saws that are used regularly require a powerful motor; most miter saws have 10 to 15 amps of power. Direct drive motors are a better option than belt driven motors, as they are more powerful and last longer.

Dust collection

Most miter saws come with a rather ineffective dust bag. Those saws that do have a dust collection system will keep dust from getting inside the tool, thus increasing its lifespan, while also keeping your work area clean. In order to counteract a poor collection system, you can simply use a good shop vacuum.

Miter saws are used primarily for cutting wood, but they can also be used on other materials, like plastics, aluminum, and concrete. Therefore, there are different types of miter saws, each better suited for a different type of job, and each with its own price tag. More specifically, miter saws can be divided into: basic, compound, and sliding compound.

Basic miter saws

If you are a casual or a novice woodworker, then basic miter saws are a great option. They are suitable for making only a limited set of cuts, such as cross cuts and miter cuts, and for cutting trim. However, basic miter saws are accurate and very affordable.

Compound miter saws

With a compound miter saw, you can make not only miter but also bevel cuts (a bevel cut is a type of tilted cut). Compound miter saws can be single bevel or dual bevel. As the name suggests, single bevel saws make bevel cuts in one direction only; this means that if you want to get a cut in the opposite direction, you will have to move the workpiece. A dual bevel saw, on the other hand, makes cuts both left and right without the need of moving the workpiece.

Sliding compound miters saws

Professionals and people working with larger stock will find the versatility of the sliding compound miter saw very useful. This type of saw is basically a compound miter saw that has an extra sliding arm designed for cutting wider and thicker pieces of material. On the downside, a sliding compound miter saw is the most expensive out of all the types of miter saws available.