10 Best Mitre Saws of 2024

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The Best Mitre Saws

  1. Best lightweight mitre saw on a budget - Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw

  2. Best for reduced dust levels - Bosch GCM8SJL Sliding Mitre Saw

  3. Best compact mitre saw for precision - DeWalt DCS365N-XJ XR Cordless Mitre Saw

  4. Best for multipurpose cutting - Evolution R255SMS+ Compound Sliding Mitre Saw

  5. Best no-frills mitre saw - Einhell TC-MS 2112 Compound Mitre Saw

  6. Best brushless mitre saw - Bosch GCM 18V-216 Biturbo Cordless Mitre Saw

  7. Best portable mitre saw - Ryobi EMS190DC Cordless Mitre Saw

  8. Best for blade speed - Dewalt DWS774 Compound Sliding Mitre Saw

  9. Best mitre saw for beginners - Metabo KGS216M Compound Sliding Mitre Saw

  10. Best value double bevel mitre saw - Lumberjack SCMS254DB Double-Bevel Mitre Saw

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1. Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw[ SAVE 30% ]

Best lightweight mitre saw on a budget

best mitre saw Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw
  • The compact size of this mitre saw makes it an ideal choice for anyone with a tiny workshop. If bench space is at a premium, this is a better choice compared with the Metabo KGS216M.
  • Evolution have built their good reputation on their excellent tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) multi-material blades. You don’t need to worry if there are screws lurking in your timber.
  • Even though this is a budget level mitre saw, it certainly doesn’t feel flimsy. You get a fully metal blade guard, which is a welcome addition and should last for a long time.
  • If you’re looking for a job site saw that you can take with you to the job, this is the best portable mitre saw on my list. Weighing just 5.8 kg, it’s quite marvellous.

  • Whether it’s just the mitre saw that I tested out or not, there’s a little slop in the mitre angle even when “locked” in place.
  • Compared with the DeWalt DWS774, there should be some onboard storage for the 6 mm hex key. It’s a vital piece of kit for changing blades, but I know I’ll lose it.
  • Something that a lot of mitre saw users like and use a lot are cutting guides. Whether you like a laser or not, I still think a work light would be an incredibly useful add on to have.
  • The TCT blade is certainly capable, but it leaves a wider kerf compared with some more expensive mitre saws. This leads to more wastage over time.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Mains - 1,200W
Blade Speed
3,750rpm
Blade Diameter
210mm
Max Straight Cut
125 x 55mm
Max Bevel Cut
125 x 35mm
Max Mitre Cut
85 x 45mm
Max Compnd Cut
85 x 35mm
Weight
5.8kg
Overall Score 4.2Read In-depth Review
Design
3.5
Performance
3.5
Power
4
Noise
4
Safety
5
Value for Money
5

One of the bigger names in home DIY kit, Evolution are famous for their blades and loved for their honest wallet-friendly prices. The Evolution R210CMS is right down there in terms of price, as it costs just a fraction of the big Bosch GCM8SJL, but still provides decent cutting ability for a budget chop saw.

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I’m a big fan of how small and light this little saw is. Weighing less than 6 kg, this little machine could almost fit in your pocket. It doesn’t have a huge cutting capacity, but if you’re tackling standard bits of timber then it’ll get the job done. And thanks to the amazing TCT multi-material blade, you’re not limited to cutting wood either. You can get stuck into plastics, aluminium and even steel if you need to!

This budget saw doesn’t come without its drawbacks though. It suffers from a clunky mitre table that struggles to lock into place, and for the money, you don’t get a work light to keep things illuminated. Nevertheless, this is a solid and honest little saw that will get the job done.

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Runner Up

2. Bosch GCM8SJL Sliding Mitre Saw[ SAVE 30% ]

Best for reduced dust levels

best mitre saw Bosch GCM8SJL Sliding Mitre Saw
  • You can expect the best from Bosch’s “blue” line of professional quality power tools. Favoured by tradespeople around the world, this is a robust and well-made bit of kit.
  • The depth stop function is brilliant for making trench cuts in timber, something you can’t do with a lot of the mitre saws on my list.
  • With two extraction ports situated next to the blade, it does an amazing job at keeping the dust levels down when paired up with a shop vac.
  • With the flick of a red lever, you can extend the width of the table easily- longer workpieces can be supported without having to buy extra extenders.
  • Adjusting the laser guide is ridiculously easy compared to some other mitre saws- a single screw pans it left to right.

  • Even though this is a very capable and heavy-duty mitre saw, it cuts 30 mm less at 90° in comparison to similar saws.
  • Weighing nearly 16 kg, I’d rather not lug this around compared to some of the true portable mitre saws I’ve reviewed.
  • As you might expect from a Bosch Professional mitre saw, you’re going to pay Bosch Professional prices. This sort of quality never comes cheap.
  • In comparison with smaller, ultra-portable mitre saw options, this is a big beast that you’ll struggle to hide away in a little workshop.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Mains - 1,650W
Blade Speed
5,500rpm
Blade Diameter
216mm
Max Straight Cut
270 x 70mm
Max Bevel Cut
270 x 48mm
Max Mitre Cut
190 x 70mm
Max Compnd Cut
190 x 48mm
Weight
17.3kg
Overall Score 4.2Read In-depth Review
Design
4
Performance
4.5
Power
5
Noise
3
Safety
5
Value for Money
3.5
The Bosch GCM8SJL is a sophisticated and impressive machine made from excellent materials and packed with clever features. It has a huge capacity and a powerful motor to make it all run smoothly. It’s ideal for professional tradespeople, but keen DIYers will appreciate the precision of the saw as well.

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The success of this saw depends on what you want to do with it though. Even though it’s got a handle on top, it weighs more than 17 kg so it’s not that portable. I wouldn’t want to carry it up flights of stairs every day, so I think this is more of a workshop saw than a job site one.

If, like me, you haven’t got tons of space for all your woodworking gear then the overall footprint of this tool is a bit too big. The sliding section and mitre table control arm stick out too much for it to sit on anything other than my folding Workmate, which isn’t as solid as a proper bench.

I can’t fault this mitre saw for power, capacity, or ruggedness. It’s extremely capable and would be an asset to any professional joiner or fitter. But, for me, I don’t need most of the features and prefer a saw that is lighter to carry and takes up less space when not in use.

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3. DeWalt DCS365N-XJ XR Cordless Mitre Saw

Best compact mitre saw for precision

best mitre saw DeWalt DCS365N XJ XR Cordless Mitre Saw
  • Even though it’s extremely lightweight and portable, it’s still got that tough DeWalt build quality that tradespeople have come to expect from them.
  • I would happily use the XPS shadow cut line over any laser guide- mainly because it’s always accurate to the saw blade and even displays what the kerf width will be before cutting.
  • The most common mitre angles have deep, positive stops built in that are easy to move to and should speed up the head scratching part of the job.
  • The transport handle on the top and two handles cut out of the base itself give you plenty of options when you need to move the saw around. You can even carry it one handed!
  • Fine tuning the bevel and mitre stops is ridiculously easy and is achieved by tightening or loosening a simple bolt mechanism. It’s the most intuitive system I’ve used, and it works every time.

  • As good as this saw is, the price will turn off a lot of DIYers. It’s a DeWalt, it’s cordless, and it’s amazing, so don’t expect it to come cheap.
  • The DCS365N-XJ is much more suited to cutting trim and fine work compared to the big boys on the mitre saw market. It’s a bit out of its depth if you try to use it for heavy framing work.
  • All the portability and compact size of this saw comes with a price- the cutting capacity is one of the lowest in comparison to the rest of my list.
  • Like most other battery powered mitre saws, there’s no depth stop function on this power tool, so forget making trenches or dadoes for lap joints.
  • Some users won’t like the horizontal handle setup on a mitre saw made for finer work- it’s more commonly found on heavy duty saws.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Battery - 18V
Blade Speed
3,750rpm
Blade Diameter
184mm
Max Straight Cut
250 x 50mm
Max Bevel Cut
250 x 35mm
Max Mitre Cut
176 x 50mm
Max Compnd Cut
176 x 35mm
Weight
11.1kg
Overall Score 4.5
Design
5
Performance
4
Power
5
Noise
4

Anyone who’s used a battery-operated DeWalt knows why they’re considered some of the best cordless mitre saws you can get. Ergonomically designed, tough enough for the job site and packed with clever refinements, the sliding single bevel  DeWalt DCS365N-XJ is ready to work wherever you need it. It also only weighs around 12 kg with the battery.

What makes this one of the best mitre saws for accurate cutting is the XPS cutline system. Instead of using a laser guide, DeWalt have opted for a shadow cast by two LED lights above the blade. Not only does it show exactly where the blade will hit but the exact width of whatever blade you have installed. It’s brilliant.

Don’t forget this is a “bare” tool that will need batteries. You can use any existing XR 18V battery, but you should really go for a high Amp hour unit to get a decent amount of running time.

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  • The Japanese made multi-material tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blade is brilliant, it’ll cut through just about anything you throw at it.
  • At 255 mm, it’s the joint biggest blade on my list and comes armed with 28 teeth. It’ll spin faster at the rim and cut cleaner than the competition.
  • The blade size and slide feature help to give you one of the biggest cutting sizes of all the mitre saws I tested. You won’t have to flip the workpiece over every time you want to make a longer or deeper cut.
  • The horizontal handle feels more natural if you’re used to using them on mitre saws, and the big safety switch is intuitive to use.
  • Given the size of the cut you can make and the versatile nature of the multi-material blade, this is one of the best value saws you can get your hands on right now.

  • The R255SMS+, at 15.2 kg, is portable but only if you’re feeling fit. Probably not an ideal jobsite saw if you need to climb ten flights of stairs to get there!
  • Some users have complained that the soft start feature is too slow, and that you need to wait for a couple of seconds before the saw spins up to cutting speed.
  • Even though there are three workpiece clamps, the quality of the quick release system has been criticised, especially compared to the simple but effective cam clamps on similar mitre saws.
  • Some users have criticised the laser guide, for being a bit dim and sometimes falling out of parallel with the blade.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Mains - 2,000W
Blade Speed
2,600rpm
Blade Diameter
255mm
Max Straight Cut
300 x 80mm
Max Bevel Cut
300 x 45mm
Max Mitre Cut
210 x 80mm
Max Compnd Cut
210 x 45mm
Weight
15.2kg
Overall Score 4.3
Design
4
Performance
5
Power
4
Noise
4
Safety
4
Value for Money
4.5

The Evolution R255SMS+ is one of Evolution Power Tool’s most popular compound mitre saws. This version does not have a double bevel feature like the Evolution R255CMS-DB+ (where the saw arm can be tilted both left and right to 45°), but it’s significantly cheaper.

Both these Evolution mitre saws feature the same 2,000-Watt motor, as long as you have a 230-volt power supply, use the same 255 mm circular blade and share similar features like Evolution Power Tool’s proprietary multi-material cutting technology.

If you don’t need the double-bevel feature, then the R255SMS+ is a very viable alternative to the R255CMS-DB+. This high quality powerful saw is one of the best DIY mitre saws on the market.

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  • If you’re looking for a mighty power to weight ratio, this is one of the best performing mitre saws I’ve checked out. You get 1,600 Watts of power and there’s only 7.1 kg of weight to lug around.
  • It’s not just a lightweight saw, but the footprint is small as well. This means it’ll take up comparatively less bench space than a traditional full-size mitre saw, which is handy for anyone with only a small space to work in.
  • The ruler marked into the swivel base comes in handy for quick width measurements on the fly.
  • The included saw blade is of a good quality. You get 48 carbide-tipped teeth for making short work of cutting materials up to 55 mm deep.
  • I like the cast aluminium base- it’s rigid and strong without adding too much extra weight to the saw.

  • There aren’t any positive stops on the saw table at useful mitre angles such as 45° or even 90°. Setting it to make straight cuts takes more fiddling than should be necessary.
  • Locking off the mitre angle isn’t easy compared to the best mitre saws on the market. Instead of locking off the angle on the end of the degree indicator you need to tighten a screw behind the fence instead. It’s fiddly and gets in the way.
  • It’s impossible to use the left clamp if you tilt the saw any more than a few degrees in that direction.
  • The included dust bag is pretty much useless- it’s nice to have one but without vacuum pressure it barely collects any dust at all.
  • There’s no laser guide or shadow line system set up for quickly referencing where the saw blade is going to touch the workpiece.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Mains - 1,600W
Blade Speed
4,900rpm
Blade Diameter
210mm
Max Straight Cut
120 x 55mm
Max Bevel Cut
120 x 32mm
Max Mitre Cut
80 x 55mm
Max Compnd Cut
80 x 32mm
Weight
11.0kg
Overall Score 3.8Read In-depth Review
Design
3.5
Performance
4
Power
5
Noise
3
Safety
3.5
Value for Money
4
The third German tool brand on my list, Einhell’s reputation for affordable quality is on the line. The Einhell TC-MS 2112 is a pint-sized and basic chop saw that can cut well but lacks some refinement and features.

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It’s perfectly suited to a casual DIYer that wants to cut timber at angles but doesn’t want to splash out on extra features they might never use. You don’t get a laser guide or work light to help you out, but it’s perfectly fine for basic woodworking.

It’s the build quality that lets this saw down for me. The plastic parts, especially the safety lever, feel a bit too sharp and flexible for a saw that’s spinning around at 5,000 rpm. It doesn’t fill me full of confidence to be brutally honest. It’s an honest saw but I don’t know if it’s built to last.

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  • Bosch’s BITURBO technology matches advanced brushless motors with their ProCORE 18V battery system for exceptional power and surprising efficiency.
  • A massive cutting depth of 70 mm is possible with this blade size, more than enough for most site work.
  • The big carry handle on the top is great for carrying the saw about, it weighs around 15 kg with the battery, which is great for a full size mitre saw.
  • The controls and layout are simple and intuitive- if you’ve ever used a mitre saw before you’ll have this set up and cutting exactly the way you want in moments.
  • Changing blades is made easy with a single hex wrench that’s tucked neatly into the saw body.

  • Although you don’t need to use Bosch’s ProCORE 18V batteries, there’s a noticeable drop in performance without them.
  • The bevel angle can be set to a maximum of 45°, which is a bit less compared to some of the competition. Being able to reach 55° would make this a much more useful saw.
  • The dust extractor is mounted high up on the saw and has a sharp bend in it, which makes dust extraction without a shop vac difficult- don’t expect great results with a dust bag.
  • As this is a “naked” power tool, don’t expect it to come with batteries or a charger.
  • You can only cut compound cuts in one direction unless you remove part of the fence.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Battery - 18V
Blade Speed
4,600rpm
Blade Diameter
216mm
Max Straight Cut
270 x 70mm
Max Bevel Cut
270 x 45mm
Max Mitre Cut
190 x 70mm
Max Compnd Cut
190 x 45mm
Weight
15.7kg
Overall Score 4.3
Design
4
Performance
5
Power
5
Noise
3

Forming part of Bosch’s “blue” line of professional-level power tools, the Bosch GCM 18V-216 is one of the best compact cordless mitre saws on the market. It makes use of Bosch Professional BITURBO technology – a high-performance combination of their best Pro Core batteries and brushless motors specifically designed for cordless work.

This cordless mitre saw is a beast – it has the equivalent cutting power to a 1,600 Watt corded version and a 216 mm saw blade that offers unrivalled cutting capacity, but you do pay for it in weight as it’s a hefty 16 kg with the battery in place.

The technical data shows that this Bosch mitre saw is more than capable of handling large pieces of timber without having to flip them over, which is great for timber framing DIY projects but probably a bit unwieldy for more precise work. You get a laser guide and work light built-in, and a sturdy work handle for transportation.

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  • The king of the ultra-portable mitre saws! Not only is this a cordless power tool but at just 8.5 kg you could tuck it under your arm and take it with you just about anywhere.
  • Making use of Ryobi’s ONE+ battery system means you can share the batteries from your drill or other cordless power tool and save yourself some serious money.
  • The pre-set angles on the swivelling mitre base have a pleasant click to them - changing between popular numbers is really easy.
  • Even though the cutting capacity is small when you compare it to some of the big boys on my list, it can still tackle the classic 2 x 4” size used in most timber frame constructions.
  • The motor spins up quickly, smoothly, and is mercifully quiet compared to other saws.

  • There’s no in-built way to extend the table width and support longer workpieces on the go.
  • Compared to some of the mitre saws on my list, the cut capacity is quite small. Stick to cutting mouldings and don’t bother trying to cut large timbers.
  • This isn’t a mitre saw with a sliding function, you can only pivot the saw blade up and down.
  • The fence is one solid piece of material without any holes drilled into it. If you want to add a sacrificial or extended fence, you’ll have to drill the holes yourself.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Battery - 18V
Blade Speed
4,500rpm
Blade Diameter
190mm
Max Straight Cut
108 x 38mm
Max Bevel Cut
108 x 35mm
Max Mitre Cut
76 x 38mm
Max Compnd Cut
76 x 35mm
Weight
8.5kg
Overall Score 3.8
Design
4
Performance
3.5
Power
3.5
Noise
4.5
Safety
4
Value for Money
3

Another trusted tool brand from Japan, Ryobi have been making life easier for DIYers and professionals since 1945. Their ONE+ battery system is great; you can share any battery in the range and power up anything from a lawnmower to what we think is one of the best cordless mitre saws for the money.

This Ryobi cordless mitre saw is more of a lightweight mitre saw than Bosch’s version. It’s just over 8 kg with the battery in place, so it’s truly portable if you need to carry it up several flights of stairs. You do lose out on a fair amount of cutting capacity however.

The only drawback of this saw is the smaller cutting capacity than most of the competition because it doesn’t feature a slide and it’s only a single bevel unit. However, it’s a noticeably light mitre saw and still large enough to cut smaller sizes of timber.

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  • Combining light weight with ferocious power, the DWS774 punches way above its weight and is easy enough to carry around when you need to.
  • The XPS positioning system is simply the best marking system on the market if you ask me. The shadow cast by the blade is the more accurate than any laser guide and will change with the blade width.
  • Build quality is what you’d expect from the best mitre saw brand out there- the cast aluminium base, chunky motor housing and all controls are chunky and built to last.
  • DeWalt make some of the most respected mitre saw blades available, and the TCT tooth one included won’t need replacing to get the most out of this power tool.

  • The maximum cutting size on the DeWalt isn’t as big as it could be.
  • It’s also not the lightest saw on my list. If portability is the most important thing to you, go for something like the Einhell TC-MS 2112.
  • Don’t forget that this is a professional level mitre saw made for tradespeople and serious DIYers. This is reflected in the price, so if you’re after a bargain try something cheaper!
  • Some users have reported problems with the trigger mechanism pinching the webbing between thumb and forefinger. You could wear gloves, but it’s not always ideal.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Mains - 1,400W
Blade Speed
4,500rpm
Blade Diameter
216mm
Max Straight Cut
250 x 62mm
Max Bevel Cut
265 x 48mm
Max Mitre Cut
177 x 62mm
Max Compnd Cut
190 x 48mm
Weight
12.0kg
Overall Score 4.4Read In-depth Review
Design
4.5
Performance
5
Power
4.5
Noise
5
Safety
3.5
Value for Money
4
Doing away with sliding table extensions and different bevel stops for complicated joinery, the DeWalt DWS774-GB feels to me like the perfect saw for a DIYer who demands quality and performance but doesn’t have lots of room. Everything about this little saw has been fine-tuned to provide maximum power and precision without becoming too big.
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I’m well aware of DeWalt’s pedigree when it comes to powered saws, but even I was blown away by the telescopic slide-out function. Initially thinking it was a basic up-and-down chop saw due to its small footprint, I almost couldn’t believe that it can cut timbers up to 250 x 60 mm! And because the slide telescopes out, you don’t need acres of room behind the saw, making it ideal for the tiny workshop.

I need to take some marks off for the slightly uncomfortable handle and lack of a left-handed safety button, but that’s about all I don’t like about this saw. I can pick it up and carry it around by the two large handles without breaking a sweat, then put it down and cut accurately thanks to the phenomenal XPS shadow line technology. This saw is a cut above the rest.

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9. Metabo KGS216M Compound Sliding Mitre Saw

Best mitre saw for beginners

best mitre saw Metabo KGS216M Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
  • Own a surprisingly affordable power mitre saw from one of the best names in the business.
  • You can mitre the saw up to 47° in both directions, making it ideal for fiddly skirting boards when 45° isn’t quite enough.
  • When tilting this compound saw, you can override the 45° to a useful 47°, and even tilt the other direction to -2°.
  • The large size carry handle reminds you that this is a truly portable mitre saw- it’s comfortable to hold on to and big enough for the largest hands wearing gloves.
  • There are two powerful LED work lights as well as a laser guide for accuracy. They’re controlled by separate switches as well, which is a nice touch.

  • Some users have complained about the included saw blade and have swapped it out for a higher quality one for the best results.
  • The extending arms are pretty flimsy in comparison with some of the best mitre saws I’ve tested out.
  • Making fine adjustments to the blade angle is a bit of a nightmare, according to some users.
  • Setting the power saw up for its first use isn’t helped by the incredibly basic manual. If you’re new to DIY it might put you off for a while!
  • It’s a light mitre saw, but the large sliding capacity means it takes up quite a lot of room. It’s not an ideal saw for small workshops.
Single/Double Bevel
Single
Power
Mains - 1,500W
Blade Speed
5,000rpm
Blade Diameter
216mm
Max Straight Cut
305 x 65mm
Max Bevel Cut
305 x 36mm
Max Mitre Cut
205 x 65mm
Max Compnd Cut
205 x 36mm
Weight
13.5kg
Overall Score 3.8Read In-depth Review
Design
3.5
Performance
4
Power
4
Noise
3
Safety
4
Value for Money
4
Built along the same lines as the Bosch GCM8SJL, the Metabo KGS216M is a small-bladed mitre saw that can tackle enormous pieces of timber. Showcasing an enormous slide-out section and table extensions, it’s not quite as solid as the Bosch but it still performs well.
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It does suffer from the same problem as the Bosch, unfortunately. For me, one of the things I look for in a “small” mitre saw is portability and a small footprint for storage. I don’t use a mitre saw every day, so it’s difficult to justify giving over a huge section of my shed to this big beast.

However, if you’re a DIYer that struggles with large bits of wood and needs the extra capacity, it’s ideal. It might not be quite as solid as the Bosch, with a slightly flimsy fence and bendy plastic control knobs, but it’s a lot less expensive as well! This is a decent saw from one of the better German tool brands, that makes sense if cut capacity is your number one priority.

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10. Lumberjack SCMS254DB Double-Bevel Mitre Saw

Best value double bevel mitre saw

best mitre saw Lumberjack SCMS254DB Double Bevel Mitre Saw
  • Finding an affordable mitre saw that offers a double bevel function makes this one of the most useful power tools compared to even the most expensive saws on my list.
  • The double bevel aspect of this mitre saw means that if you’re planning on making a lot of different compound cuts, you’ll save yourself a lot of bother flipping the workpiece around.
  • The cutting capacity on this mitre saw is unbeatable compared to the competition. Nearly 90 mm depth and 254 mm sliding function gives you a whopping 305 mm maximum straight cut.
  • For the price you pay, this is a feature-packed and powerful mitre saw- you get a laser guide, a dust bag, depth stops for trenching and an expanding saw table.
  • Supplied with a multi-material blade that can cut through wood and metal, meaning you don’t need to change blades all the time.

  • Adjusting the fences and blade are not as easy as some of the more professional level saws on the list- the grub screws are fiddly and not accurately finished.
  • It’s often said that you get what you pay for- there are plenty of features but nothing on this saw quite compares with more professional level saw brands in terms of build quality or jobsite toughness.
  • The laser guide is a bit dim and isn’t easy to read outdoors or under strong indoor lighting systems.
  • Dust extraction is an important feature on mitre saws, especially if you’re working in someone’s home- the port is annoyingly small and can’t keep up, even with a shop vac attached.
  • It’s big and it’s powerful, but that makes it a noisy saw to operate. You’ve got to spend more money for a refined mitre saw.
Single/Double Bevel
Double
Power
Mains - 2,000W
Blade Speed
4,500rpm
Blade Diameter
255mm
Max Straight Cut
305 x 89mm
Max Bevel Cut
305 x 38mm
Max Mitre Cut
216 x 89mm
Max Compnd Cut
216 x 38mm
Weight
16.5kg
Overall Score 3.8
Design
4
Performance
4
Power
4
Noise
3
Safety
4
Value for Money
4

The Lumberjack SCMS254DB is a sliding compound mitre saw that offers great value for money. For the price, you might expect it to be lacking in features, but it proves to be one of the best double-bevel mitre saws you can get hold of.

The build quality is excellent with a solid cast aluminium base that gives extra strength and rigidity to the saw, making it feel very sturdy even though it weighs a relatively light 16.5 kg. It’s powerful as well, the 2,000-Watt motor delivers a no-load speed of 4,500 rpm to power the 10″ (255 mm) blade, which is more than enough for most basic DIY projects.

The angle and depth adjustors are solid and ensure precise cutting. This is backed up by the precision laser guide. And because of the sliding function, workpieces up to 12″ (305 mm) in width can be cut without turning the piece over.

One of our favourite features is the double bevelled sawing arm- you can tilt the saw both ways, saving you having to flip your workpiece over.

For the serious DIYer or professional this value for money mitre saw is one of the best 10-inch mitre saws around and is well worth considering. If you are on a budget, this might be the best mitre saw to suit your needs.

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Selecting the ideal mitre saw involves a comprehensive evaluation of several key aspects, including design and build quality, cutting capability, power and motor performance, noise levels, safety features, weight and value for money. Here’s how I assessed each:

  • Design and Build Quality: I began my assessment by closely examining each mitre saw’s design and build quality. I considered the construction materials, ergonomics, and overall durability. Well-designed saws made from high-quality materials (such as a TCT multi-material blade that could cut plastic, steel, and wood) were rated higher than those with cheap plastic parts. I was also looking for features like a sliding arm and bevel and angle adjustments. Saws with more cutting options were rated higher due to their versatility of cutting options.
  • Cutting Quality: I rigorously tested each saw’s ability to produce different types of cuts, including angled, bevelled, straight, and compound cuts. I also considered the rotational speed of the blade, with the best mitre saws boasting blades that can spin up to 5,000 RPM for highly efficient and precise cutting. Mitre saws that offered cutting guides were rated higher as this feature made them easier to use for the average gardener.
  • Power and Motor Performance: I evaluated the saws’ motor capacity, including wattage and amperage, to determine their ability to handle various cutting tasks. I also considered whether the saws were cordless or corded. If they were cordless, those with brushless motors and long battery lives were rated the highest. For corded versions, I ensured the cord was long enough (over 2 metres).
  • Noise Levels: As we shouldn’t be exposed to noise levels of about 85 dB for long periods of time, mitre saws that were excessively noisy (90 dB or more) were rated down.
  • Safety Features: I assessed the presence of crucial safety features, such as blade guards, anti-kickback mechanisms, safety switches, and the practicality of dust extraction systems, when identifying how safe a mitre saw was to use. Cordless models were also rated higher in terms of safety, as cords can be a tripping hazard.
  • Weight: I factored the weight of each mitre saw into my review, too, as this is a big determiner of the tool’s versatility and practicality in your home. Those with lightweight and compact designs of around 6 kg or less and measuring 20 x 15 x 15 cm or less were rated higher, as these were more suitable for storing in sheds and garages.
  • Value for Money: I considered the overall value for money on each of the mitre saws I tested, analysing their performance, power, and efficiency against their price point. Those that I deemed good value for money for the average gardener were rated the highest in terms of cost.

Harry's Smart Buying Tips

  1. The best mitre saw should come with a blade that spins up to 5,000 rpm and cut straight, angled, bevelled and even compound cuts repeatedly and with little effort.
  2. It’s important to pick the right blade size. Even though you can get mitre saws with blades up to 300 mm, if you’re only cutting smaller pieces of wood, metal or plastic then you don’t need the extra weight and cost that comes with a bigger machine. In general larger blades allow deeper cuts but there are some significant differences in the maximum depth of cut between different models with the same blade size so you should check that out.
  3. A sliding arm increases the maximum width you can cut with a mitre saw. However, you will require some extra space for the sliding function and the arm will add extra weight to the saw.
  4. As well as cutting perfectly straight lines the best mitre saws can make complex cutting angles in wood, metal or plastic by adjusting the fence and saw arm. Some of the best mitre saws are double-bevelled, which means they can tilt to the left and right, as well as swing to any angle from 0 – 180° in pretty much any direction. This is perfect for cutting skirting boards or picture frames. You can save money by choosing a single-bevelled mitre saw but you have to reposition the workpiece.
  5. Mitre saws can be cordless (better for safety and mobility) or corded (better for constant power).
  6. Cordless mitre saws are more expensive and the battery does add extra weight – particularly if it has a larger capacity (Ah). Fast chargers are obviously preferable.
  7. The best mitre saws come with brushless motors to optimise battery power and reduce wear and tear on the mechanical components, thus increasing the saw’s lifetime.
  8. If you prefer a corded version a long lead is a handy feature.
  9. Finally, for the most accurate cutting, make sure the mitre saw has a laser guide or shadow line to follow.

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  • Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw
    • 4.2
    • Single
    • Mains - 1,200W
    • 3,750rpm
    • 210mm
    • 125 x 55mm
    • 125 x 35mm
    • 85 x 45mm
    • 85 x 35mm
    • 5.8kg
  • Bosch GCM8SJL Sliding Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Bosch GCM8SJL Sliding Mitre Saw
    • 4.2
    • Single
    • Mains - 1,650W
    • 5,500rpm
    • 216mm
    • 270 x 70mm
    • 270 x 48mm
    • 190 x 70mm
    • 190 x 48mm
    • 17.3kg
  • DeWalt DCS365N-XJ XR Cordless Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw DeWalt DCS365N XJ XR Cordless Mitre Saw
    • 4.5
    • Single
    • Battery - 18V
    • 3,750rpm
    • 184mm
    • 250 x 50mm
    • 250 x 35mm
    • 176 x 50mm
    • 176 x 35mm
    • 11.1kg
  • Evolution R255SMS+ Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Evolution R255SMS+ Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
    • 4.3
    • Single
    • Mains - 2,000W
    • 2,600rpm
    • 255mm
    • 300 x 80mm
    • 300 x 45mm
    • 210 x 80mm
    • 210 x 45mm
    • 15.2kg
  • Einhell TC-MS 2112 Compound Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Einhell TC MS 2112 Compound Mitre Saw
    • 3.8
    • Single
    • Mains - 1,600W
    • 4,900rpm
    • 210mm
    • 120 x 55mm
    • 120 x 32mm
    • 80 x 55mm
    • 80 x 32mm
    • 11.0kg
  • Bosch GCM 18V-216 Biturbo Cordless Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Bosch GCM 18V 216 Biturbo Cordless Mitre Saw
    • 4.3
    • Single
    • Battery - 18V
    • 4,600rpm
    • 216mm
    • 270 x 70mm
    • 270 x 45mm
    • 190 x 70mm
    • 190 x 45mm
    • 15.7kg
  • Ryobi EMS190DC Cordless Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Ryobi EMS190DC Cordless Mitre Saw
    • 3.8
    • Single
    • Battery - 18V
    • 4,500rpm
    • 190mm
    • 108 x 38mm
    • 108 x 35mm
    • 76 x 38mm
    • 76 x 35mm
    • 8.5kg
  • Dewalt DWS774 Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Dewalt DWS774 Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
    • 4.4
    • Single
    • Mains - 1,400W
    • 4,500rpm
    • 216mm
    • 250 x 62mm
    • 265 x 48mm
    • 177 x 62mm
    • 190 x 48mm
    • 12.0kg
  • Metabo KGS216M Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Metabo KGS216M Compound Sliding Mitre Saw
    • 3.8
    • Single
    • Mains - 1,500W
    • 5,000rpm
    • 216mm
    • 305 x 65mm
    • 305 x 36mm
    • 205 x 65mm
    • 205 x 36mm
    • 13.5kg
  • Lumberjack SCMS254DB Double-Bevel Mitre Saw
    best mitre saw Lumberjack SCMS254DB Double Bevel Mitre Saw
    • 3.8
    • Double
    • Mains - 2,000W
    • 4,500rpm
    • 255mm
    • 305 x 89mm
    • 305 x 38mm
    • 216 x 89mm
    • 216 x 38mm
    • 16.5kg

How to Choose The Best Mitre Saw

Anyone who’s ever tried to make a series of angled cuts in wood or plastic with a hand saw knows how difficult, time-consuming and tiring it can be. In steps the compound mitre saw, a versatile circular saw with a powerful blade that spins up to 5,000 rpm. It can make straight, angled and bevel cuts repeatedly with little effort.

Blade Size and Type Make a Big Difference

It’s important to pick the blade size that’s right for the job in hand. Even though you can get mitre saws with circular blades up to 300 mm, if you’re only cutting smaller pieces of wood, metal or plastic then you don’t need the extra weight and cost that comes with a bigger power tool.

And when it comes to cutting different materials, it’s vital you know what your mitre saw is designed to work on. Most mitre saws are for cutting wood and soft materials only – trying to cut through metal or brick could break your saw or at least destroy your saw blade. If you need to cut metal, make sure you buy the best multi-material mitre saw you can afford.

Sliding Saw Arm for Wider Cuts

In order to increase the maximum width you can cut with a mitre saw, some tools feature a sliding arm that allows you to drag the blade across the workpiece. These are sliding mitre saws. Do consider what you’re buying your saw for and how much space you’ve got to work with though. An extra sliding mechanism means more weight, and the sliding mechanism can take up a lot of room behind the saw itself, which isn’t great if you’re in a tight workshop or your workbench isn’t very deep.

You can get around the disadvantage of not having a sliding mitre saw by simply flipping the workpiece over and cutting from the other end. It’s one more step to perform, but it’ll save you money and weight if that’s what’s important to you.

Tilts, Angles and Bevels for Versatility

The clever trick that mitre saws can play is all in the angles – you can lock the saw blade in place to make perfectly straight cuts across the workpiece or adjust the fence and saw arm to make complex angled cuts in wood, metal or plastic. The best mitre saws are double-bevelled, which means they can tilt to the left and right, as well as swing to any angle from 0 – 180° in pretty much any direction. If you need to create mitre angles for crown mouldings, skirting boards or picture frames, a mitre saw will make short work of it.

In the Trenches

Cutting rabbets or trenches in workpieces is an essential part of any type of joinery. It used to take a very sharp chisel and the patience of a saint to make them accurately, but with a depth stop on a mitre saw you can do it in mere seconds. Check the user manual on your mitre saw, but once you’ve got the hang of a depth stop it’ll become one of your best friends.

Benefits of a Mitre Saw Stand

If you’re planning on using a mitre saw on-site for your DIY projects, or anywhere that isn’t on your workbench, you should consider investing in a mitre saw stand or leg stand as they’re sometimes called. Lightweight and rigid, the mitre saw clamps securely in the middle and can be raised to a comfortable working height.

Extendable arms slide out from either side to accommodate long materials, and most feature extra clamps and stops to hold everything in place so you can gang up your work and save yourself from taking the same measurement a hundred times.

Prepare for Dusty Work

There are no two ways about it, the saw blade on even the best mitre saw creates a lot of dust that you don’t want on the floor or in your lungs. Most mitre saws have a dust port in the back that will empty into a dust bag or, even better, a dust extraction system that hooks up to a vacuum to suck most of the dust away from the workpiece.

Staying Safe with your Mitre Saw

Mitre saws are one of the safest power tools you can own, as long as you keep your hands out of the way of the blade. Ensure all the guards are in place and you use clamps to hold down the workpiece. Always wear eye and ear protection when operating a mitre saw.

Mitre Saw FAQs

Check the manual that came with your mitre saw as well as the blade that’s attached. Most mitre saws are designed to cut wood and other soft materials like particle board or plastic. Look out for “multi-material” blades and mitre saws that are designed for cutting metal and bricks as well.

Mitre saws are designed for accurate cutting in straight lines, angles and bevels. There will be cutting angles etched or printed onto the saw table, and an indicator or arrow that points to the precise angle you’re set to. Check and double-check that the angle you want is dialled in, because as they say – measure twice, and cut once.

The best mitre saws come with laser or shadow guides that show you exactly where the blade is going to touch the workpiece. Make use of these features because they’ll speed up your work once you’re comfortable with them.

If your cuts aren’t coming out straight, but your blade is set to 90°, check the angle with a trusted set square. You’ll be able to fine-tune the saw blade angle or pitch with a bolt in the saw housing to get totally accurate results.

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