You might say I’m fickle when it comes to compound miter saws. I’ve tried 10- and 12-in. models—both sliding and non-sliding—made by DeWalt, Craftsman, Hitachi and Festool. And while they all had their strengths, I’m currently in love with my 12-in. Bosch Axial-Glide miter saw (model GCM12SD; boschtools.com).
The Axial-Glide saw is big and powerful with no slide arms behind the saw, which means I can push it tight against a wall, making it perfect for my space-challenged workshop. The bevel and miter controls are on the front of the saw and super easy to use. The 12-in. model retails for about $600, and there’s a similar 10-in. model available for about $550.