The saw includes a laser, an LED work light, a huge outboard depth-adjust lever and an easy-to-read depth scale. There are no angle detents on the bevel adjusting scale. To go beyond 45 degrees, you simply swing out a small hinge stop. We think this is a good solution. This saw has a great set of features at a competitive price.
Cost: $120 Weight: 9 lbs.
This is a no-frills saw that feels and sounds great. It's the lightest saw of the bunch with a very comfortable grip, and is noticeably quieter than many of the other saws. There's no outboard height-adjust lever, depth scale or work light. But the saw does include an aluminum shoe, a special “tough cord” feature and nice bevel detents. We highly recommend this saw for its comfortable feel and smooth-running motor.
Cost: $80 Weight: 10.8 lbs.
The first things you notice about this saw are the large metal bevel and height-adjust levers. They're very comfortable to use and add a quality feel to the saw. I'm sure you would learn how to overcome it, but the saw has one feature we found annoying. If you're not careful, at 45 degrees the adjusting lever drops into a slot that allows you to go beyond 45 degrees. Then you have to fiddle with the lever to get it out of the slot to return to a square cut. The saw includes an outboard depth adjust lever but no depth scale.