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.
Cost: $150 Weight: 11 lbs.
Milwaukee has a reputation for making industrial-quality tools, and this saw is no exception. It has a unique Tilt-Lok feature that allows you to slide the handle up or down for the most comfortable work position. There are no bevel detents, but the bevel and height-adjust levers are large and comfortable. For an additional $30 or so, you can get the upgraded model No. 6394-21 with a removable Quick-Lok cord and electric brake.