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.
Cost: $90 Weight: 9.5 lbs.
This Kobalt saw has a large outboard height-adjust lever and a depth scale on the side of the blade cover. The depth scale is a little difficult to read, though. The saw has a 12-ft. cord, 2 ft. longer than the closest competitor's. The saw also includes a work light and onboard blade wrench storage. But it has the same annoying “drop in past 45 degrees” slot that we found on the Hitachi.
Cost: $75 Weight: 7.6 lbs.
Given this saw's economy features like a steel shoe, small plastic knobs and a plastic blade guard, we didn't expect much. But we were surprised at how comfortable the saw was to hold and how well it cut. If you're looking for a lightweight basic saw and don't want to spend a lot of money, this Ryobi is worth checking out.