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Sliding Miter Saw Features
Sliding miter saws offer the advantage of crosscutting boards up to 12 in. wide while still providing all the benefits of non-sliders. They're available with blade sizes ranging from 7-1/2 to 12 in. and cost $140 to more than $1,000. For this review to find the best miter saw, we chose to limit the field to 10-in. saws, but be aware that you may find 12-in. saws with similar features for just a little additional cost.
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Look for Solid Detents
Every saw has detents for the common miter angles. The detents on the Ryobi and Bosch saws are a little 'mushy.' You must tighten the miter lock knob to be sure you're locked in. The other saws 'click' solidly into the detents. But when you need to tweak the miter angle, the ability to adjust and lock in the miter a fraction of a degree from the detent angles is just as important, and for this task the DeWalt and Makita saws stand out as the best miter saw.