Today it is difficult to imagine that once people processed materials exclusively with the help of hand tools. It was a very time-consuming process that took a lot of time. Fortunately, currently on sale you can find a lot of different devices that can significantly make life easier for a person. Such devices also include a miter saw – it was created specifically to cut wood across the fibers. This is its main difference from a circular saw, which is usually used to cut along the structure of the material.
The range of similar devices presented on the shelves is very large, so not only a beginner can get confused in it, but also a fairly experienced craftsman. To prevent this from happening to you, we decided to make a rating of the best miter saws of the year for you. We have selected the best models on the market, analyzed their performance characteristics in detail, and also decided to give you some useful tips regarding the competent purchase of a similar tool.
- How to choose the right miter saw?
- Cheap miter saws
- 4. Wert MS 1321
- 3. Einhell TH-MS 2112
- 2. Caliber PTE-1400/210M
- 1. BISON ZPT-210-1400 L
- Miter saws belonging to the middle class
- 3. BOSCH PCM 8
- 2. Kraton MS-1900/254
- 1. Miter saw Metabo KGS 216 M
- Premium miter saws
- 3. Evolution RAGE3-S
- 2. Metabo KGS 315 Plus
- 1. Makita LH1040F
- In conclusion, a useful video
How to choose the right miter saw?
Modern models are equipped with sufficiently powerful engines and high-strength saw blades, which allows them to cope not only with wood, but also with such materials as plastic, metal profiles and pipes, various kinds of composite staves. You should immediately make a reservation that the miter saw is able to cut not only at right angles, but also at an arbitrarily selected angle. On sale, you can also find units where the angle of inclination changes both in the horizontal and in the vertical plane. With the help of this tool you can even choose the slots.
The main working elements of the product are an electric motor, a saw blade made of high-quality high-strength steel. They are connected to each other by means of a gearbox with a power button. All this block is fixed on the frame, where the workpiece is placed. The frame is equipped with a rotary wheel that adjusts the cutting angle, as well as a stop. For the most expensive devices, this element is made of lightweight aluminum and magnesium alloys, which allows you to significantly reduce the weight of the tool without losing reliability indicators.
The functional unit is connected to the bed by means of a rotary lever and a spring-loaded hinge. Expensive models of miter saws are equipped with an asynchronous motor, which is characterized by a high level of reliability, does not work very loudly and consumes electricity sparingly, but they are quite heavy and do not have too high power. Collector motors in the area of the ratio of overall dimensions and power are more attractive – they are able to produce up to 5-10 thousand revolutions per minute. However, such engines are quite noisy and need regular maintenance.
The gearbox transmits the engine’s torque. In such devices, it can be either with a gear or belt drive. The first type may seem more reliable, but if they fail, the entire gearbox unit will have to be completely replaced. It is for this reason that manufacturers often prefer belt drive. It uses a special belt. It can sometimes fly off or break, but replacing it with a new one or returning it to its place is not so difficult, so you can cope with this at home. In addition, the belt helps to dampen radial and axial vibrations, which significantly extends the service life of engine bearings.
When choosing devices to include in our rating, we mainly took into account the factors mentioned above, but the price-quality ratio, as well as user reviews, were taken into account. We have tried to make an overview of not very expensive products so that you can choose the best miter saw for yourself at an affordable price.
Cheap miter saws
4. Wert MS 1321
With this tool, you can work not only with plastic, metal and wood, but even with concrete, which is very useful for construction and repair work, for example, when strobing walls in order to sink wiring cables there. The cutting angle in the horizontal plane is adjustable from -45 to +45 degrees – a fairly decent indicator. The disk tilt angle varies from 0 to 45 degrees. In order for the user to see the cutting line, the structure is equipped with a carefully thought-out dust extraction system. The set includes a clamp that allows you to securely fix the workpiece on the workbench. The case is made of reliable and durable plastic, which is able to withstand even serious physical exertion. The motor is located under it in such a way that access to it is easy, so the replacement of brushes is made quite quickly.
The double electrical insulation system provides almost complete protection against short circuits and electric shock to the user. The engine power is 1300 W, despite such a low figure, the saw is capable of producing up to 5500 revolutions per minute. The saw blade diameter is 210 mm. The maximum cutting depth when cutting at right angles reaches 60 mm. The weight of the structure turned out to be quite serious – 7.1 kg.
- Reasonable price;
- Fully complies with all applicable safety standards;
- Produces a decent number of revolutions with a low-power engine;
- Easy access to the motor for changing brushes.
- The brand is not very well known among Russian users, so it is not too easy to find a device on sale.
3. Einhell TH-MS 2112
It is equipped with an electric motor with a power of 1400 W, which provides an idling speed of 4600 per minute. The standard diameter of the circle is 230 mm, the hole for fasteners is 30 mm. The maximum cutting depth is 55 mm. This tool is designed specifically for the production of angular, inclined and combined sawing of wood products of different densities, plastic and soft metal. The design and ergonomics are well thought out, so the saw can be easily transported and installed on absolutely any surface. The sawing angle is fixed in 5-degree increments. You can set all the necessary operating parameters using the original stepless adjustment system. It also allows you to change the depth of sawing.
The desktop can also change its position if necessary, as it rotates in both directions. In order for the angular cut to be as accurate as possible, the product has special longitudinal stops. For even more precise fixation of the workpiece, there is a clamp, and for convenient work with long workpieces, there are desktop extensions in the design. To keep the workplace clean at all times, you can connect a construction vacuum cleaner or a dust bag to the tool. This will not only allow you to see the cut line, but also protect the operator’s lungs from inhaling fine particles.
- Very easy-to-use tool;
- Sophisticated management system;
- Reliable elements;
- Advanced adjustment options.
- A soft-start system is not provided, which causes the instrument to vibrate noticeably when starting up.
2. Caliber PTE-1400/210M
It produces not only transverse and oblique cuts, but can also perform longitudinal cuts, in other words, this tool also combines the functions of a circular saw. The power of the electric motor here is 1400 W, it is located close enough to the body, so to replace the brushes you do not have to disassemble the saw completely – just remove the protective cover. The maximum thickness of the material with which the tool can work is 55 mm, this parameter will be quite enough for domestic use. The maximum width of the blank should not exceed 120 mm. The saw blade can be tilted if necessary, the working table here is rotatable-up to 45 degrees. In order to set all the parameters as accurately as possible, you can find two degree scales on the case.
The saw blade is additionally closed with a plastic casing, which will open only when the cutting element approaches the workpiece itself. This has a positive effect on safety when working with the tool. It is quite natural that the device is equipped with additional stops, with which it will be possible to work with rather long workpieces. There are limiters, they are made in the shape of the letter P and do not allow the workpiece to jump off the frame. The tool is equipped with a rubberized handle with good ergonomics – this will not allow the hand to slip off it during operation.
- Convenient and absolutely safe to use tool;
- Long service life;
- Well-designed ergonomics;
- It is made of high-quality materials;
- Reasonable price.
- The gearbox belt is too weak – it regularly slips off, it is better to replace it immediately with a new one.
1. BISON ZPT-210-1400 L
Compact enough for its specific features, the tool is additionally equipped with laser illumination of the cutting line. The device is used for working with workpieces, the maximum thickness of which can reach 60 mm. The saw is quite versatile – it can be used absolutely for all types of cutting – straight, oblique, inclined, combined and even straight. The protective cover opens and closes automatically. The rotary table is fixed in any position, the tilt is also adjustable, so you can set the desired sawing angle in just a few seconds. The structure is made of a special lightweight alloy.
It provides high structural strength, which also has a positive effect on the accuracy of the cut performed. The dust collector works very efficiently here. Extension table supports prevent even a fairly long billet from tipping over – this not only has a positive effect on safety, but also prevents a fracture at the end of the cut. The engine is very reliable, its power is 1300 watts, it is capable of developing up to 5500 revolutions per minute.
- Excellent product value for money;
- Well-designed security system;
- It is stable on almost any surface;
- There is a laser guide of the cutting line;
- Compact overall dimensions;
- Extended warranty period – 5 years;
- It is made of lightweight alloys.