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Hitachi C12FDH

Highlight: Has a laser marker that can be adjusted to left or right of blade.

My two cents: "The ratcheting bevel adjustment gave me confidence that I was locking in the correct bevel."

Tool stats: 46 pounds, 4,000 rpm, dual bevel, 32-tooth carbide blade, 5-year warranty, 55 dB. Miter/bevel range: 52 degrees left and right/48 degrees left and right. Maximum cross-cut capacity: 7½ inches. Maximum stock thickness: 5½ inches.

Price: about $270; Hitachi
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