What to Look For in a Sliding Compound Miter Saws
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Powerful, Big-Cut Saws

These souped-up chop saws ride on rails, giving you the ability to plow through wide stock—we're talking 2×12s!—with ridiculous ease.

What to look for
1. A powerful motor that won't bog down.
2. A tall fence to support angled crown.
3. Built-in side extensions to support long boards.
4. Easy-to-read angle markings.
5. Up-front controls for no-hassle angle adjustments.

NOTE: For testing purposes, we replaced the blades that came with the saws and equipped each one with a 10-inch, 80-tooth Diablo blade, available from freudtools.com.
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