Ridgid MS255SR Sliding Compound Miter Saws from TOH Tool Tested
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Ridgid MS255SR

With its rubber-coated controls and soft-start motor, this tool has a user-friendly vibe. It's also the only one of these saws with an LED to light up the cut and double lasers—one on each side of the blade—to take any guesswork out of where the blade will land. Unfortunately, the awkward bevel control didn't engage half the time, and it takes a good two seconds for the blade to come up to speed. This was one of the heaviest saws tested, so once you set it up on the workbench, you'll want to keep it there.
About $400, 49.5 pounds; Home Depot

Fine print:
15-amp, 3,600-rpm motor.
Max miters: 54 degrees left, 60 right.
Max cutting depth: 4 9/16 inches.
max cutting width: 12 ¼ inches
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