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Ryobi TSS101L

A rear extension bar, an adjustable front foot, and a hefty weight give this saw the stability to withstand a small earthquake. While it has good dust collection and it cut square right out of the box, it was the only saw we tested that didn't have a safety switch or a detent override. As a result, setting miter angles was needlessly difficult. It's not built for the long haul; when we went to change the blade, the screws holding the guard in place immediately stripped. But if workshop space is limited, this saw's small footprint (approximately 20 by 35 inches) makes it worth considering.
About $200, 48 pounds; Ryobi Tools

Fine print:
13-amp, 5,000-rpm motor. Laser guide.
Max miters: 46 degrees left, 50 right.
Max cutting depth: 3 9/16 inches.
max cutting width: 12 inches
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