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Originally nothing more than a 3-sided box with angled slits for a hand saw, miter saws have come a long way from their humble beginnings. The powered miter, also known as a “drop saw” or “chop saw”, has become an indispensable tool of home DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike for making fast and accurate miter cuts and crosscuts.
Perfect for framing as well as small home improvement and construction projects, a 10-inch miter saw will quickly become your best friend for making simple cuts with maximum efficiency. We’ve thoroughly examined, tested, and compared the best brands on the market today to bring you this list of reviews the 6 best 10-inch miter saws around, with options for every budget and project size.
|Model||Price||Max Depth Cut||Editor Rating|
|Chicago Electric 10 Inch Sliding Compound||2¾"||4.2/5|
|Evolution Power Tools RAGE3||3"||4.0/5|
DeWalt is a respected name in power tools for good reason: They consistently deliver high-quality, long-lasting tools at competitive prices, and offer excellent customer support to back it up. All of these company qualities are on full display with the DeWalt DW713 portable compound miter saw – and we’re proud to recommend it as our top pick for a 10-inch miter saw.
With a 15-amp motor producing a blade speed of 5000 RPM, as well as a deep 4½- inch cut capacity, the DW713 is equipped to handle everything from small home repairs to professional carpentry projects. It comes with everything you need – a smooth-action blade guard, easily adjustable fence, and pinpoint accuracy bevel guides – and does away with the extraneous features that drive up the price of other saws in this category.
Overall, there’s no other 10-inch miter saw on the market that offers the same combination of utility and versatility at a completely reasonable price like the DeWalt DW713. Add in its recognized durability, and you have a supremely useful saw that’s made to last a lifetime.
For everything that the DeWalt in our top spot does well in simplicity and streamlined design, the Bosch CM10GD advances and one-ups. It’s a significantly more expensive saw that justifies its added price with top-of-the-line features in every department – from its dual-bevel design to the proprietary Axial-Glide system that replaces the rail/slide found in other miter saws.
The 15-amp motor produces a blade speed of 4800 RPMs, but with even more torque than the DeWalt. This lets it power through even the densest hardwoods with ease, making quick work of any project you set it to. Built almost entirely from metal, the heavy-duty CM10GD is a solid piece of machinery that feels like it could be passed down to your grandkids.
In short, this Bosch 10-inch miter saw offers the best of everything but requires a more substantial investment to get started with. It’s perfect for the home woodworker who is advancing in their craft, or professional carpenters looking for the greatest utility available in a miter saw.
Lightweight and exceptionally portable, the Hitachi C10FCG may very well be the best 10-inch miter saw for the money if you’re on a tighter budget. Offered at a fraction of the price of many of its competitors, this saw cuts down on both weight and price by swapping out quite a few metal parts for lighter and less expensive plastic. But does that affect its overall utility and durability?
In our experience the C10FCG goes against the common advice of “you get what you pay for”, and still offers excellent performance even at its significantly lower price. A 15-amp, 2.57-horsepower motor produces a 5000 RPM blade speed, giving it comparable cutting power to other high-class miter saws. Add in a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty, and it’s clear that the Hitachi C10FCG is a safe investment to make for all your future DIY or home improvement projects.
Ideally suited for home repair and DIY projects, the Chicago Electric sliding compound miter saw offers surprisingly good performance at rock-bottom prices. What it features in budget-friendly pricing, though, it loses in some of the smoothness and reliability that come with more well-appointed tools.
First of all, the motor: At 15 amps it produces plenty of power for 5000 RPMs of blade speed, putting it in line with other more expensive miter saws in our review. That said, it produces this respectable speed in the loudest manner possible, and with extreme vibrations – nothing like the smooth operation of our top 2 choices.
So, while it is an accurate saw right out of the box regular use will quickly throw it out of alignment, costing you valuable time and effort in constant re-adjustments. We recommend it for anyone who needs a miter saw at absolute bottom-dollar prices.
Any miter saw that comes with a specially designed, proprietary blade immediately has a lot to live up to. Especially with the Evolution Power Tools Rage 3-DB boasting an ability to handle steel, aluminum, wood with nails, or plastic – all with the same blade – we were excited to see if it could live up to the hype.
Quite honestly, the 3-DB did not disappoint in the cutting power department. The custom-built blades and high-torque gear box made it incredibly easy to cut through a variety of materials, all while producing almost nothing in the way of heat or sparks. When combined with a dual bevel and 3-inch cutting depth, it becomes clear that this saw is about as versatile as a miter saw can get.
Of course, that versatility also comes with a substantially increased price. This makes it a good option for someone looking for a multipurpose saw, as long as they’re willing to make a larger investment in the increased scope of projects that the 3-DB can be used for.
Are you confused as to how to find the best miter saw for your money? Read through these guides to educate and inform yourself about everything you should expect out of a miter saw, and you’ll be better prepared to make a clear decision when the time is right.
Powered miter saws of all sizes are useful for a wide variety of jobsite tasks, but the middle-of-the-road 10-inch saw is particularly excellent for the following uses:
All the best miter saws have the following features in common:
Miter saws come in three main varieties:
Making top-down, 90-degree cuts with a miter saw is incredibly simple – but setting up your saw for continuing accuracy no matter what angle of cut you require can be a little bit trickier. For a great breakdown that’s ideal for miter saw beginners, check out this video from Anika’s DIY Life on Youtube. In it, she covers each of the types of cuts that your new miter saw can be set up for, as well as important safety considerations.
When it comes down to the best saw for the widest variety of jobs, no other miter in our reviews could beat the DeWalt DW713 10” Portable Compound Miter Saw. It’s simply too powerful, accurate, and portable to be ignored – yet somehow still available at a reasonable price, given all of its features. Anyone looking for a rugged and heavy-duty drop saw would do well to equip themselves with this fantastic tool.
If money is tight, though, the Hitachi C10FCG 15-Amp 10″ Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw is an excellent alternative to the DeWalt. It offers many of the same features at a significantly reduced price, with the tradeoff of a lower maximum power output.