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Best 10-inch Miter Saw Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

– Best 10-inch Miter Saw Reviews 2019
With the wide variety of power saws available, sometimes you need a specific kind of tool to quickly and easily make particular types of cuts. However, not everyone can house a large miter saw without a subsequently large workshop. This is why we put together a list of the 5 best 10-inch miter saw reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and useful FAQ, so you can easily navigate the complicated miter saw market. We feel that the Bosch and DEWALT will likely meet or exceed most of your needs, but you have to keep reading to see which miter saw is our best value.

– Best Seller
— Bosch CM10GD Compact Miter Saw – 15 Amp Corded 10 in. Dual-Bevel Sliding Glide Miter Saw with 60-Tooth Carbide Saw Blade
When it comes to power tools in general, not just power saws, Bosch is easily one of the most well-known and respected brands in the world. However, this is only natural considering that Bosch has been making tools for well over 132 years and is easily the oldest and most experienced power tool manufacturer on our list. That said, experience does not necessarily translate to quality, but Bosch also makes it a point to focus on particular aspects that are not always easy to highlight on the box.

Specifically, Bosch has a tendency to make tools that are slightly underpowered compared to some of the competition, but they are also usually more precise and durable. To this point, the company displays a 70-year-old power tool in their museum that still works. This positions Bosch to be one of the foremost manufacturers of professional-grade power tools. This being the case, it should not be terribly surprising that the Bosch CM10GD 10-inch miter saw made our best-seller spot, despite being the most expensive product we reviewed.

Superior Approach
When purchasing a high-end miter saw, one of the more important factors to consider is its versatility. In the miter saw market, there are a whole host of different features that can expand a given tool’s versatility in allowing for a wider range of cuts. For example, a standard miter saw is generally limited to making crosscuts and miter cuts, but a fairly popular addition is an axle that allows for bevel cuts. Of course, you can expand this further by allowing for a miter saw to make bevel cuts on both sides. However, Bosch truly takes the cake by not only including this double compound feature but expanding it further with unique sliding features as well.

One of the more common reasons people turn to a 10” miter saw is that they do not have a large enough workspace to accommodate a larger power tool. That said, the Bosch 10-inch miter saw is a sliding double compound miter saw which generally requires more space than a standard miter saw. In order to ensure that the CM10GD 10-inch miter saw still falls within the limits of a compact profile, Bosch eschews the standard sliding rail system. A sliding rail system necessarily increases the physical profile of a miter saw, but the Bosch 10” miter saw instead uses its patented Axial-Glide system. In this design, the sliding mechanism works on a hinge as opposed to a rail system which allows the Bosch miter saw to remain much more compact than most competing sliding miter saws.

Mostly Great Cuts
To get one thing out of the way first, arguably the biggest flaw of the Bosch 10” double compound sliding miter saw is that it can be difficult to make good bevel cuts. This is extremely disappointing considering one of the better qualities of the CM10GD 10” miter saw is its double compound aspect. That said, it is important to note that part of this issue comes from the Axial-Glide system introducing a bit of play into the bevel cutting action. To be fair though, this definitely has a bit to do with how you engage the cutting action and whether or not you apply the downward action properly or not. This will definitely make things a bit trickier for beginners and people who do not move as precisely as Bosch intends.

On the plus side, the Bosch 10” sliding miter saw offers a wide range of different cut ranges and capacities that few other competitors can match. For example, the Bosch 10” double compound miter saw offers the largest range of miter cuts that we saw with a massive 60-degree stop to the right and a solid 52-degree stop to the left. On top of that, the CM10GD 10-inch sliding double compound miter saw also sports some of the widest bevel ranges as well with a 47-degree stop to both the left and the right. All of this is only heightened with the addition of an extra-tall 4 ¼” fence system that can accommodate a 6” crown capacity. This combined with the various angled and guided cuts jockey for first and second largest on our list, competing only with our top pick option. Beyond the sheer cutting capacities, the Bosch 10-inch sliding miter saw also offers a solid motor with a blade speed of 4800 rpms to ensure that even the densest hardwoods pose no problems.

Is a sliding double compound miter saw
Has an Axial-Glide system
Has a better sightline
Has a blade speed of 4800 rpms
Has a wider miter range
Has larger cutting capacities

Is a more expensive miter saw
Not the best bevel cuts

– Top Pick
— DEWALT DW713 10 in. Portable Compound Miter Saw
DEWALT has long stood as one of the premier brands of professional-grade power tools on the market. In fairness, the company has an extensive history making some of the top-performing power tools for almost a century. That said, DEWALT definitely took a bit of a step back after being acquired by BLACK+DECKER and seeing their quality drop a bit. Thankfully, DEWALT has begun to rebound and seen notable increases in the quality of their products after being repositioned as BLACK+DECKER’s professional-grade line. Still, it is important to note that DEWALT generally aims to price its products just below many of the other professional-grade power tool manufacturers and still has a ways to go before fully regaining their former glory. Regardless, the DEWALT DW713 10-inch miter saw tops our list for its combination of quality features with a price point that remains fiercely competitive.

Great Cuts
While a miter saw able to make a wide range of cuts is nice, it is just as important that the saw be able to make all of those cuts well. With the DEWALT DW713 10-inch compound miter saw, you are definitely giving up a little bit of versatility to maintain a better overall quality of cut. In this instance, you cannot make bevel cuts at both the left and right side, nor are you afforded the convenient sliding option. However, the DEWALT 10-inch miter saw accounts for this with a highly-precise, machined base that allows for some of the straightest, most accurate cuts we encountered. To further complement this precision, the DW713 10” miter saw also comes with the tallest fence on our list at 4 ½” that also slides to accommodate a wide range of different crown moldings.

The machined base keeps the sliding fence perpendicular to maintain cutting precision which affords the DEWALT 10-inch compound miter saw some of the larger cutting capacities that we encountered. In terms of the 90-degree maximum cutting capacity, the DEWALT DW713 10” miter saw ties for first on our list at 6”. Outside of the 90-degree cutting capacity, the DEWALT miter saw settles down comfortably into second-place for the remainder of cutting capacities. Of course, the DW713 miter saw can compete with virtually any product we came across with a powerful motor that spins at 5000 rpms. This allows you to cut through the toughest hardwoods with relative ease without leaving scorch marks on the cut face.

Easier to Use
Though we laud the DEWALT 10” miter saw for its general ease of use, it is important to note that there is one area in particular that remains somewhat troublesome. Specifically, the screws and brackets used to keep the saw blade in place are noted for being difficult to use. When you combine this with the fact that you pretty much have to completely disassemble the blade guard system, this makes changing the blade more difficult and time-consuming than many of its competitors. That said, the general cutting use of the DW713 10-inch miter saw is much easier and allows for a wide range of freedom.

This ease of use is most notable with the miter gauge which features a cam-lock mechanism to make changing miter positions simple and secure. Even better, the miter gauge features 11 positive stops as well as the ability to override the miter detents for precise custom miter positions. This is much easier with the DEWALT 10-inch compound miter saw due to the use of stainless steel for the detent plate as opposed to aluminum. Beyond the miter gauge, the DW713 10-inch compound miter saw also features the largest maximum bevel position at 48-degrees. The DEWALT 10” compound miter saw also allows for modest bevel play with a minimum bevel stop at 3-degrees for both the right and left.

Has a blade speed of 5000 rpms
Has a stainless steel detent plate
Has the tallest fence
Has larger cutting capacities
Has a miter detent override
Has a machined base

Is a more expensive miter saw
Has a poor blade brackets

– Best Value
— Hitachi C10FCG 15-Amp 10″ Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw
Even though Hitachi may not have the same level of prestige as professional-grade power tool manufacturers, they are every bit as experienced. To be fair, Hitachi does not try to position itself as a professional-grade brand, instead sticking with the mid-tier market. This allows Hitachi to offer quality power tools at much lower prices compared to its professional-grade competitors. When it comes to the Hitachi C10FCG 10-inch miter saw, you may not get the most features, but you still get a quality machine for a low price.

Solid Cuts
One thing that the Hitachi 10-inch miter saw gets right is providing a quality cutting action that begins with surprising power. Specifically, the C10FCG 10” miter saw delivers 2.57 hp and spins at a list-leading 5000 rpms. This means that you do not have to worry about even the densest of hardwoods giving the Hitachi 10” miter saw any trouble. On top of that, the C10FCG 10-inch miter saw also made it a point to offer one of the better miter ranges that we encountered with a maximum 52-degree miter cut in both directions. Of course, to maintain their low cost, the Hitachi C10FCG 10” miter saw is only a single compound model. This still allows for a bevel cut, but it stops at the 45-degree mark which provides no room for error.

Okay Build
Arguably the biggest issue with Hitachi offering a less expensive miter saw is the fact that the build quality is not as good as some of the more expensive models. This is most notable with the blade brackets which are notably difficult to loosen, making changing the blade harder than with other products. That said, the Hitachi 10-inch compound miter saw is also noted for breaking in other ways, specifically with the motor shorting when used for heavy-duty work. That said, this is a fairly lightweight miter saw and is much easier to transport or move by yourself than most of the other options we reviewed. The C10FCG 10-inch compound miter saw is also easier to maintain with the motor brushes positioned for easy access.

Is a less expensive miter saw
Is a lightweight miter saw
Has a 2.57 hp motor
Has a blade speed of 5000 rpms
Has a solid miter range
Is easier to maintain

Not the most durable
Difficult to change the blade

– Runner Up
— Evolution Power Tools RAGE 3-DB 10-Inch TCT Multipurpose Cutting Double Bevel Compound Sliding Miter Saw
Evolution Power Tools is neither the most experienced or most prestigious brand on our list. On top of that, Evolution Power Tools actually started as, and technically specializes in metal cutting power tools. On the other hand, this provides the RAGE4 a unique quality that few other miter saws provide. However, this also means that the Evolution Power Tools RAGE4 10-inch miter saw comes with some limitations too.

Good Cuts
For the most part, the RAGE4 10-inch miter saw is able to make most of the wood cuts you would expect. That said, the maximum blade speed of 2500 rpms is much slower than normal and will definitely limit the density of hardwoods you can cut without burning the cut face. However, this slower blade speed may be a blessing in disguise as the Evolution Power Tools 10-inch miter saw is also designed to cut metal and plastic as well as wood. On top of that, the RAGE4 10” miter saw can even use a stone-cutting blade for masonry or tile. Even better, the Evolution Power Tools 10” miter saw features a hi-torque engine that puts out 2.4 hp.

Great Range
Beyond the ability to cut a wide variety of different materials, the Evolution Power Tools miter saw is actually a sliding double compound miter saw. This means that it can make bevel cuts on either side and has a larger cut capacity than many of the other products reviewed. That said, this also means that the RAGE4 double compound sliding miter saw will also require more space and is not quite as mobile as some of the other options on our list. Still, the Evolution 10-inch miter saw seems to be the company’s flagship model as it also comes with a laser guide.

Can cut metal
Has a hi-torque gearbox
Has a 2.4 hp motor
Is a double compound sliding miter saw
Has a laser guide
Has solid cutting ranges

Is a more expensive miter saw
Has a slower blade speed

– Also Consider
— 10 Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw with 45 Degree Bevel and Dust Bag, Extension Bars and Table Clamp
Chicago Electric Power is actually the in-house brand of power tools owned by the Harbor Freight hardware store. In something of a bit of a surprise, Harbor Freight Tools was founded over 4 decades ago, providing some sense of experience and stability. That said, the Chicago Electric line exists for one purpose only: to provide the cheapest power tools on the market. While this is great is you need a larger power tool and are short on cash, do not expect the Chicago Electric 10-inch miter saw to last.

Interesting Combination
Generally, miter saws have something of a graduated approach to the different variations of design. Usually, you will find a compound, then a double compound, and finishing with a sliding double compound. The Chicago Electric 10” miter saw ignores this industry-standard and offers the sliding feature in a single compound miter saw. This means that you need to understand how to make reverse bevel cuts, but the sliding function still offers plenty of convenience. On top of that, the sliding function allows the Chicago Electric miter saw to provide a 12” horizontal cut capacity.

Up and Down
While the sliding function might provide a great horizontal cutting capacity, the Chicago Electric 10-inch compound miter saw does not perform quite as well in other regards. Specifically, the various vertical cutting capacities of this miter saw are definitely on the shorter end of the spectrum. On top of that, this is not noted for being the most durable miter saw on the market with some labeling it a “throwaway” saw that you expect to use for only a single job. On the other hand, the Chicago Electric 10” sliding compound miter saw surprises with the inclusion of a laser guide. On top of that, it is also able to cut dense hardwoods without burning the cut face thanks to a blade speed of 4800 rpms.

Is a less expensive miter saw
Is a sliding miter saw
Has a better sightline
Is easier to maintain
Has a blade speed of 4800 rpms
Has a laser guide

Has a smaller cutting capacity
Not the most durable

– Best 10-inch Miter Saw Buying Guide 2019
— Type
This is the aspect of a miter saw that causes the most confusion due to such a wide range of variance. While some combinations are definitely more common than others, pretty much every combination of miter saw type can be found. Essentially, miter saws differ in the arrangement based on the types of cut that they can make and include standard, compound, and sliding versions. Of course, manufacturers mix and match each of these features to provide a dizzying array of different choices.

— Standard – As the name suggests, the standard miter saw does not really deviate from the basic types of cut. This type of miter saw is basically an old-school chop saw that includes a pivoting base to make miter cuts. While this type of miter saw may not offer as many different functions as some of the other types, its simplicity can often be as big of a benefit as a flaw. Basically, without needing to include hinges, rails, or axes, a standard miter saw runs into fewer durability issues as the more complex types. On top of that, a standard miter saw will often cost many times less the most advanced types of miter saw.

— Compound – A compound miter saw is simply a miter saw that can also make bevel cuts. To be clear, the average DIYer is unlikely to make too many bevel cuts with basic projects, so this feature may not really be that important– depending on your needs. If you are a contractor, chances are you want a miter saw that can make at least a single bevel cut. Of course, miter saws can be more complex still and include the ability to make bevel cuts on either side which makes it a double compound miter saw. It is worth noting that a double compound miter saw rarely allows you to make a cut that a single compound miter saw cannot. Instead, the double compound miter saw simply makes cutting reverse bevels that much easier.

— Sliding – This is generally seen as the pinnacle of the miter saw actions and is almost always included with the most expensive miter saws. Basically, a sliding miter saw allows you to slide the blade forward or backward after you bring it down to make the cut. The primary advantage of this action is that you can make significantly longer miter or bevel cuts, though this will generally be most useful for contractors and skilled woodworkers. One of the underappreciated advantages of a sliding miter saw is its ability to quickly make short rip cuts. While you will clearly not use this for larger workpieces, it is a great way to make thin rip cuts on small workpieces.

— Gauge Range
More than cutting power, the gauge range is probably the second-most important quality of a miter saw– assuming the general build quality passes muster. This is because pretty much every miter saw can make a 45-degree miter cut, but higher-end models go further than that. While most of the time you will not use these less common miter cuts, it is always nice to have the ability if required. This can also apply with the bevel gauge as well, but bevel cuts other than the 45-degree cut are even less common than a non-45-degree miter cut. Another aspect of the gauge to look for is the positive detent stops as this will influence how easy the miter saw can adjust its gauge. Basically, the detents keep a miter saw’s position for making multiple cuts at the same degree without having to worry about readjusting the gauge.

— FAQ’s
Why Use a Miter Saw?
It may seem fairly obvious, given the name, but a miter saw can be used for making far more cuts than simply miter cuts. Arguably one of the better, and potentially more common, cuts you are liable to make with a miter saw is the crosscut. To be fair, you do not need a miter saw to make a crosscut, but it is infinitely easier to make a crosscut with a miter saw than it is to use most other types of power saws. Keep in mind that a miter saw is really just an advanced version of the chop saw which was developed explicitly for making crosscuts. Still, the ability to make cross cuts without having to worry about the workpiece kicking back or a wide range of different sleds or push-sticks can save a lot of time.
Beyond the crosscut, some miter saws can use the chop cut action to make other types of cuts too. Consider that different variations of the miter allow for a wide range of different cuts, but even a basic miter saw can be used to make a plunge cut. That said, it is important to note that many miter saws do not actually have a plunge cut setting and many that do also make more advanced cuts. Still, even if your miter saw does not have a plunge cut setting, you can still use it for making this cut– assuming you are experienced and skilled enough to do so.

What Type of Miter Saw?
As discussed prior, there are quite a few different variations on the basic theme of the miter saw, and it can be a bit difficult to know which one is right for you. This is especially relevant because each additional function of a miter has a tendency to increase the price by quite a bit. As such, it is important to know when each feature is most likely to be used to judge whether or not it is worth paying for. For example, a compound or double compound miter saw is used to make bevel cuts, but this type of cut is not necessarily the most common.
In general, bevel cuts are used to join 2 pieces of wood in a way that looks like a single piece and is often used for molding or fine woodworking projects. If you do not work on those kinds of projects, chances are you do not need a compound miter saw and definitely do not need a double compound miter saw. Sliding miter saws are a bit trickier as they do not necessarily assist for a particular kind of cut except small rip cuts. To be fair, a sliding miter saw will often make thin rip cuts as good or better than a comparably priced table saw. Still, a sliding miter saw generally allows for longer miter and bevel cuts which are more often used for skillful woodworking than general contractor jobs.

What to Look for?
Clearly figuring out which variation of a miter saw you need will be your first step since it will heavily influence the price of the tool. Keep in mind, if you find a complex miter saw that is also pretty cheap, be prepared for some potential issues down the line. Outside of the type of miter saw, the cutting capacities have a tendency to be pretty high on the list of important features. This is because even the most precise and smoothest cutting miter saw is worthless if it cannot make the size cut you need it to.
While cutting power is always important, miter saws have a tendency to provide the necessary power for most cuts. As such, this is unlikely to be a major concern unless the miter saw is especially underperforming. That said, the miter range and the number of positive stops is a fairly important quality with the first determining the maximum miter cut you can make and the latter influencing the ease of uncommon cuts. To be fair, this quality can also be extended to the bevel gauge as well, but that is definitely more limited in scope than the miter gauge.

— Conclusion
As we can see, the miter saw market is filled to the brim with different variations of a similar theme, each best suited for different needs. Whether you need something simple to make basic miter cuts or are looking for a more comprehensive power tool to make a dizzying array of different types of cuts, our list has you covered. If you are short on space, but not on cash, and still want all of the bells and whistles, the Bosch can make all of the different miter saw cuts and more. On the other hand, if you just need a basic miter saw with the ability to make single bevels, the DEWALT comes in at a more reasonable cost. That said, if the cost is one of your major concerns, then the Hitachi provides an inexpensive, if simpler, and reliable option. The Chicago Electric offers an extremely cheap 10-inch miter saw, but it definitely leaves a bit to be desired. Finally, the Evolution miter saw can cut through more materials than any other option reviewed but may not be the best for hardwoods.