Table of Contents
- Best Miter Saw Stand Reviews 2019
- Best Miter Saw Stand Buying Guide 2019
Best Miter Saw Stand Reviews 2019
Regardless of how good of a stationary tabletop power saw you may have, without an equally capable stand, it may as well be a doorstop. This is never truer than with a miter saw which generates a great deal of torque and often makes some of the most complex cuts in construction. This is why we have put together a list of the 5 best miter saw stand reviews of 2019. To further help you make your decision, we provide a helpful buyer’s guide as well as an FAQ. While we think the Bosch and one of the DEWALTs steal the show, there are definitely some respectable options at much lower prices. Keep reading to find out.
Bosch Portable Gravity-Rise Wheeled Miter Saw Stand T4B – Best Seller
For anyone who knows about power tools, it should come as little surprise that Bosch takes the best seller position. Long known as one of the best professional-grade power tool manufacturers with a century-old power tool that still works in their museum, Bosch makes it a point to focus on the qualities that allow for the highest degree of precision. When this is applied to power saws, you may occasionally find this focus leaves them a bit underpowered for some of the more exotic materials and hardwoods. However, when you are looking for an ancillary or peripheral tool product, this attention to detail and focus on precision is one of the best traits to look for. In fact, this miter saw stand is so good that the fact it $100 more than the next closest competitor still does not slow down the sales.
Mostly Great Specs
Likely one of the biggest reasons that the Bosch miter saw stand is the best selling product in its category comes down to the specs that it provides. This is especially important for professional jobs or when constructing master-level woodworking projects where the workpieces will often be significantly larger than your average miter cut. To help accommodate these specific needs, the T4B miter saw stand has the largest material clearance that we reviewed at 18’ which is a full 2’ longer than the next closest competitor. To make it even better, the Bosch miter stand also offers a superior vertical feed height of 12”, though this is not actually the tallest we saw. That said, the difference is negligible, but the only area where this miter stand comes in a touch short is in the weight capacity department. To be fair, this has a good bit to do with the limitations of other features that allow it to be more convenient, but it does not change the fact that it only has a weight capacity of 300 pounds.
While the specs on this miter stand are great in their own right, Bosch went ahead and made sure that this product is more versatile than most of their competition too. For instance, the Bosch miter saw stand comes with a universal mounting system that allows you to attach a wide variety of different miter saw makes without having to worry about compatibility. In fact, this mounting system is so advanced that it can attach a number of other types of power saws to it as well, though those are definitely a bit more hit or miss. On top of that, this is one of the few miter saw stands we found that allows for effortless breakdown and setup due to the use of Bosch’s patented Gravity Rise technology. This allows you to easily transport the miter stand from one job to the next and is only made easier with the inclusion of 8” rubber wheels. That said, this miter saw stand needs to be as easy to move as it can due to the fact that it is also by far the heaviest miter saw stand that we reviewed. Granted, this has more to do with the fact that it is made out of durable steel than anything else.
- Uses patented Gravity Rise technology
- Has 18’ of material clearance
- Has a universal mounting system
- Has 8” rubber wheels
- Has a 12” vertical feed height
- Is made of steel
- The most expensive miter saw stand reviewed
- The heaviest miter saw stand reviewed
DEWALT DWX726 Rolling Miter Saw Stand – Top Pick
If you have been in the construction field, are an amateur woodworker, or even watched television recently, chances are you know what DEWALT is. For the rest of us, DEWALT is a power tool manufacturer with a history that stretches back close to a century ago. While it was once known as a top-tier professional-grade power tool manufacturer, it is currently a subsidiary brand of the hardware conglomerate Stanley Black and Decker. Though the initial re-entry into the power tool market was a bit rocky, DEWALT has quickly returned to form and is now the professional-grade lineup of their parent company. The DEWALT DWX726 made it onto our list as the top pick because it does most of what the best selling miter saw stand can do at a significantly lower price.
This DEWALT miter saw stand offers some okay specs, but it really makes its money on offering a product that can accommodate the different needs of various consumer groups. Professional contractors will likely gravitate to the DWX726 miter saw stand because it provides a much easier method of lugging your miter saw from one job site to another. Granted, it does not use patented technology to do so, but this stand still employs collapsing engineering to make setting it up and breaking it down that much easier. On top of that, this is also the only miter saw stand that we reviewed which provides 3 different positions, so that you do not have to worry about awkwardly positioning yourself around a fixed posture. Finally, even once you are done using the miter saw stand, putting away your tools has never been easier with the ability to store vertically with the miter saw still attached. That said, it is important to take proper precautions when doing so as this does make the stand a bit more unstable.
Bells and Whistles
In terms of convenience, we think that the DEWALT DWX726 miter saw stand cannot be beaten, and the company goes even further to hammer this point home. For one, this is another rolling miter saw stand that makes sure to use durable rubber wheels for easier and more stable transport. Even better, it is actually much lighter than most other wheeled miter saw stands, though it is still fairly heavy for miter stands in general. On top of that, even though it is one of the least expensive wheeled miter saw stands we found, it is also still higher up on the price scale. That said, this miter saw stand does come with a multi-purpose mounting system that accepts the overwhelming majority of miter saws on the market. As if that was not enough, the DEWALT DWX726 miter stand also allows for you to use planers too, adding just a little bit more versatility. It is worth noting that this miter stand only has a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds, though that has a lot to do with the fact that the collapsing system uses pneumatic mechanics. Still, the design of this product uses tubular steel, so you do not have to worry about durability too much.
- Is a collapsing miter saw stand
- Has rubber wheels
- Allows for vertical storage
- Has a multi-purpose mounting system
- Is made of steel
- Has three different positions
- A more expensive miter saw stand
- Has a shorter material clearance
BORA Portamate PM-4000 – Best Value
BORA tools is definitely a bit unusual of a company on our list for a couple of reasons. For one, this is easily one of the youngest tool manufacturers that we reviewed having been founded less than 15 years ago. However, its recent founding should not turn you off as it is also the only company on our list that does not make hand or power tools at all. Instead, this company specializes in a wide range of tool accessories, making it a point to offer top-quality products that are compatible with a dizzyingly wide range of manufacturers. When you consider this with the fact that the BORA Portamate PM-400 miter saw stand is also one of the less expensive products on our list, it only makes sense that it would also be considered our best value option too.
While there are definitely some legitimate issues with the BORA miter stand, as there are with any budget-value product, it is worth remembering that this stand has some truly impressive specs to back that up. First, this miter saw stand is the first on our list that cracks the scale with a maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds, good for the top spot. On top of that, this weight capacity also provides a reasonably decent maximum materials clearance of 9’8”, though this is closer to the low end than it is the high end of the spectrum. However, the PM-400 does take the lead spot with a maximum vertical feed height of 13”, which is even taller than the top-rated product that we reviewed. Altogether, these are some genuinely respectable specs that make the BORA Portamate miter saw stand a great deal.
The Other Shoe
Of course, whenever you purchase a more budget-friendly product, it is always important to remember that something has to give. With the specs being solid, the area that suffers with the Portamate miter stand ends up being the precision. For instance, the legs use easy snap legs that allow for easy breakdowns, but those same legs are not always the most stable. While this will not go to the level of actually being unsafe, it will still allow for a little bit of wobble while extended. On top of that, the support bars for the BORA Portamate miter saw stand are not the straightest which can make leveling up your cut a bit trickier than preferred. That said, it is still fairly impressive that the Portamate PM-400 miter stand manages to come in as one of the lighter products we saw, despite being made of contractor-grade steel.
- A less expensive miter saw stand
- Has a 500 lb weight capacity
- Has a 9’8” material clearance
- Made of contractor-grade steel
- Is a lightweight miter saw stand
- Has a 13” vertical feed height
- Support bars are not straight
- Has a tendency to wobble
DEWALT DWX723 Heavy Duty Miter Saw Stand – Runner Up
DEWALT makes our list a second time, but this time the company focused on producing a miter saw stand that is more in line with the traditional designs used for decades. While this will definitely reduce some of the convenience that comes with our other DEWALT entry, it also allows the product to offer some significant upgrades in the specifications department. That said, few of the upgrades afforded this DEWALT miter saw stand are so good as to justify the price which is equal to the far more convenient model and more than double the cost of any other traditional miter saw stand. While this is still a reasonable option, you should definitely consider a bit more carefully whether you are paying more than you need.
Potentially Best Specs
While sussing out which specs are more important than others, there is no getting around the fact that the DEWALT DWX723 miter saw stand definitely rises to the top in most of the important categories. For instance, when it comes to the maximum material clearance, only our top-rated miter stand can compete with the DEWALT’s expansive 16’ which is twice as long as the other DEWALT on our list. Even better, the DWX723 miter stand also ties for the top spot in terms of maximum weight capacity at 500 pounds. On the other hand, this is oddly a somewhat heavier miter saw stand, a fact made all the more perplexing since it is also the only product on our list to be made of aluminum. Thankfully, the material composition of the DEWALT DWX723 miter stand does not affect its durability and even helps naturally protect it from water.
Still Fairly Convenient
Just from a quick glance, it should be pretty obvious that the DEWALT DWX723 miter saw stand is not nearly as convenient as its brother on our list. That said, for a traditional style miter stand, this is still one of the more convenient we found. This first starts with the inclusion of DEWALT’s customary universal mounting system that allows this stand to be used with a wide variety of different miter saw manufacturers. On top of that, this is actually one of the few traditional miter saw stands we found whose non-marring feet actually cover the entire base of the legs and perform as advertised. Still, the coup de grace comes in the form of its adjustment system which uses a number of triggers and flip locks to allow you to quickly and easily adjust the miter stand settings on the fly, saving you time and energy.
- Has a 500 lb weight capacity
- Has 16’ of material clearance
- Is made of aluminum
- Is quick and easy to use
- Has a universal mounting system
- Has non-marring feet
- A more expensive miter saw stand
- Is a heavier miter saw stand
HICO UWC4000 Compact Folding Miter Saw Stand with Machine Mounts – Also Consider
HICO tools is another company on our list that has made its way into the market relatively recently. That said, the company has been around since 2000, though it did not always operate independently and was initially an OEM manufacturer for other brands. In terms of focus, the company makes products for the construction field more broadly, rather than specializing in anything– though this is fairly common for large companies. Much like many other OEM manufacturers, HICO is based out of China which may turn some consumers off. To be fair, there are some legitimate reasons to be wary of the company, but one major reason to give it a shot.
Give and Take
Quite simply put, there is not another miter saw stand that we found which is less expensive than the HICO with its specs. It is eminently important to remember that this does entail some flaws, and unfortunately, with the HICO UWC4000 miter saw stand, those flaws are not minor. To be clear, this is not a terrible product, but the fact remains that this is easily the least durable miter stand on our list. Thankfully, the durability issues do not come from cheap or weak metal and instead is a result of the use of too many plastic components. This is almost certainly a decision made so that the UWC4000 miter saw stand would come in at 23 pounds, by far the lightest product we reviewed. In fact, this miter saw stand is still able to provide a great maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds, which is right in line with other traditional miter saw stands.
Ups and Downs
The high maximum weight capacity of this miter stand is likely the result of using steel for its construction, and most of the plastic components used for adjustments will not actually affect this aspect. That said, this miter stand is definitely more limited than many of the others in terms of appropriate use due in a large part to its materials clearance. At only 8’, the HICO UWC4000 miter saw stand has the shortest materials clearance on our list. Still, the HICO miter stand at least provides a universal mounting system, so you do not have to worry about whether or not your saw will fit. On top of that, even though the adjustment components are not that durable, they are at least easy to engage and use.
- The least expensive miter saw stand reviewed
- Has a 500 lb weight capacity
- Is the lightest miter saw stand reviewed
- Is made of steel
- Has a universal mounting system
- Is easy to use
- Has the shortest material clearance reviewed
- Not the most durable
Best Miter Saw Stand Buying Guide 2019
It might seem a little odd considering that this is just an accessory and not the actual miter saw, but miter saw stands come in a couple of different types. The first and most common type of miter saw stand is the traditional model which looks like little more than a metal sawhorse. That said, looks can be deceiving as this type can still be fairly comprehensive in its capabilities. The second type of miter saw stand is the rolling stand which makes a couple of trades to offer additional convenience.
This is your classic miter saw stand and will actually use a design that is fairly common to more power tool stands in general. However, it is important to note that just because the design may be similar, this does not necessarily mean that the stand will be able to accommodate tools other than a miter saw. That said, there are some manufacturers out there who do go the extra mile and make their miter saw stands able to accept a few other power tools. This stand type is generally noted for having the larger weight capacity due to the use of snap out legs. While this is definitely more stable than the other type at maximum capacity, it is also more difficult to set up and breakdown.
This type of miter saw stand involves the use of pneumatics or some form of mechanical leveraging to make setting up and breaking down the stand much easier. On top of that, the wheels obviously make transporting a miter saw and the stand significantly easier. That said, the complex mechanics or pneumatic systems do place more stringent weight capacities on this type of stand. On top of that, this type of miter saw stand is often one of, if not, the most expensive models on the market. Still, manufacturers have a tendency to put a little bit more effort into the versatility and functionality of rolling miter saw stands which can definitely increase their overall value for professional contractors or advanced woodworkers.
This basically means how far the rails that hold the workpiece will extend and how much support they provide. This is one of the few features of a miter saw stand that does not have a specific setting for which it is more or less useful. Coincidentally, this also happens to be one of the few features that vary far more widely from one product to the next. If you are a professional contractor framing a house, chances are you are going to need all of the material’s clearance that you can get. On the other hand, if the most complicated thing you expect to build is a medium-sized deck or a shed, you can likely get by with a much shorter maximum materials clearance.
Which kind to choose?
In general, there are two different types of miter saw stands: rolling and traditional. While it may seem at first as if the question is fairly straightforward, there are definitely a few nuances which can come into play and edge your decision a bit one way or the other. For instance, rolling miter saw stands obviously have the additional advantage of being far more portable than traditional models. If you need to move your miter saw from job site to job site, it will definitely be easier to roll the stand, rather than carry it. On top of that, some rolling miter saw stands even have the ability to keep the saw mounted while stored away in a vertical position, reducing the amount of setup and breakdown time you need.
On the other hand, because rolling miter saw stands have so many extra moving parts, they also have more stringent weight capacities than the traditional miter saw stands. In fact, traditional miter saw stands can generally handle more than 50-percent heavier maximum weight loads than their rolling cousins. On top of that, while it may seem like traditional miter saw stands are inherently less convenient than the rolling models, many manufacturers actually offer additional accessories to help turn a traditional miter saw stand into a hybrid version with aftermarket wheelsets.
Beyond the Miter Saw
Another thing to consider which may very well sway your decision one way or another is the hardware versatility of the miter saw stand. Though the subject of this article may seem a bit limited, there are actually other power tools which are often made for a benchtop too. Some of these power tools are other types of power saw and some of them perform different functions altogether. For instance, routers are often used to perform some of the cuts that miter saws are, especially bevel cuts. In fact, there is even a miter saw stand we reviewed that accepts planers too.
It is worth noting that most miter saw stands use some form of a universal mounting system. Of course, the term “universal” does not have a truly universal meaning may not necessarily apply to every miter saw on the market. That said, this is usually not as much of an issue within the product’s intended market, but it definitely has implications for the broader potential uses. For instance, some miter saw stands will accept benchtop tools outside of miter saws, but their universal mounting system may not apply to those. In this instance, you will likely have to purchase the same brand of power tools as the miter saw stand to take advantage of this feature.
What to look for
What you should look for really comes down more to where you intend to use the miter saw stand than anything else. This is because a fair amount of features within this product market are more or less standardized depending on the type in question. For example, the maximum weight capacity of both the rolling and traditional miter saw stands generally sits at 300 pounds and 500 pounds respectively. Obviously, if you expect to be cutting exceptionally dense and heavy workpieces, you will want to opt for the traditional model. On the other hand, if you find yourself using a miter saw at many different job sites, you should probably go with the rolling miter saw stand.
Of course, there are a few aspects which do not come standard, and those can definitely help you make up your mind. The materials clearance is easily one of the biggest features that shows some of the widest variance with top of the line models offering more than twice the length that their more budget-friendly competitors do. On top of that, the various height positions can make using the miter saw stand a breeze or a pain depending on the height of the user and the ability to raise or lower the stand. Finally, the number of plastic components is actually one of the best ways to tell how well-made the product is in general with the less plastic the better.
While it is not always true, the adage “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to the miter saw stand market. If you are a professional contractor, it is difficult to go wrong with the Bosch which not only offers the longest materials clearance but can move easily from job to job. The DEWALT DWX726 offers just as much portability as the Bosch, but cannot compete with the specs. On the other hand, the DEWALT DWX723 can definitely compete with the specs, but you will still have to carry it around by hand. The Bora Portamate is by far the best value of the bunch, but you may be a bit limited in terms of materials clearance. Finally, the HICO is acceptable if you are short on funds and do not require the stand for significant lengths of time.