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Purchasing a budget miter saw without knowing the ins and outs can be a dangerous game and can end up costing you in money and time.
If you’re purchasing a budget miter saw on the cheap you want to know you’re still getting something that will still perform and last despite the low price point.
Well, our team has done that research for you. From our knowledge and feedback from users, we’ve created this in-depth guide with reviews to help you really decide what is the best budget miter saw for you.
We still advise if you are looking for a miter saw to use continuously or on a strenuous workload then opting for a more premium tool. These tools are aimed at household owners looking to complete the odd tasks around the home.
Let’s jump into the guide to find out what really suits your user requirements, tasks in hand and budget.
Here's 3 products we picked out that thought you would be interested in depending on your budget...
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The Best Budget Miter Saws with Reviews 2020
Here's some of the best budget miter saws on the market today:
1. SKIL 3821-01 12-Inch Compound Miter Saw
- Easy to set up out the box with video guide
- Two safety releases which users found handy
- The power and accuracy was a common feature in the feedback from users
- The basic listing does not include a stand
This is our top pick due to the sheer amount of positive feedback that was given on this tool from current owners.
From the ease of setup to the power and performance which was commonly mentioned by owners are nice little bonuses to have on a tool within this price category.
The laser is known to work well on this tool which is quite a rarity for a miter saw within this price category.
It’s still a tool aimed at beginners it’s by no means specced or aimed at a professional looking to use a miter saw on a daily basis but it’ll perform the odd household task without any great issue.
Many users did the upgrade and purchase the stand as an add on just to give them that little extra support whilst cutting.
2. Hitachi C10FCG 10" Compound Miter Saw
- Owners found this tool to cut materials with ease. It was described as very powerful
- Angle measurements are spot on
- The sawdust catcher is said to be very efficient
- Only bevels left which can be an inconvenience to some users
- No side supports
- No laser marker
This is what users found to be the best value in the budget category.
It’s priced a bit lower than our top pick and not a huge difference in spec, performance, and longevity of the tool.
The efficient sawdust catcher came in handy for users when trying to keep the site tidy whilst performing cutting tasks. Many miter saws in this price category don’t have great dust catchers which then creates more work so it’s a big plus that users found this one to be very good.
This tool is described as powerful and accurate which is all you can wish for in a tool in this price category.
There are a few drawbacks with certain handy add ons not included e.g. a laser marker. At the end of the day though you’re paying cheap for a budget tool so it’s not going to include all the fancy extras.
3. Genesis GMS1015LC 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw
- Easily removable saw mounts came in hand for owners
- Easy to make angled cuts
- Could cut through many materials with ease
- The laser is battery powered which some users found frustrating
This is perfect if you’re looking to spend the absolute minimum on a new miter saw.
It can complete cutting tasks without any great deal of issues but it’s by no means fancy.
If you’re looking for a tool to literally measure accurately and cut without many add ons then we do advise this tool as it’s described to be accurate, powerful and to last well by current owners.
The fact that the laser tool is battery powered shouldn’t really be enough to put you off it just means a small amount of extra money spent and a very small bit of extra time when setting up the tool.
If you’re looking to load this tool up with a constant workflow or you want to start using it as a full-time tradesman then we advise one of our more premium picks.
4. Evolution R185SMS 7-1/4" Compound Sliding Miter Saw
- Sliding compound – rare to find in this price bracket
- Users mentioned how they were pleasantly surprised by the amount of power packed into this compact tool
- Owners mentioned how good these blades were for cutting materials
- Easy to set up out the box
- Users found the replacement blades by Evolution to be quite pricey even though they are good quality
This is our next pick as this is something a little bit different as this tool can also be used as a sliding miter saw.
Due to this fact it offers the user another little string to its bow in terms of versatility of tasks this tool can complete.
The user feedback was very positive about the power of this tool as well as the measuring and cutting accuracy. It was actually rare to hear a negative word about this tool.
From the build to the performance and power of the tool it really is quite something in this price bracket.
If you’re looking for a miter saw to get you started up and that can complete an array of tasks then this could be the way forward for you.
5. Delta S26-262L 10" Miter Saw
- Users found this tool to be very lightweight
- Very easy to set up out the box
- Owners were pleasantly surprised by the power and accuracy of this tool
- The laser requires calibration out the box
From user feedback, we found that this is definitely up there in terms of a budget miter saw.
It just lacked the extra buzz around it from users which our top pick seems to have.
It’s versatile as you can use it with most stands so that’s always handy that the manufacturer hasn’t locked it into having their branded stand.
There weren’t many complaints on this tool at all it’s just very basic, it doesn’t have many extras and add ons.
Some owners complained that they had to calibrate the laser out of the box which was a bit of an inconvenience when they wanted to get the tool out the box and get going however we think that this shouldn’t really be enough to put you off it just means an extra bit of time spent during the initial setup of the tool.
Wrapping it up
There’s our guide completed of what we find to be the best miter saw for under $200 depending on your needs.
Our top pick was due to the number of good things we heard back about the tool. The SKIL 3821-01 really is a tool to be reckoned with due to its spec, ease of use and performance. It’s really quite amazing that it’s in this price bracket of under $200.
For those looking for something with different add ons of even cheaper than around the $200 price point then there are a few options for you in the guide as well.
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