The 6 Best Budget Miter Saws (Review)

Looking for an affordable but dependable miter saw? With miter saws, precision is the name of the game. One wrong cut and you could have a major headache on your mind.

Fortunately, we’ve found six budget miter saws that should offer great cuts in various situations.

In a hurry? Check out the list of the best budget miter saws below. If a particular option catches your eye, we recommend reading our in-depth review of that saw and why we picked it.

As you can see, you have many choices even if you’re working with a tight budget.

Miters saws are used to make highly accurate crosscuts and miters. A miter refers to a joint fashioned by cutting two pieces of wood (or another material) at angles to fit together. You could cut two pieces of wood at 45-degree angles, for example, and then they’ll fit together nicely.

Making such exact cuts is easier said than done, but that’s where a miter saw comes in. A miter saw typically features a circular saw attached to a swing arm that you can pivot as needed. This makes it easier to cut the exact angles you need.

Before picking a miter saw up, it’s smart first to examine your needs. For example, if you’re cutting miter joints only on rare occasions, a cheap saw might meet your needs. On the other hand, if you’re looking to work on many projects, spending a bit extra now could help you save money in the long run.

My Recommendations

Obviously, precision is important when using miter saws, and it was certainly a major factor we considered during our review process. We also covered other important factors, including safety features, cutting power, durability, portability, warranties, and more.

Ultimately, you’ll want a miter saw that performs as well as possible in the above aspects.

Let’s dig in and examine the best budget miter saws. Have questions or comments? Feel free to post them below

DeWALT DWS715 12-Inch Single Bevel Miter Saw

DeWalt is one of the most trusted brands in the tool business, and for a good reason: their products are well-designed, feature expert craftsmanship, and are generally powerful enough to handle most projects.

DeWalt products sometimes come at a premium, but this 12-Inch 15 amp single bevel miter saw is quite reasonably priced. Other variations, such as the 12-inch sliding miter saw, may cost significantly more but also offer more features.

As for the 12-inch single bevel miter saw, it’s a great value that performs well day in and day out. So what makes this DeWalt saw stand out? Let’s examine this circular saw’s features and then break down the standout attributes.

Check out the DeWALT 715 12-Inch single bevel miter saw’s features:

  • 15 Amp Motor
  • Produces up to 4,000 RPM
  • 12 inch blade
  • Steel miter detent plates with 14 positive stops
  • Carbide tipped blade
  • 3 year limited warranty

Cons

  • Some budget miter saws are cheaper

What’s Included

  • DWS715 circular saw
  • 12-inch carbide-tipped blade
  • Stainless steel detent plate
  • Dust bag
  • Wrench
  • Vertical Clamp

My Favorite Feature: Stainless steel detent plate

  • The detent plate on this unit offers 14 positive stops, which provides accurate cuts and should hold up for years to come.

With miter saws, it’s all about the angles. The stainless steel detent plate helps ensure accurate cuts. Combined with the powerful motor and carbide-tipped blades, this helps ensure accurate, straight cuts.

If you’re putting together joints or need to make precision angled cuts for other reasons, you’ll appreciate the features offered by this saw. And with DeWALT’s respected build quality, generous warranty, and high-quality materials, you should be able to depend on this miter saw both today and for years to come.

DeWALT DWS713 10-Inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

Similar to the 12 inch DeWALT miter saw we reviewed earlier, this 10 inch saw offers great value and good performance. While the blade on this unit is smaller, it’s still packed with a powerful 15 amp motor that can deliver 5,000 RPM.

The carbide-tipped blade can cut through many materials and should last a long time. The stainless steel detent plate makes it easy to get exactly the cuts you need. In general, DeWALT builds excellent tools and products. From the base to the tips of the blade, you can expect quality with this saw.

This DeWALT 10-inch miter saw is quite light and easy to transport, so you can take it to project sites as needed. Further, 10-inch saws typically are more compact than comparable 12-inch saws.

The DeWALT DWS713 10-Inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw packs these features:

  • Powerful 15 amp motor
  • Stainless steel detent plate with 14 positive stops for accurate cuts
  • Tall sliding fence that supports 4-1/4-inch base (vertically)
  • Lightweight, portable design

Cons

  • Smaller blade than other units

What’s Included?

  • 15 amp motor
  • 10″ Carbide Tipped Blade 
  • Dust Bag
  • Clamp 
  • Wrench

My Favorite Feature: Powerful 15 amp motor

  • The 15 amp motor provides plenty of cutting power and 5,000 RPM, making this unit great for many projects.

When we first saw that this 10-inch DeWALT miter saw was the “little brother” to the 12 inch DeWALT, we figured it’d pack a smaller, less robust motor. Instead, DeWALT packs in a full-powered 15 amp motor capable of delivering 5,000 RPM.

The 10-inch DeWALT DWS713 still offers plenty of power and accurate cutting but in a compact, portable, and affordable package. It’s a great choice, especially at this price point, and should serve you well. One could even argue that this unit is the best budget miter saw, but it does face stiff competition.

Metabo HPT 10-Inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw

This Metabo HPT 10-inch compound miter saw is among the cheapest options you can pick up. If price is the most important factor for you, this unit is perhaps the best budget miter saw you can buy.

Despite the affordable price tag, this miter saw packs a 15 amp motor that’s capable of producing 5,000 RPM, allowing you to cut through a wide range of materials. The bevel range goes from zero to 45, allowing you to make a wide variety of cuts.

Thumb activated positive stops help ensure accurate cuts as well. While cutting, the plastic guard reduces the risk of debris (but yes, you should still wear safety glasses).

Weighing less than 25 pounds, this unit is quite light and mobile. That said, the lightweight is achieved by using some plastic parts and a base that’s not as thick and robust as those found on other miter saws.

The Metabo HPT 10-Inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw offers these features:

  • 10-inch blade
  • 15 amp motor capable of producing 5,000 RPM
  • 0-45 degree bevel range
  • 0-52 degree miter angle range
  • 5-21/32 Inches max cutting range
  • Clamping system to easily attach the saw to larger table

Cons

  • Assembly can be difficult
  • Build quality is not as good as other units

What’s Included?

  • Metabo HPT C10FCGS miter saw
  • Bar Wrench (5mm),
  • 10″ 24T TCT Saw Blade
  • Dust Bag
  • Vise Assembly
  • HexHolder

My Favorite Feature: Highly affordable price tag

  • The Metabo HPT C10FCGS packs a powerful motor, especially given the price. It also comes with a number of accessories.

On the whole, the Metabo HPT 10-Inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw presents a fantastic bargain. If you only need a saw to make some cuts here and there, this Metabo unit should serve you well.

That said, this Metabo HPT, 10-inch saw, doesn’t offer the build quality found in more expensive saws. You also won’t get advanced features, like a laser.

SKIL 3821-01 12-Inch Quick Mount Compound Miter Saw with Laser

Lasers are becoming increasingly popular on miter saws and other power tools as well. No, you don’t use the lasers to make cuts but instead to ensure precision. With laser lighting the way, you can make sure you make the exact cut you want. Fortunately, the SKIL 3821-01 12-Inch quick-mount compound miter saw is affordable and equipped with a laser.

Besides the laser, this SKIL miter saw is a great unit, packed with a 15 amp motor capable of spinning the 12-inch blade at RPM 4,500. This unit is also a compound miter saw, meaning that it can tilt both right and left for angled cuts and can also tilt for beveled cuts (in a single direction).

As is often the case with budget miter saws, some assembly is required. Fortunately, in this case, the SKIL 3821-01 12-inch miter saw is quite easy to assemble. This saw also easily mounts to tables and workbenches.

Features you’ll find on the SKIL 3821-01 12-Inch Quick Mount Compound Miter Saw with Laser:

  • 15 amp motor capable of 4,500 RPM
  • 9 positive stops
  • Laser guidance
  • Quick mount system that works with compatible stands
  • Compound design allows both angled and beveled cuts

Cons

  • Only 9 positive stops
  • More expensive than other budget miter saws

My Favorite Feature: Precision laser

The included laser makes precision cuts easier and may prove especially helpful for folks new to miter saws and the sometimes complicated cuts required.

Lasers have been around for a few years now, but only more expensive models often come equipped with one. Increasingly, however, lasers are available on budget miter saws, including the SKIL 3821-01 12-Inch miter saw.

Add in the fact that this is a compound miter saw, and you’ve got a flexible but easy-to-use saw that both beginners and more experienced people could use day in and day out for a wide variety of projects.

MM1011 Compound Sliding Miter Saw by Wen

Wen’s MM1011 sliding miter saw is a great choice if you’re cutting larger boards and materials. Sliding miter saws allow you to slide the blades out, something you can’t do with non-sliding saws. In practice, a 10-inch miter saw can only cut boards that measure about 6 inches in width, while a 12-inch saw can cut boards up to 8 inches wide.

Now, how about a sliding miter saw? You should be able to cut boards that are twice as wide. Thus, this 10-inch WEN sliding saw should be able to cut boards that are roughly 12 inches wide. If you’re working with larger materials, it’s smart to pick up a sliding saw.

Wen MM1011 Compound Sliding Miter Saw features:

  • 15 Amp motor
  • 10-inch 40 tooth carbide saw blade
  • Class II laser onboard
  • 9 positive stops

Con

  • Two-year warranty rather than three

What’s Included

  • Dust port adapter
  • Clamp
  • Table extensions (2)
  • Dust bag
  • MM1011 saw

My Favorite Feature: Sliding Saw Blades

Sliding miter saws offer more flexibility and make it possible to work with larger boards, so we appreciate seeing this feature on an affordable, high-quality miter saw as the Wen MM1011 10-inch saw. If you think you’re ever going to need to make angled cuts on wider boards, then you should consider opting for a sliding saw.

Outside the sliding capabilities, this saw is still an excellent unit, offering clean cuts and plenty of power. Build quality is good as well, and it’s equipped with a laser. In other words, you’re not really making sacrifices in exchange for the sliding capabilities.

The small size, laser guidance, and overall high-build quality also help ensure that this miter saw is practical, flexible, and dependable. Further, Wen is well-regarded for its customer service, so if you run into a problem with the sliding mechanism or anything else, you’re likely to enjoy great service.

Craftsman CMXEMAR 120 10-inch Folding Compound Miter Saw

Craftsman is one of the most reputable brands in the tool and construction industry. While Craftsman is perhaps most famous for their hand tools, they also sell a number of well-regarded power tools, such as the Craftsman CMXEMAR 120 10-inch single bevel compound miter saw.

Featuring a 15 amp motor, the Craftsman CMXEMAR 120 miter saw can spin up to 4500 RPM. Equipped with a sharp blade, this saw is ready to use once set it up. There’s also a laser guidance system.

This Craftsman unit can also be folded up for easy transportation. If you’re tight on space in your work truck or in the garage, the compact folding design comes in very handy. Weighing just 28 pounds, the Craftsman CMXEMAR120 is also quite light and easy to tote around.

Craftsman also offers a 3-year warranty on this circular saw. Further, Craftsman is generally well-regarded for honoring their warranties and making it easy to get products repaired or replaced.

Features found on the Craftsman CMXEMAR 120 10-inch Folding Compound Miter Saw:

  • 15 amp motor
  • Carbide 10 inch blade
  • Folding design
  • 0-47 degree bevel
  • 0-47 degree left miter, 55 degree right miter
  • 3-year warranty

Cons

  • Among the pricier options on this list

What’s Included

  • Miter Saw
  • Carbide blade
  • Support base
  • Blade wrench
  • Dust bag
  • Material clamp

My Favorite Feature: Folding Design

The foldable design makes this Craftsman miter saw easy to store and transport but doesn’t compromise the Craftsman CMXEMAR 120’s stability or reliability.

Lugging around saws can be a bit of a pain. Most saws are large, relatively heavy, and you’ve got to worry about cuts from sharp parts. If you drop your saw or struggle to properly store it, you could quickly damage your tools.

With this Craftsman miter saw, transportation and storage are a cinch. Add in the lightweight, laser, and powerful cutting ability, and you’ve got a great portable miter saw.

Conclusion: Which Miter Saw is the Best Budget Miter Saw?

Drum roll, please! So what’s the best miter budget miter saw? In our opinion, the DeWALT DWS715 12-Inch Single Bevel Miter Saw is hard to beat. DeWALT is one of the best brands in the business, and this saw offers a lot of features and great build quality at a reasonable price.

There’s one caveat, however. If you’re going to be working with larger boards, you’ll want a sliding miter saw. In that case, the MM1011 Compound Sliding Miter Saw by Wen is a great option.

Further, if your budget is especially tight, the Metabo HPT 10-Inch Single Bevel Compound Miter Saw is a great unit. In fact, every miter saw on our list is an excellent choice, so if a different model here caught your eye, go ahead and buy it. You’re still getting a great miter saw.

James Thomas

James Thomas

Tool Enthusiast

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