You’re probably well aware of how important a miter saw is to both the professional and the general weekend DIY warrior – yet there are so many options available, it can be difficult to understand what’s best suited for you.
If you’re a little short for time, I’ve made a quick list of the best cordless miter saws we’ve reviewed today, so you can come back at a time that’s better suited for you.
- DeWalt DCS361B Cordless Miter Saw
- Makita XSL02Z Cordless Miter Saw
- Milwaukee 2734-20 Cordless Miter Saw
Many would swear by their corded miter saws, for their own reasons – yet the cordless miter saw is a combination of both power and portability, and should be a staple in your inventory – especially if you’re on the go moving from site to site.
But what cordless miter saws are out there, and how do you choose? I’ve made this a little easier for you, by covering three of the best cordless miter saws you can currently find on the market.
As I stated earlier, I’ve put together the best three cordless miter saws that you’ll find stacked in the aisles of your local hardware stores, as well as online. These three miter saws I’ve covered have all the features and specifications that will assist you in tackling a majority of jobs, especially if you’re yet to purchase one.
If you have any further questions, feel free to drop me a comment in the section at the bottom of this article. With that being said, let’s get into it – and have a look at our first cordless miter saw from DeWalt, the DCS361B.
DeWalt have a healthy amount of models available across most power tools you can purchase, and their miter saw categories – both corded and cordless, are no exception.
Currently, DeWalt have eight available cordless miter saws – and the DCS361B is one of the best in the class – and the reasons for this? Well, once you read on – you’ll understand.
This model can be found in two forms, a bare tool only option (this particular version), and a precision trim blade plus tool option – so there’s some variety based on your needs.
Another interesting point to note before we move on to some of the features and specifications below, is the ability to share batteries with other DeWalt power tools that share the 20V Max battery sharing platform – a huge bonus for those who already own DeWalt tools and are looking to stay with the same manufacturer.
If you’re not one of these people – you’ll definitely know one, right?
- Lightweight design, with a total weight of 30lbs – perfect for contractors and those on the go
- No-load speed motor with a speed of 3,750 RPM
- 45° bevel cut cap – 2×8, 45° miter cut cap of 5-½”, 90° cross-cut cap of 8”
- Eleven positive stops for increased precision and productivity – detent plate is adjustable and made of stainless steel
- Part of DeWalt’s 20V Max battery sharing system for a greater convenience between your tools
What’s In The Box?
- 1 x DeWalt DCS361B cordless miter saw
- 1 x Carbide blade
- 1 x Blade wrench
- 1 x Material Clamp
My Favorite Feature: Cross-Cut Positioning System
- Increased accuracy and line of cut with an integrated system for both precision and quality cuts
If you’re familiar with DeWalt’s miter saws models, you’ll know that the cross-cut positioning system is found in nearly all of them – in both corded and cordless class. How does this system work, exactly?
Well, a white LED light shines across the blade of your miter saw, providing a shadow line for aim – increasing the accuracy of your cuts. This is a feature that works brilliantly under darker conditions – such as a dimly lit environment, or an early morning or night cut.
Using this within daylight may cause some issues in visibility in seeing the light – however you’re able to replace the LED light with a brighter and more powerful alternative to white – meaning you can be prepared for all situations without compromising your work.
Makita have always created their power tools with innovation in mind, as they look to increase both performance and usability for users. The XSL02Z is a perfect product of this ingenuity, and I’ll go into further detail of how exactly Makita achieves this.
Firstly, it’s important to note that this model is the third miter saw on Makita’s cordless rollout, and is powered by two 18V batteries 0 giving additional power without reducing runtime. How does that sound?
This allows this model to rival that of corded miter saws – a feature often longed for by contractors who are looking for a portability option without a lack of power.
- Total weight of 28.2 lbs, a great portability option for contractors
- Brushless motor with 5,700 RPM max speed
- Electric brake with direct drive gearbox
- Cutting capacity of 2” x 12” at 90° and 2” x 8” at 45°
- 4-Steel rail sliding system with additional extendable wing
What’s In The Box?
- 1 x Makita XSL02Z cordless miter saw
- 1 x 7-12” 40T carbide-tipped blade
- 1 x Dustbag
- 1 x Vertical vice
- 1 x Extension wing
My Favorite Feature: Brushless Motor
- Increased performance and tool longevity thanks to the brushless motor feature
If you’ve only used a standard, brushed motor in your tools – you’ll find that they regularly require cleaning, maintenance and can often fail after many hours of use. Put simply, they aren’t meant to last the distance – which is a necessary requirement for a cordless tool that is used often, isn’t it?
The brushless motor is the upgraded version for motors, reducing carbon brushes that can often be worn-down through many sessions of use. This allows the motor to run cooler and more efficiently – and will also reduce any nasty and unexpected hits to your wallet down the track.
Have you used a brushless motor on any of your power tools before? Let me know what you thought of them in the comments below.
In the third and last of our miter saw reviews today, we have the 2734-20 cordless model from Milwaukee.
This model is introduced as the first in the 2734 line, which contains two models. It holds a brushless motor, which is a great addition – a feature that prolongs the use of the saw and increases the output without wearing down the internal components.
The capacity of this miter saw is also quite impressive – with 10” of room for you to work with – a specification that is seen often in corded models, yet not as common within the cordless class.
Effectively, you’ll be utilising everything you would be in a corded model – with an extra dimension for portability, a perfect inclusion for those on the go. What other specs and features can be found on this model? Let’s find out below.
- 10” bevel sliding miter saw, amongst the largest in the cordless class
- 2 x 12” horizontal cut capacity at 90°, 5-¼” vertical capacity nested crown
- Miter detent plate with 11 detent locations and a dual bevel with 9 detents and user-friendly bevel lever
- Carrying handles on both the top and side of the saw, an added tick for portability
- Shadow Cut line indicator for accurate cuts when lining up pieces
What’s In The Box?
- 1 x Milwaukee 2734-20 cordless miter saw
- 1 x Blade wrench
- 1 x Carbide tipped blade
- 1 x Dustbag
- 1 x Clamp
My Favorite Feature: 400 Cuts Per Charge
- At full charge, users can pinpoint exactly how many cuts they can make with the impressive battery
The Red Lithium battery pack is found across an array of Milwaukee models, and provided additional running time in both performance and power – as well as increased battery life.
With the Milwaukee 2734-20, you’ll know exactly how many cuts you can get out of one full charged battery – and that sits at 400 cuts. Of course, thicker and unique pieces of wood may require a little more power, yet this is completed quite easily with this model.
Combined with the brushless motor, you’ll have a cordless miter saw in your inventory that’ll last you many years of great service, and won’t fail in the performance category as the years’ pass.
Did I mention how brushless motors increase the performance and lifespan of your tool? It’s definitely an option you should be considered if these are some of the metrics you base your power tool purchases on.
My Final Thoughts
Three of the best cordless miter saws have been put under the microscope today, with each model containing unique features that will assist both the general DIYer and also the contractor moving constantly from site to site.
As it’s purely based on what you need and how you’ll be using it, it can be difficult to choose a clear winner, and it’s been quite difficult to do so in this situation.
Yet, I can’t go past the DeWalt DCS361B – perfect for transit with a total weight of 30 lbs, as well as a cross-cut positioning system to assist in making cuts, allowing for all experience levels to use the miter saw without an impossible learning curve. If you have additional DeWalt tools, you can also utilise your 20V batteries with this model – and it’s this accessibility I’m a big fan of.
What are your thoughts on these models? Whatever model you end up choosing – there’s one thing that’s certain, you won’t be disappointed.
Let me know what you’re planning to use your cordless miter saw for, it’ll be great to hear the uses our readers have for their tools.