The Best Mitre Saws For Precision Cutting

For those striving for perfection in crosscuts and angles, our handpicked selection of mitre saws offers the precision you require..
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Mitre saws (often referred to as chop saws) are the best tool to use to make quick but accurate crosscuts at selected angles or bevels. Depending upon your requirements, most can be easily mounted to a bench, table or leg stand to provide extra stability and precision.

Compared to a table saw, although both use a rotating circular blade, table saws are more of a general-purpose cutting tool whereas mitre saws specialise in crosscuts and angular cuts.

To assist you in selecting a mitre saw, our handpicked selection lists top-performing models, chosen based on our first-hand experience cutting wood at various angles and bevels. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

DEWALT DCS365N-XJ Cordless Mitre Saw
Best Overall: DEWALT DCS365N-XJ Cordless Mitre Saw
Evolution 3-DB Compound Mitre Saw
Best All-Rounder: Evolution 3-DB Compound Mitre Saw
Best For Performance: Bosch Professional GCM 8 SJL Sliding Mitre Saw
Makita LS0815FLN Sliding Mitre Saw
Best Quality: Makita LS0815FLN Sliding Mitre Saw
Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw
Best Budget: Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw
Einhell TC-MS 2112 Compound Mitre Saw
Best Budget Runner-Up: Einhell TC-MS 2112 Chop Saw

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Mitre Saws

From cutting skirting board (wood and MDF) to decking, over the years we’ve tried and tested a wide range of chop saws. This is primarily because we own multiple properties (Airbnb’s and rentals) and we find ourselves continually requiring the use of the saw and it has certainly paid for itself several times over. Therefore, we feel that we have plenty of experience to base our recommendations on within this article.
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In terms of the mitre saws we use regularly, we’ve owned the Evolution DB-3 for a few years now but we recently upgraded to the DEWALT saw as shown in the photo. Our most recent use of it was to cut skirting board and architrave and we were very impressed with how easy it was to use.

However, to keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest mitre saws (for this article), we are upgrading our current saws to the latest offerings each year.

The photos below display the latest mitre saws we’ve tested at DIY Works and each is recommended within our roundup above.

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During our testing, we mostly used the chop saws to cut skirting board, architrave, decking, laminate flooring and similar materials. We also asked for input from multiple carpenters that we hire for renovations on their thoughts too.

As well as our extensive testing and experience of using multiple mitre saws, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and a number of factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the mitre saw’s cutting capacity, build quality, ease of use, no load speed, saw blade, weight, warranty and value for the money.

The Best Mitre Saws

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1. Best Overall: DEWALT DCS365N-XJ Cordless Mitre Saw

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The DEWALT DCS365N-XJ is a premium cordless mitre saw that allows you to work freely without being restricted by a power cord. According to the brand, per full charge, you are able to perform up to 250 cuts before recharging. However, if you come close to running low, it’ll remind you with a flashing light once it requires recharging.

In terms of the mitre angle adjustment system that it uses, the saw provides accurate settings of mitre angles between 0 and 60° right and 0 and 50° left.

Pros
  • 40 tooth saw blade (184 x 16 mm in size)
  • Performs up to 250 cuts per charge
  • Dual fence mechanism for extra stability
  • Highly portable and weighs just 11.5 KG
  • Cuts wood, aluminium and many other materials
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup (when you include the cost of a battery)

Although expensive, the DEWALT DCS365N-XJ is the ultimate cordless mitre saw that’s lightweight, easy to use and able to be used anywhere without requiring a power supply. Unlike some of the cheaper alternatives, the battery provides far greater charge and the saw is backed by the reputable DEWALT brand.

2. Best All-Rounder: Evolution 3-DB Compound Mitre Saw

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The Evolution Power Tools 3-DB is a highly rated compound mitre saw that’s available for both site or domestic use (110V/220V). According to the brand, it’s able to cut through a range of materials such as mild steel, non-ferrous metals, wood, plastic and so much more.

If you need to make multiple matching cuts for pieces such as crown mouldings, this mitre saw has a double bevel facility. This prevents the need to re-adjust the workpiece and it allows you to perform cuts much faster.

Pros
  • 255 mm multi-purpose blade with 28 teeth
  • Double bevel facility
  • Laser guidance for maximum accuracy
  • Large 320 mm slide mechanism
  • Easily adjustable cutting depth stop
  • Comes with multiple accessories
  • Backed by a three year warranty
Cons
  • Not as high quality as the premium alternatives

Compared to other saws within a similar price bracket, the Evolution 3-DB is by far the best sliding mitre saw for the money. It’s able to accurately cut through a range of materials using its laser guidance and it’s also backed by an impressive three year warranty for complete peace of mind.

3. Best For Performance: Bosch Professional GCM 8 SJL Sliding Mitre Saw

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The Bosch GCM 8 SJL is a professional sliding mitre saw that can be taken from job to job thanks to its lightweight and compact design. This particular model is the brand’s new and improved model and it offers 100 watts more power when compared to its predecessor. In terms of its cutting capabilities, it’s able to effortlessly cut through laminate, parquet, decking, floorboards and a range of other materials.

Pros
  • Powerful 1,600 watt motor
  • Lightweight at just 17.3 KG
  • Horizontal cutting capacity of 312 mm
  • Highly portable with an ergonomic carrying handle
  • Blade spins at 5,500 RPM
  • Integrated laser for precise sawing
  • Improved dust management system
  • Available as a 110 or 240V option
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

Overall, it’s a high-quality mitre saw that’s backed by the reputable Bosch brand and it won’t disappoint. Whether you are cutting wood or cable ducts, the new and improved GCM 8 SJL cleanly and quickly cuts with maximum precision.

4. Best Quality: Makita LS0815FLN Sliding Mitre Saw

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Makita is a much-loved brand among professionals and DIY enthusiasts and they’re well known for their high-quality power tools. This mitre saw in particular is a great example of that reputation and it comes as a complete set that includes the saw and stand. In order to maximize its cutting accuracy, it has a built-in laser guide as well as a LED job light so that you have a clear vision of the cut.

Pros
  • Lightweight (14.5 KG) and portable with a soft grip handle
  • Blade diameter of 216 mm
  • Soft start 1,400 watt electric motor
  • Positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6, 45°
  • 2.5 metre long power cord
  • No-load speed of 5,000 RPM
  • Comes as a complete kit and a dedicated stand
Cons
  • Most expensive mitre saw within our roundup

Apart from the premium price, the Makita LS0815FLN is an excellent all-round mitre saw that’s powerful yet lightweight. It’s been built to last and has intuitive design qualities such as the twin steel bars with linear ball bearings that provide a smooth and precise sliding action.

5. Best Budget: Evolution R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw

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Another compound mitre saw by Evolution Power Tools is the R210CMS model, which is designed for those on a tight budget. It’s suitable for cutting wood, steel, aluminium and an array of other materials thanks to its a 24 teeth, 210 mm multi-purpose blade. As with the alternative Evolution mitre saws, this model is also available as a 110 or 230V option, which allows it to be used within site or domestic applications.

Pros
  • Multi-purpose 210 mm blade
  • Cuts through steel, aluminium and wood
  • Highly portable design
  • Quick click mitre stops
  • Available as a 110 or 230V option
  • Powerful 1,500 watt motor
Cons
  • During testing, we found that it needed a lot of adjustment to get a square cut

Overall, the Evolution R210CMS is by far the best budget mitre saw that’s actually worth buying. Compared to similar priced alternatives, it’s built to a much higher standard and it has the performance to match.

6. Best Budget Runner-Up: Einhell TC-MS 2112 Chop Saw

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Einhell is a brand that’s gaining a lot of traction for its high-quality yet affordable power tools and their latest mitre saw is a great example. It has a 1,600W electric motor that provides a cutting speed of 5,000 RPM and thanks to its 48-piece teeth blade, it’s ideal for making crosscuts on a range of materials too.

A great feature that we liked during testing was the fact that it’s equipped with workpiece supports on both sides. The benefit of this is that when you are working on long materials (i.e. skirting board), you have extra support for precise cuts.

Pros
  • Desirable angle scales on the head and table
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Easy to transport with an integrated carrying handle
  • Chip collection sack to reduce debris and dust buildup
  • Quick access to the saw blade (when it needs to be replaced)
  • Workpiece support on both sides
Cons
  • Very basic machine in terms of its functionality

Considering the low price tag of the Einhell TC-MS 2112, you really can’t go wrong and it’s a great budget chop saw. From cutting up decking to skirting board, it’ll certainly power through the cuts just like the more expensive alternatives.

Conclusion

The use of a mitre saw is ideal for when you need to make multiple cuts from a variety of angles. Whether you are building your own shed or replacing broken decking, mitre saws are the perfect tool for the job.

All of our recommendations are suited to a range of budgets and are produced by the best brands in the UK. However, to avoid disappointment, we advise that you buy from a reputable brand that’s known for their saws or other power tools.

If you require further information regarding any of our chop saw recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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