Ryobi TSS102L, $200
800-525-2579, ryobitools.com High Points ▲At 36 pounds, this saw is easy to lift and carry. ▲Lowest price in the test group ▲Slide-out extension wings provide up to 151∕4" of workpiece support each side of the blade. ▲3-year warranty Low Points ▼This saw lacks the power of most saws in the test, but it works fine if you cut slower. ▼The miter detents were inaccurate with no way to adjust them. But the detent override lets you lock the saw just slightly off the detent angles to correct some inaccuracy. Changing angles was stiff and jerky, and tilting the saw was difficult as well. It tilts only to the left.
▼Short fences make it difficult to cut workpieces in positions other than lying flat on the table. ▼Adjusting the laser proves difficult because it’s located underneath the blade guard.
This saw has an adjustable depth stop (helpful for cutting dadoes), but no chop/crown stop. A single-trigger power switch can more easily (and possibly accidentally) activate the blade.