Cordless rules the mini-mitersaw roost

- Produced by Bob Hunter with Steve Feeney

Although the corded saws perform well enough, we like several cordless models better. The Makita XSL02Z cuts longest and has the greatest cut capacities, but its $550 price tag doesn’t include the two required batteries or a charger. The Milwaukee 2733-21 actually outperform­s the Bosch GCM18V-08 on a cuts-per-amp-hour basis and bevels both ways. But Bosch betters the Milwaukee by 2" in width capacity and nearly 1⁄2" in thickness, and out of the box delivers more cuts. You can’t go wrong with any of these three, so they share Top Tool honors.

The DeWalt DCS361M1 earns Top Value honors thanks to very good performanc­e for at least $180 less than the Top Tools.

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