DeWalt DW717, $500
800-433-9258, dewalt.com High Points
▲Setting miter angles proved foolproof thanks to solid-locking detents and an easily read and calibrated scale. Bevel angles adjust and set almost as easily.
▲A tall fence and textured table and fence surfaces make it easy to securely hold and cut stock. ▲Comes with a 3-year warranty.
▼The chop/crown stop kept dropping from its upright “neutral” position, accidentally locking the saw forward of the fence.
▼The saw head slides stiffly on the rails, and we found the small knob that locks the saw’s position on the rails difficult to operate.
Removing the fence and screwing on a 2×12 as an auxiliary table adds 2" of crosscut capacity. A single-trigger power switch can more easily (and possibly accidentally) activate the blade.