DeWalt DW717, $500

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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.

Low Points

▼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.

More Points

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.

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