Milwaukee 2734-21HD, $600

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800-729-3878, mil­wau­kee­tool.com High Points ▲Pow­ered by a sin­gle 18-volt, 5-amp-hour bat­tery pack, this saw av­er­aged 126 cross­cuts per charge in 2×4 pine. ▲Light­weight (45 pounds) and easy to carry with top or side han­dles. It’s sur­pris­ingly com­pact for its many ca­pa­bil­i­ties and solid build. ▲It has an easy-to-read and -cal­i­brate miter scale, and the bevel lock is lo­cated on top of the saw for easy ac­cess. ▲Blade changes were eas­i­est on this saw be­cause the blade guard stays re­tracted with­out loos­en­ing any screws. ▲We found the LED cut­line in­di­ca­tor more re­li­able than the lasers on other saws. ▲A tall fence and tex­tured ta­ble and fence sur­faces make it easy to se­curely hold and cut stock. ▲5-year war­ranty Low Points ▼The small pin that locks the saw into chop/crown mode, lo­cated be­neath the throat plate, was prone to get­ting jammed with saw­dust. ▼Its stiff spring re­quired the most ef­fort to plunge the saw.

▼The dust port is lo­cated too far from the blade to ef­fec­tively cap­ture dust.

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Buy it with­out a bat­tery pack (model 2734-20) for $500.

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