Milwaukee 2734-21HD, $600
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.
Buy it without a battery pack (model 2734-20) for $500.