Ry­obi P552 71∕4" com­pound miter­saw, $100 (with­out charger or bat­tery)


2×4 cross­cuts per charge: 176

Why buy: good per­former for the low­est price One 18-volt 4.0 amp-hour bat­tery pack (P108), $99; charger (P117),


800-525-2579, ry­obitools.com

Pre­ci­sion Router Lift, no. PRS5000, $300

Kreg re­ally hit a home run with this lift. For starters, its 91∕4×113∕4" alu­minum plate fits most router ta­bles on the mar­ket. And it ac­com­mo­dates ev­ery router mo­tor we tried—13 dif­fer­ent mod­els—with­out hav­ing to buy ex­tra adapters.

The 16-threads-per-inch (tpi) lead­screw en­ables smooth and fine bit-height ad­just­ment (1∕16" per turn) yet doesn’t take an an­noy­ingly long time to raise the mo­tor for above-the-ta­ble bit changes. Out of the box, it demon­strated al­most no back­lash in the screw mech­a­nism, but has an ad­juster to counter back­lash should it oc­cur. You lock the lift in po­si­tion from above the ta­ble with the same wrench you use for height ad­just­ments. And the ad­juster ring can be ze­roed for mi­cro-ad­just­ments as fine as .001".

Still, I wish the plate had lev­el­ing screws built into it, as well as “snug­ger” pins to make it fit tightly in the plate open­ing. It comes with three bit-open­ing re­duc­ing rings and wrench, and a starter pin.


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