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),
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.