Makita’s 8 1/2 inch slide compound miter saw (LS0815F) is light (31 pounds) and features a direct-drive 10.5 amp soft-start motor and linear ball bearings. The saw crosscuts 12 inches at 90 degrees and 8 1/2 inches at 45 degrees; it miters 50 degrees left and 60 degrees right, with multiple positive stops on both sides. $349 with carbide-tipped blade.

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