In a recent Tools & Equipment forum, several contributors, including Connecticut remodeler Phil Herzegovitch, said they liked Ryobi’s A18MS01 miter-saw stand. Herzegovitch has now been using two of these stands for more than five years. The Ryobi stand is half the price of the DeWalt DWX723, and it’s about 17 inches shorter when folded up. The support arms are 3 ¹/2 feet shorter when fully extended. Made of steel rather than aluminum, the Ryobi weighs in at 42 pounds. This stand comes with stops and quick-release saw mounts.
Unlike the DeWalt, which has a support beam, the Ryobi uses two parallel 1 ¹/2-inch–diameter support tubes spaced 3 ¹/2 inches apart. That feature allows Herzegovitch to add a simple plywood work platform keyed with a 2x4 block that slips between the rails. A 1-by cleat locks the platform in place. The open design lets dust and...
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