Working as a trim carpenter, finishing custom single-family homes and luxury condominiums in Stowe, Vt., I give my sliding compound miter saw a daily workout. The finish work I do includes elaborate trim and custom cabinetry, so the ability to make accurate compound cuts on wide material is a necessity for me.

The newer 12-inch compound slide saws will cut just about anything I need them to. I bought a DeWalt model DW 708 about three years ago, and I like it. Its belt-driven design allows greater bevel capacity, especially to the right, because the saw motor isn't in the way.

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