Best Mitre Saw - UK 2020

In this article we review, what we believe to be the best mitre saws, currently available on the UK marketplace. As the name would suggest, these are designed to be able to cut, and make mitre joints.

This is the type of joint that is used to join two pieces of material, to make a neat and tidy joint. Most commonly this saw is used when working with wood. You can use this type of mitred joint for picture framing corners, skirting boards and other furniture making purposes.

The beauty of owning a saw like this, is that it can also be used for normal straight cuts, made by something like a chop saw, or a circular saw. It can also be used for bevel joints. This is the type of joint used in dining or coffee tables, to prevent leaving sharp edges.

Now, these are slightly more expensive than a standard circular saw, but you can make a range of different joints. It is worth considering this, if you plan on doing a lot of woodworking projects.

If you just want something that can make straight cuts in wood, then a cheaper circular saw, would be a much better option.

If you are in a hurry, and don't have time to read this very long article, then the best mitre saw on the UK market right now is the Evolution Power Tools R210SMS+, which is available at Amazon UK.

- geoff magee

mitre saw

A typical mitre saw in action

Top 10 Mitre Saws - by Buyer Rating

Just below you will find a table, where we have placed our choices of mitre saws in order. The order we have used is the highest buyer rated first. In other words we have placed the saws in the order, of what buyers judged their quality to be.

The percentage score is the customer satisfaction rating marked out of 100. If you click on the product name, you can jump to a summary review of that product.

Mitre Saw Summary Reviews

Underneath, we have completed short and concise reviews, on these top 10 mitre saws. That way you can see at a glance, which one is the best choice for you.

Evolution Power Tools R210SMS+

96%

This is a 230 mm sliding mitre saw. the manufacturer has designed this to cut a variety of materials such as wood, mild steel, aluminium, plastic, etc that to the TCT blade. It is suitable for on-site use and is available in 230 V and 110 V.

It is a great choice for the home workshop, shed or garage. It can also be used in the trade for cutting copper pipe, plastic pipe, aluminium channel, cable tray, softwood such as skirting board, architraves, MDF, hard woods and more.

It uses a 210 mm blade diameter with a 25.4 mm bore diameter.

Pros

  • 96% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Precision cutting with laser guidance
  • 230 mm slide, 0-45 Degree bevel and 50-50 Degree mitre settings, covers all common cutting angles
  • Dust extraction facility
  • Keenly priced
  • 3 years manufacturers warranty

Cons

  • Its very hard to find any cons at all with this mitre saw. Possibly it's not suitable for 5 days a week professional use but otherwise its a great mitre saw at a great price

Dewalt DWS774-GB 216-mm 230V Slide Mitre Saw

94%

The Dewalt DWS774-GB slide mitre saw uses a 1400 Watt motor to provide 6300 blade rpm. It makes good use of the Dewalt XPS cross cut alignment system that also makes use of an excellent ultra-bright LED light. Buyers say that is casts a laser-like shadow on the work surface, showing the user precisely where the blade will come in contact with the material..

  • This saw has integrated positive mitre stops at 15°, 22.5°, 30°, 45°
  • Also has fixed left & right hand fences with measuring scale
  • Compact internal rail design for huge cutting capacity in a highly transportable format
  • Carry side handles for easy transportation

Pros

  • 94% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Buyers thought this was a top of the range mitre saw at a middle of the range price
  • Dust extraction facility
  • Powerful 1400 Watt motor providing up to 6300 blade rpm
  • Integrated positive mitre stops at 15°, 22.5°, 30°, 45

Cons

  • 2% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • A few buyers have recieved a faulty saw

Dewalt DCS365N-XJ XR 184 mm Mitre Saw

94%

This is an 18 Volt cordless saw option with a 184 mm blade. It can do around 250 cuts on a single charge which is impressive.
It uses XPS shadow line which works really well for your guidelines. It use a dual fence mechanism gives which supports larger material cuts at any angles. Also has a mitre angle adjustment system that provides accurate and consistent setting of mitre angles between 0 and 48 Degree right and left.

It is a compact and light saw with a cutting depth 0f 250 x 250 mm at 90 degrees.

Pros

  • 94% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Fully cordless mitre saw so totally portable
  • Very compact (dimensions: 490 x 590 x 590 mm) and weighs less than 12 kg
  • Extremely quite when running
  • Dust extraction adapter
  •  This is very keenly priced for a cordless mitre saw

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • Again the few complaint we found were due to a fault developing, though the Dewalt back up is second to none

VonHaus Sliding Mitre Saw

94%

This is one of the more affordable options for this type of saw. This model is a 210 mm saw that sslides. It has support bars for wider cuts and can do plus and minus mitre suts. For bevel edges and straight cuts, the mitre will cut to a maximum depth of 70mm.

It also has a laser guidance system and comes with a dust bag, allan wrench, a wood clamp and 2 extension bars.

Pros

  • 82% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • The huge majority of buyers said that compared to other brands, this one was exceptional value for money
  • Buyers said it was accurate and they particularly liked the laser
  • Buyers also said this model was easy to set up and easy to use 

Cons

  • 2% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • A couple of buyers said the dust bag doesn't hold a low of sawdust Incid

Evolution Power Tools R255SMS+

92%

The Evolution R255SMS+ 255 mm is available in 220-240 V and 110 V.

Like most of the Evolution saws this can cut a variety of materials such as wood, mild steel, aluminium, plastic, copper etc.

Has a a 300 x 80 mm cutting capacity

Comes with a TCT blade, dual dual quick release clamps, a slide rail protector , dust collection bag and dust port adaptor and has integrated carry handles

The power cable is 3 metres long

Pros

  • 77% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Buyers liked that it can quickly fold down and although still heavy, it is far easy doing it with this saw than trying to do it with other makes/models.
  • Buyers love the fact that one blade cuts all materials so no need for constant changing of blades.
  • Overall the majority said this was good value for money 

Cons

  • 4% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • A couple of buyers though the laser line was not that accurate
  • Some thought the accessories were poor quality

Bosch Professional GCM 8 SJL Sliding Mitre Saw

92%

This one is designed for the professionals, and the price tag matches that for sure. Many in the trade like the Bosch brand.

This model has a huge 312 mm horizontal cutting capacity, is lightweight at 17 kg and comes with an integrated laser for precise sawing, and side material pull-outs

A great choice for cutting large areas of laminate, parquet, decking and floor boards as well as for furniture construction parts.

Pros

  • 78% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • The majority of buyers said this is a highly accurate saw
  • Many trades people said this was great for cutting those larger boards quickly
  • A number of home owners bought this one to be their main saw

Cons

  • 5% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • A couple of buyers said they didn't like the new dust extraction system

Metabo KGS216M 216 mm Sliding Mitre Saw

92%

This is a 200mm (8") sliding mitre saw that comes with a carbide circular saw blade, 2 table length extensions, a workpiece clamp, a dust extraction adaptor and has a laser guide.

Pros

  • 78% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Buyers said they considered this model very good value for money 
  • Buyers said the build quality was good, can be used with a number of blades, and had a solid guarantee
  • Overall buyers thought it was good value for money 

Cons

  • 3% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • A couple of buyers said that the finish is poor 
  • Many buyers replaced the blade for a finer one

Makita LS0815FL Slide Compound Mitre Saw

90%

The Makita LS0815FL is a 216mm slide compound mitre saw with an integrated laser marker It also has an LED job light and a maximum mitre range of 45-60.

Has positive stops at 0, 15, 22.5, 31.6 and 45 which make mitre and repeat settings fast.

Uses linear ball bearings for smooth and precise sliding action.

Also has a soft start 1,400W motor provides the power which will run the blade up to 5,000rpm without load.

Pros

  • 76% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Buyers said this saw has lots of very useful features 
  • Buyers said this is a precision saw that does extremely accurate cuts
  • Buyers said it was very easy to set up 

Cons

  • 7% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • Some buyers said the switch is a poor design 
  • A couple of buyers said that the return doesn't accurately reflect zero

Evolution Power Tools R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw

90%

This is a basic compound mitre saw that can do 45 degree bevel or mitre cuts. This one sells a lot because of the lower price point.

This is compact at 260 x 393 x 381 mm when stored and has quick click mitre stops, an ambidextrous handle for left and right hand use, a top clamp and extendable fence and a 45 Degree bevel.

Comes with an R210-TCT multipurpose blade (24 teeth), with a 210 mm blade diameter and 25.4 mm bore diameter.

Pros

  • 75% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Buyers said this is a good choice if you don't have room for a larger sliding saw
  • Many buyers say they uses this saw to cut everything instead of a hand saw, or jigsaw as it is so fast
  • Buyers were surprised by just how compact this model really is 

Cons

  • 4% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • A few buyers said  it was not that robust 
  • A number of buyers said the blade doesnt last long enough

Einhell 1600W Compound Mitre Saw

85%

This saw has a few thousand online buyer reviews and for the price is really hard to beat for a good compound saw.

Has a rotating table for precise angle cuts, ranging -45 to +45
Maximum bevel cutting performance: Left 120 x 55 mm, right 80 x 32 mm
Somes with a work piece support and clamping device.

This is a 1600 W compound mitre saw with 5000 rpm cutting speed

Pros

  • 63% of all buyers give this saw a 5 star rating
  • Many buyers said that this saw is fantastic value for money
  • Most buyers said very easy to set up and even easier to use
  • Buyers said this was great for all the basic cuts 

Cons

  • 7% of all buyers gave this saw a bad review
  • A couple of buyers say it doesn't saw straight enough 
  • A few buyers said the dust collection bag is useless

Mitre Saw Buying Guide

What Types of Mitre Saw Are Available?

There are really only two options worth consideration. These are:

  • Compound
  • Sliding Compound

The compound allows you to do mitre, straight and bevel joints. The sliding compound, which is more expensive, allows you to do the same range of joints. The difference is that it can be used on wider and larger pieces of material as the blade can slide in and out.

That is simply down to the sliding mechanism. This mechanism extends the reach of the blade, and as such will allow you to cut wider widths of materials.

A good quality compound mitre saw (non-sliding) costs around £50-100 and a sliding version will set you back around £200-350. Without any hesitation, if you are going to spend money on a mitre saw, then just get a sliding compound one. You might pay extra, but it means you can do any type of mitre, bevel or compound cut, on most widths of timber.

Evolution is a very popular brand choice of mitre saw for UK buyers. You see a lot of these in many of the DIY shops, and in the leading tool stores. All the leading tool brands will have various models of these available.

We believe however, that the Evolution brand is a good quality product, at an affordable price. If you are a professional, then the better choice would be a Dewalt, Bosch or Makita saw.

When it comes to buying your own mitre saw, our strong advice is to buy a sliding one. Although the standard compound is a useful tool, the sliding one just opens up a whole range of cutting tasks.

Cutting longer and wider boards of wood is probably the most important of those. Consider items like wider skirting boards, or coving and you will get the jist of what I mean

What Types of Woodworking Cut Can a Mitre Saw Do?

If you are in doubt as to what cuts you can do with a mitre saw, then we have explained these just below.

  • Straight cross cut where you simply cut straight across the grain
  • Mitre Cut where an angle is created across the width of the board 
  • Bevel Cut - the angle goes through the thickness of the board 
  • Compound Cut - this is a combination of a mitre and a bevel cut

These cuts are explained in more detail in the video below.

Video - How to Use a Mitre Saw?

We found this useful video, which explains how to use a mitre saw properly. The chap explains all the important basics, and important features of using a mitre saw.

Important Features to Consider, When Buying a New Mitre Saw

If you plan on spending around £250-400 on a good quality mitre saw, then personally, we consider that to be a big investment. That said, if you plan on doing a big project or a house renovation, buying a mitre saw is a very good investment.

These saws when properly set up and used, can save you a fortune in time, and also avoid what would otherwise be a frustrating tasks. We have used these to build decks, shed foundations and shed construction, renovating rooms and other woodworking tasks.

If you own one of these, then they do the work of a circular saw, and much more besides. When you buy a sliding mitre saw, then you have a great and very useful power tool, at your disposal.

Mitre Saw Feature 1 - Sliding Mechanism

As we mentioned you can buy a standard compound mitre saw. Those are fine for doing the 4 cuts I mentioned above. However if you get a saw that slides, you can then cut wider and longer pieces of material.

That for me is invaluable, and makes the saw have much wider use. Most skirting for example is much deeper than it used to be. That means a normal compound mitre is just not wide enough to get through it.

Mitre Saw Feature 2 - Motor Power

In our opinion any saw, including mitre saws, are only as good as the motor that powers them. When you are putting material through a saw, you simply want it to cut quickly. That means a good blade, and more importantly, a good strong reliable motor to drive that blade around.

Now we know there are many things to consider, but this would be right at the top of our list. We like to see a motor size of 1,500 watts or bigger. That way we know it will have enough power, and will not put a lot of strain on the motor as well.

Smaller motors that are struggling when under stress, or through a lot of use, will simply burn out, and all you have left is an expensive useless saw.

Mitre Saw Feature 3 - The Blade

We could quite literally write books about buying blades for these saws. For most people a general multi-purpose blade will be enough. Evolution do these, and they are great as they allow you to cut plastic, wood, aluminium and even some of the lighter steels.

The good thing about a multi-purpose blade, is that it doesn't need to be changed, irrespective of the material being cut. That is a time saver.

mitre saw blade

For finer cuts, and especially on wood, then you may want to use a coarse blade for rougher cuts, and a finer blade for those precise cuts, where a neat finish is very important.

You can buy blades for your machine as a single blade, or in small packs of various sizes. Typically a single blade costs around £20 on average.

Teeth Per Inch (TPI)

You will hear this talked about quite a lot. This is how the coarseness or fineness of a blade is classified. An easy way to remember this, is the more teeth, the finer the cut.

Basic Feature Summary

So those are the very basics of what I think a good mitre saw should have. In summary, a sliding saw with a powerful motor and a good sharp, multi-purpose blade. Below we will now explain some of the other features, that are very useful to properly understand.

Safe Use of a Mitre Saw

If you have never used one of these saws before, then please watch the video above. There is a knack to using these so as you do not want to cut yourself or damage the wood you are cutting.

You have to learn to let the blade of the saw do all the work. If you find it really hard to cut then you are doing it wrong, it should be smooth and easy.

Mitre Saw Accessories

There are a few accessories that you can get for a mitre saw. We will show you what those are, and why they might be of benefit to you.

Mitre Saw Stands

mitre saw stand

From a personal experience, I well remember the day when I bought my first mitre saw and took it home. The plan was to put it in my garage, and from there I could do my work.

I had initially planned to bolt it down to a workbench so as it would be nice and solid. It was a very nice theory, but practically it was an awful idea. With a fixed mitre saw, you have to bring the work to the saw.

Not only does that waste time, but it also means you have to measure in a room, mark it and remember the cut required, and if you have any "doubts" then you have to go back and forwards to check everything.

I was fitting skirting in a bedroom, and it makes common sense to  be able to take the saw there.

The average price for a good basic mitre saw stand is £60-75 and trust me on this, just get one as it means you can use your saw anywhere. There are super versions of these with wheels and folding parts, but a basic one will do most users really well.

Because of the dust from this type of saw, it is always better to use it outside, unless you have a vacuum dust setup in your garage or workshop.

The main advantage though is that a mitre saw stand is like an extra pair of hands, when work with longer and wider pieces of wood.

Mitre Saw Dust Extractor

Mobile Dust Extractor

If you are going to be using any type of an electric saw on a regular basis, then buy some type of dust extractor system. If you are just doing a one off job, then my recommendation would be to do either one of two things:

  1. Do the work outside
  2. Use the dust bag that usually comes with these

I set up my own dust extractor in my garage as I do a fair amount of work in there. With electric saws, dust is heavy and there is lots of it. The dust bags that come with saws are OK, but not really effective.

For infrequent use they do a good enough job. It is probably better to do any cutting outside to avoid breathing in lots of dust. That is where a mitre saw stand comes in really handy.

Always wear a dust mask with any type of electric saw. Those are really cheap and stop your breathing in saw dust particles. A mask and a pair of goggles offer you great protection.

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