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Miter saw great for DIY projects

Versatility, power more than make up for high price

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If you're framing a new deck one weekend and then installing some intricate stain-grade crown molding the next, you might be wishing for one saw that could handle both those tasks -- and everything in-between. If so, then you don't need to look any further than one of the big and versatile 12-inch compound or sliding compound miter saws that are now on the market. Tough and powerful yet remarkably accurate, these saws can power through wet framing lumber or handle delicate cuts on fine trim. A compound miter saw is one that is capable of cutting a miter and a bevel on a piece of wood at the same time -- known as a compound cut -- making it perfect for anything from roof rafters to crown moldings. With a sliding compound miter saw, the head of the saw is mounted on single or dual rails to allow it to slide over the table, which increases its cutting capacity and adds the ability to cut overhead dados and rabbets. Several of the top tool manufacturers are now producing the...