Wise Buys: Portable Mitersaw Stands
Why buy? Mitersaws work hard in the shop and on a job site. Mounting the saw to a portable stand makes moving between the two locations easier. We tested stands for stability, portability, ease of setup and breakdown, and durability. Features we like include quick-release saw mounts that accept any model of saw and make it easy to position the saw anywhere along the rails; stops for cutting stock to identical length; and work supports that don't sag.
I gave this sturdy stand a workout during the kitchen cabinet makeover in issue 196 (March 2010). I like the way the stand folds up with the saw attached to store on end, out of the way. That saved space for the homeowner when I finished for the day, and frees up usable square footage in a home shop. When it was time to work, the gas-strut-assisted lift helped raise the 94-lb. stand to working height.
Quick-release mounts let me position the saw anywhere along the rail, but the 9944 still comes up a bit short in cut capacity: Maximum distance to a stop is 5'6". To use a stop, you must raise the roller support, then lower it if the stop is no longer needed; not as handy as a flip-up stop. Those are my only gripes. The wide rail proved useful for corralling small parts or hand tools, the roller work supports don't sag, and the 12" wheels rolled over everything I put in their way, indoors and out.
-- Tested by Kevin Boyle, Senior Design Editor