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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.

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Ridgid AC9944

Ridgid AC9944

Editor test-drive:

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


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dadsboyjoe wrote:

I admired this stand at a local farm store, after it being in the store for about two years they put it on clearence. I bought it for $95 plus tax, it had the vise and everything. I love it I am partially disabled and I can still maneuver it. I would like to trade the single wheel for the new wo wheel set-up, but I use it like it is till I can find a set. I would recommend this stand to anyone.

3/7/2013 03:35:50 PM Report Abuse
AgMan05 wrote:

Have had this stand for four years now, strong and steady. Would get this again in a heart beat. When you need to fold it up its a breeze and if you just need to move it around and don't want to fold it up, it moves with ease with the wheels.

3/7/2013 10:00:51 AM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

I have a Craftsman version of this. It's very much like the Dewalt (and probably is in reality). It can be a bit of a chore to wrestle with but it works great. I couldn't do without it.

1/19/2012 10:30:12 PM Report Abuse
woodclaver wrote:

I want to hear a report about the stand that uses your foot to clamp something up!

1/12/2012 12:37:46 PM Report Abuse
mgwalsh1 wrote:

It's a great stand, steady and reliable however it's not as easy as the notes indicate to move the saw in order to take advantage of the stops. I have the 12" compound mitre saw and it is a heavy beast; too heavy to move on a whim. The saw and stand are a great combination.

1/12/2012 10:54:23 AM Report Abuse

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