Wise Buys: Portable Mitersaw Stands
HTC portamate PM7000
Although the most expensive of the tested models, the PM7000 adds several nice features. Up front is a built-in power strip -- handy for plugging in multiple tools and the included worklight. Also standard is a vise I'd rate as medium-duty. (In addition, Portamate sells an accessory router tabletop with fence for about $125, and extra quick-release mounts for $25 per pair for mounting benchtop tools.)
The legs brace the stand well, and the front legs sport a pair of fold-up brackets that hold a workpiece while you set up the saw or cut another piece. A small storage compartment in the brace under the rail holds pencils, but not much more. I found the plastic 8"-diameter wheels adequate, but too small and narrow for easy rolling over a rough job site. I also wish the handle was easier to grab when the stand is collapsed.
-- Tested by Jeff Mertz, Design Editor
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