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Shop-Tested: Cordless Mitersaws

In addition to our full comparison test of 10" sliding mitersaws, we put every other battery-powered mitersaw to the test. With blades ranging from 612 " to 12" and requiring one battery pack or two, these saws proved more capable than expected. They have the power to crosscut dense hardwoods, and the runtime to last a week or more in a woodshop, or a half day of heavy use.

Makita XSL02Z 712 " dual-compound sliding mitersaw, $540 (without charger or battery) (shown above)

  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 474
  Why buy: compact, lightweight (27 lbs), longest runtime, best blade, easy adjustments
  Two 18-volt 5.0 amp-hour battery packs and dual-port charger, $260 800-462-5482, makitatools.com

DeWalt DCS361M1 714 compound sliding mitersaw, $400

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  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 187
  Why buy: LED cutline indicator, easy adjustments
  Includes one 20-volt 5.0 amp-hour battery pack and charger
  Without charger or battery (DCS361B), $270 800-433-9258, dewalt.com

DeWalt DHS716AT2 12" dual-compound mitersaw, $650

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  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 365
  Why buy: large cut capacities, long runtime, LED cutline indicator, easy adjustments, electric adapter included
  Includes two 60-volt 6.0 amp-hour battery packs and dual-port charger
  Without charger or battery (DHS716AB), $450 800-433-9258, dewalt.com

DeWalt DHS790AT2 12" dual-compound sliding mitersaw, $800

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  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 335
  Why buy: largest cut capacities, long runtime, LED cutline indicator, easy adjustments, electric adapter included
  Includes two 60-volt 6.0 amp-hour battery packs and dual-port charger
  Without charger or battery (DHS790AB), $600 800-433-9258, dewalt.com

Makita XSL05Z 612 " compound mitersaw, $500 (without charger or battery)

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  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 312
  Why buy: compact and lightweight (14 lbs), best for small trim boards
  One 18-volt 5.0 amp-hour battery pack and dual-port charger, $160 800-462-5482, makitatools.com

Milwaukee 2733-21  714 " dual-compound sliding mitersaw, $500

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  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 333
  Why buy: long runtime, LED cutline indicator, easy adjustments
  Includes one 18-volt 5.0 amp-hour battery pack and charger
  Without charger or battery (2733-20), $400 800-729-3878, milwaukeetool.com

Ridgid R48607K 714 " dual-compound sliding mitersaw, $400

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  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 338
  Why buy: lowest-priced slider, long runtime
  Includes one 18-volt 5.0 amp-hour battery pack and charger 866-539-1710, ridgidpowertools.com

Ryobi P552  714 " compound mitersaw, $100 (without charger or battery)

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  2×4 crosscuts per charge: 176
  Why buy: good performer for the lowest price
  One 18-volt 4.0 amp-hour battery pack (P108), $99; charger (P117), $40 800-525-2579, ryobitools.com

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