When you want to use your miter saw a long way from a power outlet, it used to be the case that you would need to bring extra long extension cords along with you. If you’re at a jobsite, you also needed to ask around for a power outlet, and often invade people’s private space to get access to the outlet. Now, with cordless miter saws, this inconvenience is eliminated. So in this review, we’ll take a look at a sample of cordless miter saws on the market today to find our favorites.
List of the Best Cordless Miter Saws
The best cordless miter saws are:
- Makita XSL06PT 10 Inch Cordless Miter Saw
- Craftsman CMCS714M1 7-1/4″ Cordless Miter Saw Kit
- Dewalt DHS790AT2 12” Cordless Miter Saw Kit
- Milwaukee 2734-21HD 10 Inch Cordless Compound Miter Saw
- Dewalt DCS361B 7-1/4″ Cordless Miter Saw (Battery Not Included)
This information is shared as personal opinion for our situation only, and does not constitute professional advice to you – so make your choice wisely and if in doubt, consult your nearest gardening shop!
First, we’ll provide a comparison table, then under this we’ll do a detailed review of each product.
Cordless Miter Saws – Full Reviews
1. Craftsman CMCS714M1 7-1/4″ Cordless Miter Saw Kit
Our Rating: 9.5/10
The Craftsman CMCS714M1 is a good miter saw with a strong focus on portability. We feel it would work well alongside a more permanent workshop table or cabinet saw.
Weighing in at only 21.8 pounds, the Craftsman CMCS714M1 is easily unmatched when it comes to portability and ease of handling in this category. The side handles further enhance the portability of this tool as well.
While portability is a main selling point with this product, this is further boosted by a long lasting battery which can provide up to 584 cuts and should be more than enough to cover most users’ needs.
This tool is from a leading reputable brand and is a highly rated product. It’s also backed by a 3-year warranty which can help deliver peace of mind and user confidence with this product.
The only downside we have is that the portability means that this tool is lacking in some power and as a result, it may not hold up well against heavy-duty use.
For convenience, portability, and overall brand reputation, we feel that this is a good quality miter saw. We like that it is inexpensive enough to complement a more permanent workshop miter saw for when you’re out on the jobsite.
|Highly Rated: This is one of the highest rated cordless saws on the market.|
Long Lasting: A full battery charge can provide up to 584 cuts for long lasting use.
Lightweight: While some saws on this list are noticeably lightweight, this Craftsman product is easily unmatched when it comes to weight and portability.
Warranty: A 3-year warranty provides excellent support from a market leading brand.
|Power: For all the focus on portability and ease of use, this is not the most powerful saw in its class and will not be suited to some heavy-duty work.|
2. Makita XSL06PT 10 Inch Cordless Miter Saw
Our Rating: 9/10
The Makita XSL06PT is a high quality miter saw that offers precision, power, and ergonomic use without being restricted by a cord.
Firstly, the quality of work you can produce with this product is very good. Most buyers note that the precision of the cut is accurate right out of the box and when it comes to adjustments, the level of tolerance is impressively high meaning you can set an accurate cut regardless of the angle.
The automatic speed adjustment technology also allows for consistent cuts with a variety of different stocks.
While this may be a cordless tool allowing for additional portability and versatility, the weight (77 pounds) and overall size of the tool means that it might not be as easy to move around as what you’d initially expect.
Double bevel to the left and right, miters to the left and right, and an ergonomic sliding feature that makes this model compact enough to go flush against a wall all combined to provide a versatile and all in one saw.
We are impressed by the Makita XSL06PT. It is a cordless model whose performance can match that of a corded version, but maintains the versatility and portability in a cordless model. It’s hard to find many downsides to this product and we believe that it’s one of the best in class for a miter saw.
|Consistent Cuts: Automatic speed adjustment technology changes the speed of the blade during a cut for consistent and reliable cuts.|
Versatility: The dual bevel to the left and right, and left and right miter cuts, mean that this cordless saw is versatile in use.
Ergonomically Designed: The sliding feature on this saw has been ergonomically designed so that you can slide it flush against a wall for compact and convenient positioning.
|Heavy: This may be a cordless saw that’s well suited to portability however a weight of 77 pounds means that it’s not as easy to move around.|
3. Dewalt DHS790AT2 12” Cordless Miter Saw Kit
Our Rating: 9/10
The Dewalt DHS790AT2 is an impressively powerful miter saw in the cordless category and should last a full working day for both professional and hobbyist projects.
The power of this product is the most attractive part in our opinion. The 120V brushless motor provides ample power that also supports no-load speeds of 3,800 RPM for fast and efficient work.
The Flexvolt battery is capable of 310 cross cuts whilst the option to use an AC adaptor to power it from the mains means that many people should be able to do a full day’s work with no issues or downtime.
This particular model is also impressively lightweight, weighing only 56 pounds. This means this saw is easily portable and well suited to jobsite use.
Despite a focus on power, we still feel there’s a good focus on accuracy right out of the box in this model. The cutline blade positioning system allows for consistent and repeatable cuts with noticeable accuracy.
Overall, this is a unique and innovative saw that is well suited to either jobsite use due to its lightweight and portability or as a permanent fixture in a workshop. The only thing we’d add to that is that you’ll need some spare budget to afford this product as it’s definitely premium priced and may not be suited to most weekend DIY enthusiasts.
|Dual Power: This saw has the functionality to operate cordless for jobsite use or you can use a cord to power it for a more permanent fixture in your workshop.|
Midweight: A midweight model weighing in at 56 pounds. This still makes it decent for portability and jobsite use (especially when utilized with the cordless capability).
Long Lasting: The powerful 120V brushless motor will operate with a long run time and most users get a full day of work out of a single charge.
|Price: This is a premium priced product that might not be a great option for a lot of budgets. This is geared more towards professional, contractor use.|
Power Cord: The additional feature to operate this saw via an AC requires additional parts and is therefore an additional expense to make use of this feature.
4. Milwaukee 2734-21HD 10 Inch Cordless Compound Miter Saw
Our Rating: 8.5/10
The Milwaukee 2734-21HD is a miter saw that provides power, and does so in an efficient and easy to operate way.
Firstly, the brushless POWERSTATE motor has been specifically designed to replicate the power of a corded miter saw. The 9.0 Ah battery has also been designed to be long lasting and provides up to 400 cuts.
Efficiency is key with this product, both the miter and the dual bevel have detent locations which allow for both accurate and fast changes for every cut. The shadow line guide also helps to provide a precise cut and the detent override allows users to dial in on ultra-fine levels of accuracy.
One thing we did notice is that this product in general doesn’t have very many reviews online and some of the other miter saws on this list are clearly more popular and rated by the general public.
This product is about as close as you can get to a corded miter saw and runs very well. Overall we feel this is a miter saw that is well designed to be easy to use.
|Powerful: The POWERSTATE brushless motor has been designed to provide just as much power as a corded version.|
Efficient: 11 detent locations for the miter and 9 detents for the dual bevel mean that users can make fast and accurate adjustments with ease.
Warranty: A 5-year warranty is unmatched by any other brand on this list and is a good testament to the quality of the product.
|Shipping: Some users have had issues with shipping for this model with parts either being missing or damaged. |
Popularity: There are some models on this list that are noticeably more popular and as a result have more customer/user reviews online.
5. Dewalt DCS361B 7-1/4″ Cordless Miter Saw (Battery Not Included)
Our Rating: 8/10
If you are an experienced woodworker then you will be able to appreciate the detail that the Dewalt DCS361B gives to making accurate miter cuts effortless and fast which is something well suited to both beginner and professionals alike.
What we really like about this product is the accuracy it affords. While a lot of miter saws from reputable brands will be accurate, the DCS361B helps the user make accurate cuts with ease.
This is thanks to the miter detent plate with 11 positive stops and an oversized bevel scale which allows users to quickly make adjustments that should always be accurate.
While the saw is a good quality product, you’ll find that Dewalt has included an ultra-sharp carbide blade (ideal for miter cuts) with this product and it’s a significant upgrade on typical factory stock blades.
If we were looking for a heavy-duty miter saw, however, then the smaller blade and single bevel functionality means that this tool would not meet those needs for us.
Overall, we feel this is a very solid product that makes producing accurate miter and cross cuts effortless. It’s not designed to meet all needs though and it’s also worth pointing out that you will need to purchase a battery separately to operate this tool.
|Accurate: 11 positive stops and an oversized bevel scale make it easy to quickly produce accurate cuts.|
Carbide Blade: This saw comes with an ultra-sharp carbide blade which is a significant upgrade on typical factory stock blades.
Indicator: The shadow light indicator works much better than a laser guide and allows for much more precise work during use.
|Tool Only: This tool only model does not come with a battery included which will increase initial cost.|
Versatility: The single bevel and smaller blade make this saw much less versatile than some of the others on the list.
Who Needs a Cordless Miter Saw?
Cordless miter saws are increasingly popular among contractors who need to bring their miter saws with them to the jobsite. Today, miter saws are getting light – very light. You can get them at weights as low as 22 lbs, allowing for easy transportation. And with new lightweight aluminum miter saw stands, a contractor can easily take their tools to and from the jobsite.
But many hobbyists also choose to go with cordless models. They eliminate the hassle of having to keep your saw connected to a power outlet, and when you’re in a shed that’s not got power directly to it, it saves having to run extension cords from your house to your shed.
But there’s a key downside: when your battery runs out of charge, you’re in trouble! So you either need to have multiple batteries, with one always on charge, or keep in mind that you’ll have a limited number of cuts in your day.
What we Look for in a Cordless Miter Saw
Battery Life Span
You’ll often find batteries are advertised as being able to perform a certain amount of cuts per charge. For example, the Craftsman CMCS714M1 is advertised as coming with a battery that can do 584 cuts per charge. We’re generally skeptical of such claims. For a start, different types (and thicknesses) of lumber will cause differing levels of load on the motor. In turn, this will affect how many cuts you can get from a single charge.
But moreover, a battery will lose its ability to hold charge over time. And this is where we feel there’s a lot of room for improvement in this product category still. Before long, you start thinking about getting a new battery to achieve that sweet power you used to get when it was new.
Battery Brand Name
If you already own a battery operated power tool (such as a cordless table saw or cordless band saw), it’s worth checking out the miter saw from that same brand. This is because most brands now have their own line of batteries that can be interchangeably used across their range of cordless tools. This makes it great for simplicity of use, and means you can start collecting multiple batteries that you can tag team so you’ve always got a few on charge while another’s in use.
Prices in this product category vary, but generally fit within the $300 to $800 range.
It’s important to also take a look to see exactly what you’re getting. Some miter saws are sold without the battery – and a new battery will cost upwards of $80 – $120 on top of the sale price. You might also have to get a battery from that specific brand to ensure it’s compatible with the miter saw, so call us cynical, but selling the products separately sounds like a way to ensure you’re a repeat customer for their brand.
A long warranty is a sign the brand backs their product. In this category, we’ve seen warranties anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. We’d be cautious to check what you’re getting in the warranty though. The batteries often aren’t covered. Similarly, the warranty may only cover home workshop use, and a shorter warranty may exist for professional use, if at all.
Dual Compound Bevel
A compound miter saw is a miter saw that allows for miter and bevel cuts simultaneously, giving maximum range of angles for any cut. When doing complex joinery work, this comes in handy. Table saws were all left-bevel only once. But with the emergence of dual bevel, life has been made that tiny bit easier for users. Left-bevel saws require you to be flipping your lumber if you need to get an angled cut that runs left-to-right across your piece. So, dual bevel compound miter saws help overcome this by beveling to the left and right – usually from -45 to +45 degrees. While it’s not a deal breaker for us, we do really appreciate a dual bevel compound miter saw.
A sliding miter saw allows you to pull the head of the saw back and forth to allow for wider cuts. The saw sits on a rail that runs forward and backward from where you are standing. Pull the head toward you before dropping the saw, then once the saw is lowered, push it back through the lumber. Sliding miter saws are particularly useful when you have a small blade because they allow you to get more width out of your blade.
One downside of a sliding miter saw is that it often requires more space for the saw on a bench or miter table. There are now models that use robotic arms that help minimize this inconvenience by folding in on themselves rather than pushing back and taking up extra work space. There’s definitely division in the community about how effective these are, though.
It’s not easy to find the right cordless miter saw for your circumstances. This review of the best cordless miter saws has provided some examples and our ratings of them for our personal circumstances. Personally, we’re quite bullish on the Makita XSL06PT for ourselves. We like its light weight, great warranty, and long charge. Of course, none of this constitutes advice – professional or otherwise – for you or your circumstances, so do your own due diligence and consult a professional.
We hope this general information has been useful though as you go about searching for the best cordless miter saw!
Simon & Chris