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Freud TR215 8-1/2-Inch Sliding Compound Miter saw

Read Full Specifications Freud's 8-1/2-inch sliding compound miter saw is a reliable and reasonably priced saw that smoothly cuts wide stock. That said, people accustomed to other miter saws might find some of Freud's design characteristics to be less than user-friendly. This saw has a two-piece blade guard more like those found on radial-arm saws, and the two-button thumb switch is difficult to operate and a little annoying when trying to make repeated cuts. Making miter adjustments requires flipping a lever over to get out of the detent and then loosening a butterfly-type screw to release the table--another unique setup that could use improvement. But, despite these less-than-ideal features, this saw does make clean and accurate cuts and comes with an excellent Freud blade. It is solidly constructed, has a powerful motor, and should last a long time. For homeowners and do-it-yourselfers wanting the horizontal cutting capacity of a sliding compound miter saw, this is the most affordable way to go. Professionals may want to consider other models to avoid the extra labor resulting from this saw's design. --Brian Trinen

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Freud TR215 8-1/2-Inch Sliding Compound Miter saw