Best 12-inch Miter Saw Reviews 2020

Deckbuilding and miters saws are a perfect match up of a tool to a project. When I was approached about doing a comparative best 12-inch compound miter saw review I couldn’t think of better timing. Finding the best 12-inch miter saw requires testing many different tools at once. My comparison review coincided with a renovation of two side-by-side 1920’s bungalow-style homes. Both feature full-width front and back porches and all four had seen better times. The project required complete demolition and rebuild. Between that and the eventual trim-out—I had LOTS of cutting in my future!

My new porch design for these homes departed slightly from the original framing. That consisted primarily of 2×6 members with tongue and groove porch flooring. To meet the current Florida hurricane codes, I had to beef things up slightly. I chose 2×8 framing members and larger timbers for the columns and railing posts. Needless to say, I had plenty of cutting planned for these seven saws. Pros: Compact size, Integrated expanding table extensions, Easy access side bevel level
Cons: Clunky thumb-activated trigger safety, No crown bevel detent
The Bosch GCM12SD Axial Glide miter saw has a lot of great features that make it an easy top pick. The axial glide mechanism makes these the smoothest gliding miter saws we’ve ever used. Even years after its initial launch, we still haven’t used a smoother saw. For something close, check out the 10-inch Delta Cruzer miter saw.

The 12-inch Bosch Axial Glide saw cuts in a more compact manner than most, yet it allows some of the tallest cuts. You can burrow right through 6-1/2″ tall material held up against the fence.

We love the front-mounted bevel adjustments—among the easiest to set in the industry. They don’t force you to reach behind the saw. We also really like the integrated table extensions that expand easily out of the base from both sides.