Advantages of having a miter saw stand
Why should you buy a miter saw stand anyway? Here are the top benefits:
- Easy to cut long materials even at tricky angles.
- Portable models can fold away for easy storage and transportation.
- They offer excellent stability when cutting materials.
- Promotes precision when cutting as a result of a firm base.
Features to consider when choosing a miter saw stand
Every miter saw stand has a specified maximum weight that it can support. Most models including the DEWALT DWX726 and the Bosch T4B Gravity-Rise have a capacity of 300 pounds. These are good for mid-range projects but if you want to handle heavy jobs, then consider models that can handle up to 500 lbs such as the BORA Portamate PM-4000.
This has a direct impact on portability. A bulky model will be hard to maneuver. At the same time, if it’s longer, it does help in working with long materials. Some stands are compact and fold down effectively for easy transportation or storage. These can slot nicely in the trunk of a car without any issue but a longer model will need transport arrangements.
This is another portability factor that you have to consider.
Obviously, lighter models are easy to transport to and from the job site. However, an ultra-light stand may struggle with heavy materials and stability.
You also want to be clear on whether you will be moving the stand with the saw attached, since the miter saw will add to the overall weight.
On the other hand, you won’t mind the weight of the stand if you intend to install it in a single location long-term. Some construction materials are also heavier than others. Steel is the major culprit but it makes up for its weight with unmatched durability.
Basically, if you plan to take your tools from one job site to another, go for a portable model. If you’re going to leave it in the workshop every day, then there’s no problem in choosing a heavy stand.
Material length capacity
Many stands feature material supports that allow you to hold incredible lengths of material. The Bosch T4B Gravity-Rise leads the length capacities of all our models, thanks to an impressive 18-feet material length capacity. This, when combined with its load capacity of 300 lbs, means it can easily handle large projects involving oversized materials.
Rolling or stationary
This is where wheels come in. “Rolling” units have wheels that promote mobility within the job site and between jobs. Wheels are either pneumatic or rubber. The former require inflation and they roll smoothly on any terrain.
Rubber tires are solid and usually the best option on grounds that could pose puncture risks, and where the ride comfort isn’t a minor factor.
They are also maintenance-free.
Miter saw compatibility
Your stand ought to accept various miter saws – otherwise, it may be quite limiting to work with. At least all the models we’ve reviewed above offer this kind of versatility, so you can rest assured.
It’s an important thing to consider but as you would expect, manufacturers offer varying warranties. Of course, a 7-year warranty gives more assurance than a 1-year limited warranty. The brand may be an important consideration on this note as well, as the greater the warranty, the more confidence the manufacturer demonstrates in their product.
What type of stand should you buy?
Miter saw stands are available in five types and they all have distinct characteristics, pros and cons.
- Conventional miter stands are basically workbenches and have basic designs. The construction usually involves a pair of wooden sawhorses on either side with a robust wooden plank between them. These stands are incredibly heavy and they only make good stationary options. On the plus side, they are extremely sturdy and can hold up a massive amount of weight.
- Rail miter stands have four pull-out legs that come out of a horizontal rail, thus deriving their name from this characteristic. These stands can virtually be placed anywhere and the choice of placement can accommodate a variety of stands. They are also supplied with extensions to provide some extra length when needed.
- Table top miter stands simply offer a level surface for mounting your miter saw. They allow the use of different saws and sizes, giving users complete flexibility. The drawback of a table top stand comes from the fact that a saw has to be clamped to the top of a table, thus limiting mobility.
- Wheeled one-hand folding stands has all the desirable features plus a one-handed design. They are easy to set up and designed to fold down when needed, making them quite easy to transport. These are the best types to use between jobs.
- Compound stands typically comprise of a metal and plank build with two horse-style pairs of legs. They usually have a mix of conventional and contemporary configurations, and tend to be portable, sturdy and durable.