Evolution RAGE 3 Sliding Miter Saw Review
The Evolution Rage series of saws are designed with the professional in mind. They’re built to last and they have been tested to work flawlessly over and over again. The design was based on years of experience working with commercial saws and after many prototypes, revisions, testing, and improvements it’s finally here!
The new Rage 3 Series is the latest iteration from Evolution. These saws feature a new patented design called the “Sliding Miter System”. It allows the saw to cut multiple pieces at once without having to stop or change blades.
In addition to being able to cut multiple boards at once, these saws are also quieter than their predecessors and have improved ergonomics. The Rage 3 series has a new handle design which makes them easier to use and operate. There is also a new blade guard for better protection against cuts and scrapes.
These saws are manufactured in China by the same company that manufactures all other Evolution products. Since this is a Chinese made product, there may be some slight differences between the two versions. However, these differences will not affect performance or durability so if you’ve bought one before then you’ll be just fine!
The Evolution Rage 3-1/4 HP has a 3.25 horsepower induction motor and is capable of cutting through softwoods such as pine, redwood, cedar, and fir with ease. The 4.5 amp blade will help you cut through hardwoods such as oak, ash, maple, and birch.
It can also be used for cutting PVC, vinyl, and fiberglass.
This saw comes with a few different blades to help you get started. They are as follows:
A- 7 1/4″ Carbide Tooth Saw Blade
B- 10″ 50 Tooth Thin Kerf Cross Cut Saw Blade
C- 10″ 60 Tooth ATB Spiral Cutter
D- 10″ 80 Tooth ATB Fine Finish Cross Cut
E- 10″ 80 Tooth ATB Fine Finish Cross Cut
F- 8 1/2″ Universal Profile Fine Finish Rip
The saw also comes with a dust bag and an extension wing for easier reach. The handle is made of anti-vibration material to keep the saw from becoming too uncomfortable to use after extended periods of use. This model does not come with rafter hooks, but you can buy them separately.
In conclusion, the Evolution Rage 3-1/4 HP is a great choice for hobbyists and professionals alike. It allows for a lot of different cuts and comes at a very reasonable price. It’s sure to last you a long time with proper maintenance and care.
There are many people that have bought this miter saw and they have had great things to say about it. This is one of the best selling models that we currently have available, so we highly recommend it.
Things We Liked Has a large 12″ cutting capacity
Cut up to 3 1/4″ thick
Can be used for both cross cutting and bevel cuts
Very lightweight at only 30 lbs.
Things We Didn’t Like The laser isn’t the best quality
Some people have had issues with the saw getting jammed up with dust and wood chips after extended use.
DEWALT DWS780 12-Inch Double Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw
The DEWALT DWS780 is made by DEWALT, a company that has long been known for producing high quality power tools. This particular model was designed in part by two former Black & Decker engineers who have combined their years of experience in the industry to make this one of the best miter saws available on the market today.
This saw has an impressive 12-inch blade that can be used for both cross cutting and bevel cuts up to 48 degrees to the left or right. It also has a laser guide, something that Dewalt is known for, and it helps you to cut straight every time.
This saw features a unique pivot system that allows you to work with larger pieces of material more easily than its competitors. It also has an easy to read scale that allows you to adjust the angle of the blade with precision.
This model is fairly lightweight, which makes it easy to transport from one worksite to another and the handles on either side make for easy carrying. The material that the outer casing is made of is sturdy yet lightweight, ensuring that it won’t weigh you down when you have to move from one place to another.
The bevel capacity is one of the main things that set this model apart from the rest. It can make bevel cuts up to 48 degrees to the right and 48 degrees to the left. This model also has the capacity to cut material that is up to 12 inches wide which is one of the widest capacities on the market today.
Another impressive feature is the sliding rail, or carriage, that allows you to make long cuts without having to continually reposition your material. This is especially useful when you are trying to make long cuts with material that is 12 inches wide or more.
This model comes with two different blade guards, a standard blade guard and a riving knife. The riving knife helps to prevent small pieces of wood from getting stuck between the blade and the fence when you are making your bevel cuts.
The bevel adjustment knob is easy to read and it features an integrated bubble level so that you can ensure that your cuts are accurate from 0 to 60 degrees.
The dust collection system has a 4-inch port at the base of the column for hooking up to a shop vacuum and two vents on either side of the base that help to keep the column free ofdust and debris.
Things We Liked The 4-inch dust collection port is one of the largest on the market.
The easy to read bevel indicator.
The riving knife and blade guard will help to prevent kickback.
The dust collection system is very effective.
Things We Didn’t Like Some users have complained that the scale is difficult to see when you’ve got dust and debris on it.
The bevel adjustment knob does not have a level to indicate when the blade is level with the table.
DEWALT is known for their innovative designs and this sliding miter saw is no exception. This is one of the best miter saws on the market today and it has everything that the typical homeowner or professional tradesman could need when making crosscuts or bevel cuts.
5. Hitachi C12RSH2 12-Inch Dual Bevel Sliding Compound Miter Saw Review
This saw is a little more expensive than the other miter saws that we have reviewed so far, but it has some innovative features that make it well worth the price. It has a long list of positive Amazon reviews and most of the customers who left reviews were professional tradesmen.
One of the first things that you will notice about this model is the oversized balanced handle that makes it easier to make smoother cuts. The handle can also be easily folded down for storage purposes or for making wider bevel cuts.
This model also has an adjustable rear fence with multiple stops which makes it easy to line up your cuts quickly and with precision. The positive stops go from 0 to 45 degrees in both the left and right directions.
It can also be set to a spacious 52.5 degrees to the right or left for making miter cuts. This model is loaded with other features as well, such as:
A dual range (0-45 deg/left & 45 deg/right and 0-52.5 deg/left & 52.5 deg/right ) bevel adjustment knob for easy angle setting.
Backlit detents that make it easy to see your desired angle settings even in dark or dimly lit areas.
A patented spiral design blade for smooth and accurate cuts.
A Three-pin adjustable rack and pinion fence system that helps prevent blade movement during a cut for more precision.
Things We Liked The quick release button for quickly changing out the blades.
The ability to fold down the handle for increased storage space.
The sawdust collection tray makes cleanup easy.
The wide adjustable rear fence is great for setting precise bevel cuts.
Things We Didn’t Like The bevel scale is not always accurate.
The 12-inch blade is on the smaller side for larger projects.
6. Hitachi C12RSH Cast Iron Sliding Miter Saw Review
If you are looking for a miter saw that is going to last for years before needing repairs (or if it ever needs repairs at all) then this is one of the models that should be at the top of your list. It has a lot of great features and is made using heavy duty cast iron which helps to reduce vibration.
The blade is also made using hardened steel which makes it very durable.
This saw has a 12-inch blade that can be adjusted to make both crosscuts and bevel cuts at a 50 degree angle. The detents on the blade are easy to see even in low light thanks to the large red numbers that indicate the degree settings.
This model also has a dual range of motion which means that it can be adjusted to make cuts at 0 degrees for making rip cuts. The miter detent plate also has the numbers and marks engraved in them which makes them easier to read.
One of the best things about this saw is that the motor is located on the left side of the saw. This helps to keep the blade balanced for smoother cuts and less vibration. It also keeps the weight of the saw down on the side that is closest to the wall which helps when you need to make flush cuts against a wall.
This saw should be a little bit more expensive than the other models that we have reviewed so far, but it is still reasonably priced. It has a lot of great features and is made to be durable under normal every day use.
Things We Liked The sturdiness and durability of this saw are great.
The blade is very strong and holds an edge well.
The bevel cuts are very accurate. Things We Didn’t Like The dust collection feature isn’t the best.
7. DEWALT DW745 12-Inch Double Bevel Compound Miter Saw Review
This is another great miter saw that has a few innovative features that make it stand out from the rest of them.
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