Remember the days when you were first starting out as a woodworker, maybe just as a hobby? I bet you thought a simple hand saw would be all you’d need throughout your wood working career. What an absurd idea that seems like now.
By now you’re probably well-versed in the art of woodworking and have a deep understanding of how most complicated power saws work. I mean you ARE looking for a good saw stand for your miter saw, something which can hardly be considered a beginner’s tool. And given how you’re no longer a beginner anymore and perhaps even someone who woodworks professionally, you can’t afford to buy a saw stand that’s anything less than excellent at its job.
But going out to the market and listening to companies advertise the heck out of their products isn’t too appealing an idea to follow through. What you’re looking for is a quick comprehensive miter saw stand buying a guide on which saw stands out on the market and is worth your money so you don’t waste too much time looking for the right one on your own. And that’s exactly what we aim to bring you.
But first, a few pointers on how to pick the best miter saw stand.
What to look for in a good miter saw stand
As you should with almost every product you buy, when picking up a miter saw stand, you need to evaluate the product based on a couple of metrics. Or, to put it in much simpler terms, there are a couple of questions you need to ask to know if the product you’re looking at is the right one for you. For your search for the best miter saw stand, these are the questions you need to ask:
1 – Is it stable? Does it look like it’ll last long under heavy use?
The first thing you need to make sure is that the saw stand you pick out is a very sturdy one. After all, you can’t have your stand collapsing mid-operation, an accident that’d surely damage your miter saw, provided the spinning saw blade doesn’t cut your arm off first. What you’re looking for here is something that does a good job of distributing weight evenly across the table. Something that’s wide enough at the base and not top-heavy so as to discourage toppling when the miter saw is installed on it.
Oh, and you do want to pick one that’s of a decent build quality. Picking out a table that’s super stable is only worth it if it lasts long enough to pay back the investment you made on it.
2 – How versatile is it in terms of usability?
What I mean by versatility is how flexible the stand is in its operation of the miter saw. Does it allow you to freely rotate the saw to get all the right angles for your cuts? Does the bench allow you to install miter saws in different sizes on it, or is it limited in what shape of saw it can house on top of it? Most of all, is it designed in a way to help you cut as efficiently as you can? One of the things you can look out for here is extendable “wings”, separate desk extensions that help you cut longer pieces of wood by resting them steadily on the now longer saw stand.
3 – What’s the max load it can carry?
Though this is rarely an issue with the newer stands on the market, one should always look on the side of caution and check a stand for the maximum weight it can handle without keeling under it. Ideally, you want a stand that’s able to carry and indefinitely support a miter saw and a few long, heavy pieces of wood. That puts you somewhere around the ball-park estimate of 300 to 600 pounds of maximum capacity. Even if you’re someone with a particularly heavy miter saw and like to cut large, dense pieces of wood on it, the max load you put on your stand shouldn’t really ever exceed 600 pounds.
4 – How portable is it?
Wheels. Get a stand with wheels if you’re going to be moving your miter saw setup around from time to time. Stubby legs may be a better choice when it comes to stability, but nothing beats the convenience wheels provide you when moving heavy objects around, especially over curbs or up a flight of stairs.
Foldability is also a pretty nice feature to have in your saw stand, but this feature only really comes into play when you’re looking to store your saw stand or maybe carry it around in the back of your car. So, this again should only be a factor if you’re someone who needs to carry their tools around with them quite a lot.
5 – Any additional features?
While the top four questions are the most important ones you need to settle before moving on, it is nice to have a product that goes above and beyond the call of duty to provide you with some additional features. Some of these useful features are a lamp attached to the top of the stand to shine the light directly on the saw as you’re working. Or a built-in vise to help you clamp in wood before cutting it, getting a smoother cut as a result. Or perhaps even an adaptable mounting, one that could support a few more tools, rather than just a miter saw, like a planer for example.
These features aren’t what really matters when selecting the best miter saw stand, but they’re nice bonuses all the same.
The top ten miters saw tables we recommend (in no particular order)
1. Bosch T4B Gravity-Rise
If you’ve been working with heavy power tools for a while, the name Bosch should automatically ring a bell. The company is well known for being a manufacturer of high-quality hardware products, and it seems they didn’t skimp out on this miter saw stand either. Built as sturdily as any of their other top-quality merchandise, this is one stand that won’t buckle under the weight of your saw or your boards any time soon.
And it also scores well in the portability department. Suffice it to say, this saw stand is a great fit for anyone who’s constantly on the move working on different projects and needs to carry their heaviest tools along with them. The wheels on the rear legs automatically make this stand one of the most portable on this list, but their ease of transportation only increases with the collapsible design.
But portability and stability are only great features if you can actually make use of the saw stand in any way you want. Fortunately, the T4B doesn’t disappoint, providing you with a universal clamp that lets you attach a miter saw of any size, and has extendable supports on both ends to let you work on wood pieces up to 18 feet long!
Though no product can be perfect, and it seems that while the stand itself is quite stable and has a very tough frame, a lot of plastic pieces are used in many places, all of which have a tendency to easily break. And having a quick release option on the tool mount assembly would certainly have been nice.
2. DEWALT DWX726 Rolling
When it comes to stable build quality, few other companies have beat DEWALT in this feature, no matter what product you’re looking at. Saying their products are tough is an understatement, and the DWX726 certainly carries on the tradition. This product is durable, and that even goes for the accessories that come with it.
But toughness isn’t all the DWX726 has going for it. There’s also the perk of being extremely versatile in its use, since it has the ability to fit any kind of miter saw on top of it. And like the entry before it, the stand has a similar wheel design: two wheels on the rear legs, while a joined support on the front legs. Although it doesn’t collapse like the Bosch T4B; note that this feature has been sacrificed to provide a three-height adjustable stand system.
Unfortunately, while everything seems rosy on paper, there have been many customers complaining about poor customer service experiences, and a lot of people just not being able to understand the complicated assembly functions. There’s also the fact that the DWX726 is quite a bit on the expensive side of miter saw stands, which further knocks the viability of the stand a couple more pegs.
Still, the DWX726 just can’t be beat if you’re looking for a very sturdy yet extremely portable stand. Once setup, it’ll last you years on end.
3. Hitachi UU240F
Another top contender in the power tools and hardware markets, Hitachi’s offering to this list in the form of the UU240F is a far from a bad choice for a miter saw stand. While Hitachi may not have the next to spotless record of durability DEWALT can boast of, the UU240F does beat out its competitor in terms of maximum capacity, letting you balance a maximum of 400 pounds on the stand instead of just 300 pounds. This is thanks largely in part to its stainless-steel build, which all of us know is one of the best materials you can use to make any stand.
Understanding people’s needs for storage and portability, Hitachi has designed the UU240F to be both collapsible and mobile with the wheels attached on one end, though it should be noted that the wheels can only really be used when the stand is folded. A quick release clamp makes mounting and unmounting miter saws a snap, which is great if you have multiple miter saws, but the budget for only one stand.
Too bad the saw stand doesn’t let you fit on any kind of miter saw you want. The mount on this stand can only fit a saw up to 12 inches, and if you have a larger saw, then you’re probably better off getting something else. That being said, however, most miter saws aren’t larger than 12 inches, so in all practicality this might never be a real issue for you.
4. Genesis GMSS400W Heavy-duty
When the product itself claims to be heavy-duty in its brand name, you know the company isn’t kidding around. With a sturdy steel frame like the last entry on this list, the GMSS400W is no less than an able workhorse when it comes to the toughness of the stand. That combined with the 400 pounds load capacity, makes it an ideal stand for someone who owns particularly heavy miter saws stands and frequently works with especially large pieces of wood. Which the extendable supports can easily help you manage, might I add.
Working the stand is a breeze. Forget complicated setups and needing tools for adjustment, this stand comes pre-built and anything you need to adjust, from the extendable supports to the mounting bracket to even the bases to the legs, can be easily done by hand. This ease of operation also extends to the process of mounting the miter saw itself, with quick release clamps and a universal mount making a strong case for this stand as a very versatile product.
With all these things going for it, all the GMSS400W really needed to nail was portability and it’d probably be the top contender on this list. Unfortunately, this is where the stand falls short and it does so spectacularly. Much like the Hitachi UU240F, there are wheels attached to one end of the stand, which lets the user transport it easily once it’s folded. However, unlike the Hitachi UU240F, the GMSS400W’s wheels are far from the sturdiest kind, which is a bitter contrast to the otherwise top-notch build quality everywhere else on this stand, which is really quite a shame, to be honest.
5. HTC PM-4000 Portamate
In contrast to brands like Bosch and DEWALT, HTC is not a company many people recognize as a power tools accessory provider right off the bat. If anything, you’re more likely to confuse the company with another brand of the same name, one that specializes in smartphones. However, when it comes to the miter saw stands, the PM-4000 Portamate is such a good product that it catapults HTC right up there with the big boys.
The PM-4000 is as basic as you can get with a miter saw stand, without compromising on all the features that matter. You want a stand that’s extremely functional and versatile in its use? The PM-4000 has the ability to mount almost any miter saw and can support up to 10 feet of wood with its supports. And as the name suggests, the PM-4000 is extremely portable, opting for a minimalistic build that collapses for easy transportation and storage.
But the best thing by far is the value for money you get when you buy this product. This stand has the ability to carry up to 500 POUNDS on top of it, while only costing a fraction of what most other stands on this list do. That’s way more than what the DEWALT DWX726 offers, and DEWALT’s products have a reputation for being extremely tough.
It’s just a pity this product doesn’t come with a set of wheels installed for even greater portability (I mean they had to cut costs somewhere). Although you can look into a separately sold wheel kit if you really need a miter saw stand with wheels.
6. DEWALT DWX723:
Surprised at finding another entry by DEWALT in this list? Well, we can’t help but put this product on the list too; DEWALT just makes great products across the board. The DWX726 has all the features you’d like to see in a good miter saw stand and features you’ve just come to expect from DEWALT now. Tough build quality? Check. Extendable support (up to 16 feet) for larger pieces of wood? Check. Huge capacity (another 500 pounds contender)? Check. Universal mount letting you use miter saws of all size on it? Check.
But that’s not to say the product isn’t flawed. Portability for one is a real paradox. On the one hand, you’ve got an easily foldable stand, that’s also pretty darn lightweight (just shy of 35 pounds), meaning packing up and storing it, or transporting in the back of your car barely takes any effort. On the other hand, the absence of wheels to provide even more portability is glaring, especially considering the price of the product. That’s right, if there’s one gripe we’ll always have with DEWALT’s products, its that their merchandise almost always costs significantly more than most other products on the market.
But it seems like that’s the price for quality. Like I’ve mentioned a couple of times before, DEWALT really does make exceptional products, ones that not only look solid, but are top-notch through and through. Their products have been lauded again and again as one of the most durable ones out there, and this miter saw stand is certainly no different.
7. POWERTEC MT-4000 Deluxe
Returning with the “two wheels on one end” design we saw three products back up the list, we have the POWERTEC MT-4000, a miter saw stand that tries to offer almost every feature you could possibly want in a miter saw stand without being too much of a burden on your wallet. And we have to say, it does a pretty decent job. The stand is built-well, can sustain a load of up to 330 pounds, has a mount that fits almost any 10” or 12” miter saw, has extendable supports, collapsible legs, and the aforementioned wheels to allow for easy transportation.
You’ve even got a new feature on this product that isn’t on any other previous saw sand on this list: a power outlet with three sockets, so cable management on the stand is barely a problem.
The problem with this stand, however, is that while it covers all the bases, it doesn’t truly go the distance with any of its features. Take extendable supports for example, these only extend to 6-7 feet, which is hardly an ideal length. Or consider their build quality, while 330 pounds is pretty decent, it’s far from the best we’ve seen on this list. They don’t even have a universal mount to support any kind of miter saw. In short, while there’s a lot to praise, there’s really nothing remarkable about this product, save the power outlets which are just, well, meh.
8. BORA Portamate PM-4000:
Hmm. Think this product sounds a lot like our number 5 entry, the HTC Portamate PM-4000? Well, one look at the product will only deepen the connection, because the design of the two PM-4000s is actually very similar. And like the HTC PM-4000, the BORA PM-4000 has a lot going for it too.
It’s got that same rugged and sturdy steel frame build, matching HTC’s 500 pounds load capacity, with extendable supports to balance larger pieces of wood. It’s lightweight (only 30 pounds), easy to use and adjust, has a mount that supports almost every kind of miter saw out there and can fold for a better storage and transportation experience too.
And much like the HTC PM-4000, the BORA PM-4000 doesn’t have a pair of wheels either, which is really the only thing it doesn’t have going for it. That and it’s not as popular a choice as its HTC counterpart, despite being at basically the same price point for a miter saw stand.
9. PROTOCOL Equipment 67106 WS-077
The first thing you notice about this stand, even before you check on the other features it packs, is the design aesthetic. There have been quite a few good-looking saw-stands that came before on this list, but none of them have as sharp a look as the WS-077. And what an aesthetic it is.
But looks are hardly what matters when it comes to selecting a good miter saw stand, so does the WS-077 deliver as a good miter saw stand? Well, yes absolutely, since it does have nearly everything you could be looking for in a miter saw stand, much like the POWERTEC MT-4000 (in at number 7 in our list). However, this stand one-ups the MT-4000 by including support for a maximum load of 500 pounds. The stand also has plastic capped legs to allow for usage of the saw in indoor environments, without worrying much about damaging the floor.
However, while everything does seem to be perfect on paper, there is the problem of, well, false advertisement. The stand boasts a universal mount, whereas in actuality it only lets you fit miter saws of up to 15”. Granted, most miter saws aren’t larger than 12”, but quite a few people have been duped into buying this stand hoping to fit their larger saws on it.
All in all, not a bad product at all, but be sure to read the fine print if you’re looking to buy it.
10. WEN MSA-330:
Our last entry on this list is another budget miter saw that tries to offer its users everything they could need in one package. Extendable supports, quick release clamps, adjustable mount; you name it, this stand has got it. It’s also the only other stand on this list to feature an onboard power outlet, a feature that’s very handy in helping you manage your cables when working, but not enough stands incorporate into their design.
Surprisingly though, the major issue most people have had with this stand is portability. Now it’s not like its design was ideal for portable use in the first place; after all, having your wheels at one end of the stand only makes the stand portable when its folded. But several users have complained that using the wheels and the handle for moving the saw is a very awkward experience, especially with the miter saw mounted onto it. Which is a real bummer, considering how much the stand offers at such a low price.
If you’re someone who constantly moves around your equipment while you work, like maybe taking them from one corner of the workshop to the other, or maybe to a different location in between projects, then you NEED a stand with wheels. And of the ten stands, we mentioned above, no stands fit the bill better than the Bosch T4B Gravity Rise and the DEWALT DWX726 Rolling miter saw stand. They’re both built extremely well and have all the features you need in a good miter saw stand, so you can really just pick any of the two.
On the other hand, if your miter saw need not be moved much from place to place, we recommend getting the HTC PM-4000 or the DEWALT DWX723. Both stands let you work with maximum loads of 500 pounds, but the former offers better value for money. But then again, the latter is a DEWALT miter saw stand, so take your pick.
Here’s a quick reference comparison chart for these four recommended models:
|Feature||Bosch T4B Gravity Rise||DEWALT DWX726 Rolling||HTC PM-4000||DEWALT DWX723|
|Maximum load capacity||300 pounds||300 pounds||500 pounds||500 pounds|
|Weight||91.6 pounds||25 pounds||30 pounds||35 pounds|
|Mount||Universal||Universal||Almost all miter saws mountable||Universal|
|Max extension||18 feet||8 feet||10 feet||16 feet|
Q) Are wheels on my stand necessary?
A) No, but they help a lot if you’re constantly moving your saw around.
Q) Why should I buy an expensive stand from a good company when a similar product is available at a cheaper price?
A) There’s nothing to stop you from buying a cheaper stand, but you have to understand it’s a gamble. The quality of the product and its durability are the chief differences between something like a Bosch miter saw stand and a WEN miter saw stand for example.
Q) Can I leave my miter saw on the stand?
A) Yes, as long as you’re not moving it around. Moving your stand around with the miter saw is only recommended if the stand was designed to allow for such free movement.
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