Miter Saw Stand Buying Guide
What is a Miter Saw Stand?
In terms of the price ranges in which they sit, the above three saws are easily the most high-quality units you can expect to come across. However, everyone is different and has their own list of needs. If you find the above saws just don’t meet those needs, you may be tempted to go out and so some shopping on your own. If you keep the following considerations in mind while doing so, you can be sure you’ll walk away with the perfect product for you.
Will your saw be compatible with your stand?
This may sound like an obvious question to ask, but it’s worth keeping in mind. While it can be easy to come to the conclusion that all miter saw stands will be complete compatible with your current saw, this is not always the case. While I can’t tell you if the stand you have your eyes set on will be compatible with your current saw, the manufacturer of said stand certainly can. You can also simply take some measurements and find out what’s going to work. When in doubt; however, it never hurts to check with the manufacturer or, if you’re shopping in person, a store representative.
Will the terrain be compatible with your stand?
The Bosch we covered above is more of an all-terrain stand, for lack of a better term. If you looked at the price, you’ll know that, while perhaps fair given the stand’s quality, it was rather high. As such, if you’re looking for something to put in your backyard workshop, choosing an all-terrain stand purely for this feature will prove to be nothing more than a money pit. Believe it or not, when it comes to placing the stand on a hard, flat surface, all-terrain stands are no better than their fussier counterparts. Don’t confuse “all-terrain” with “excellent stability,” as these characteristics may be exclusive at times. When looking for a stand, only buy what you need to ensure it’s stable on the specific surface you plan to work on. Anything more will mark up the price and anything less may be downright dangerous.
Will you be moving around?
Once again, if you need a miter saw stand for your backyard workshop, you’ll likely get to save a bit of money or get more useful features by going with the right unit. Because it’s not always clear just from reading the name (or even looking at a picture) of a product, take a moment to do a bit of research to see if your preferred stand as wheels. While wheels themselves aren’t exactly expensive, giving a stand extra features to be portable might be, at least if you expect it to have all of the features of a stationary stand. As such, opting for a stand without wheels will ensure every dollar you put into your stand is spent well. Of course, getting wheels is essential if you plan on moving around for long periods of time.
Types of Miter Saw Stands
While you could place different stands into a variety of different categories all day, when referring purely to a stand’s intended purpose, there are two main types of stands available at your disposal.
- Portable Stands – I don’t need to tell you what these are used for. However, if giving a stand the ability to move around seamlessly had no downsides, all stands would be portable. While this rule isn’t exactly written in stone, portable stands will often offer less material support. Of course, there are a few exceptions to this rule, such as a couple of the saw stands we covered above. If it has wheels, you can bet the unit is portable.
- Stationary Stands – These stands, while not always as convenient as their portable counterparts, can often take on bigger workloads. Typically, a stationary stand will have a larger weight capacity and size than a similarly-priced portable stand.
Common Miter Saw Stand Features
Which of the above types of stands is best for you will largely come down to where it is you plan on getting work done in the first place. The below two features; however, break away from this trend by offering everyone some degree of value. As such, it can’t hurt to keep an eye out for them.
- A Lightweight Design – Lightweight designs are not necessarily portable. In fact, if portable stands were so light, they wouldn’t need wheels in the first place. One of the stands we covered earlier in the review is very lightweight. Despite this, it is able to support up to one thousand pounds.
- Long Arms – “Arms,” in this sense, refers to the points on the stand that extend outward to give you more space to work with. Longer arms cost next to nothing to implement, giving you a higher degree of quality without racking up the price too severely.
As previously stated, the number one factor to consider when shopping for a miter saw stand is where you’re going to be using it. Otherwise, whether or not any given unit is good largely depends on your own personal preference. Knowing these preferences before you settle on your miter saw stand of choice is sure to have you walk away with just the product you need with little in the way of hassle. Simply keep all of these considerations in mind and you’re all set.