One of the most common items that are purchased along side mitre saws are stands to support them. It’s an extra expense on top of the saw but is it really worth it? From our point of view it is a definite yes! Below are just some of the reasons we think you should consider buying a mitre saw stand and a look at a few on the market.
Easy To Use
First and foremost it makes using your mitre saw a lot easier and more comfortable. The saw will be at a height that is comfortable to work with in a standing position. It is like having the mitre saw fixed to a work bench.
Travelling around from job to job becomes a lot easier. You don’t need to carry around a massive bulky work bench. A light weight foldable stand means you will be set up in minutes. Whether that is in the garden or on site, shifting the saw around will be really easy.
If you do want to put the stand away they are easy to store, most are foldable so they can be stored in a small gap in the garage rather the becoming a permanent feature that clogs up your work space.
If you are an occasional user stands are super handy. You can leave the saw set up on the stand in a workshop or garage in the perfect position. When you need to cut something all you need to do is plug the saw in and you are ready to go. A much easier solution than having to get the saw down from a shelf and set it up on the floor.
It’s a lot safer to use a mitre saw on a stand. The saw is attached to the stand and is at a proper height making the operation simpler than bending down onto the floor. Most models also have arms that will support the material you are trying to cut allowing you to have your hands free to operate the saw.
Just make sure that the stand is on a solid flat surface!
Much Easier Set Up
Using the arms to support the wood you are going to cut will make set up a lot easier. Most models allow you to alter the arm height to get the wood in the perfect position. Once it is set up you can then alter the bevel of the saw and mitre angle accurately.
This is particularly helpful if you are working with really long or heavy lengths of wood. Without a good stand you would need two people; one to hold the wood and one to operate the saw. With the stand the wood can be held in place leaving you to operate the chop saw. If you anticipate working on your own a lot then definitely consider purchasing a chop saw stand as it will save a lot of time and effort!
Better View Of The Cut
You will get a much better view of the cut using a stand. The cut mark will be easy to view without bending down to the floor, making the cuts way more accurate. If you are working in a dark corner or an unlit site this can be a real problem if the saw is on the floor.
Cutting Lots Of Bits
A lot of jobs that you may need to use a mitre saw for may require you to make multiple single cuts as the job progresses. Decking, cupboards or framing mean you may measure a piece of wood, fit it, then measure up the next piece.
A stand will really help you speed up the job. The saw is at standing height and ready to go. Each piece can be measured then quickly cut. If you keep having to go back and kneel on the floor struggling to see the cut line it will really slow you down.
Things To Consider When Buying A Mitre Saw Stand
If you thinking of purchasing a saw with a stand or a stand on it’s own there are a few key things you need to consider. Below we run through some of the important ones.
It might sound obvious but make sure you check the brand of saw you have will fit on the stand you intend to buy. In many cases manufacturers build there own stands. If you are in the market for a mitre saw and stand then look at both before making the decision.
Are you going to use the chop saw a lot. If so then you will save a lot of time and energy by having a stand.
Do You Need To Move From Job To Job?
If you are moving around from job to job look around for a light stand that will allow you to quickly get set up and packed down quickly. Very important if you are working on sites.
Are you able to bend down to use the saw. It may be the case that you need a stand to bring the chop saw up to your height. If you are elderly or have problems bending down it may make the saw a lot more usable.
Make sure you factor in the cost of a stand to the saw if it is a requirement. A stand could easily set you back £50 to £150 which will significantly add to the total cost.
Do You Already Have A Workbench?
If you are a DIY user and the saw will be fixed in the same place and never move you may well have a bench that you could attach the mitre saw to. This could save you money and space if this is the case.
Mitre Saw Stand Reviews
We’ve talked a bit about what to look for and consider. Now we are going to have a brief look at some of the models available in the market.
Evolution Mitre Saw Stand
As well as making great tools, the Evolution mitre saw stand comes highly recommended by many owners with some very good reviews from happy customers on various websites.
As well as fitting Evolution’s own range they also fit some other brands. The stand is very easy to use with a quick release system to attach the saw. It is foldable which makes it easy to carry around and store.
Even though it is great value compared to the likes of Makita and Dewalt stands it is built to work. The arms will support long pieces of wood (up to 3 metres) and weighing up to 150 kilos.
Definitely one to look at if you have a tight budget but want quality equipment.
Wolf Universal Mitre Saw Stand
If your looking for great value this is one to look at. It offers some of the basic features you need and fits many of the top brands like Dewalt and Makita. This model doesn’t quite have the capacity of the Evolution having a maximum load weight of 90kg but this is still more than ample for a lot of people. If you are looking to work with a lot of large timbers then maybe it’s worth spending a bit more and looking at some of the more expensive models.
Von Haus Mitre Saw Stand
We think this model has most of the things you need for a lighter use stand but to be honest we would recommend looking at the Evolution stand instead. They come in at around the same price but the Evolution can carry more weight and has a 3 year warranty compared to the 2 year warranty on this model.
Bosch GTA2600 Mitre Saw Stand
As always Bosch have made a great looking tool that looks robust and professional. If you are proud of your set up and like your tools to look good then this is a good buy.
This model is a little more expensive coming in at under £100 but still good value. It has a couple of nice features, a safety lock to ensure the saw is safely attached and adjustable feet for uneven surfaces which is ideal for working on building sites or outside.
Makita DEAWST06 Mitre Saw Stand
Makita’s tools are always associated with the tradesmen professional quality tools. This model is designed for tradesmen that need to work quickly and accurately.
It has all of the features you would expect with most models but also has a set of wheels and handle to wheel around. Many mitre saws are heavy and awkward to carry around. With the can leave the saw attached the stand whilst transporting for very quick set up.
This really is one to consider for the carpenters out there.
DeWalt De7023 Mitre Saw Stand
This is a real heavy duty stand capable of working with weights of over 200kg. If you are working with lots of large timbers and are constantly using the stand then this is a model to consider.
Some of the cheaper models will not be able to cope with some of the jobs this tough model can deal with.
Even though it is built to withstand large weights it is light to carry around due to it’s aluminium construction. With a handle to carry around when it is folded up this is a great model.
If you are unsure of the usage your stand will get then the Dewalt stand will cover it all, it can work with a whopping 5 meter lengths. If you are unsure we would highly recommend spending the extra few pounds.
To sum it all up a mitre saw stand really is a great bit of kit that will make your saw a lot more usable and quick to set up. As with a lot of tools out there you pay for what you get. The cheaper models certainly cover smaller jobs but the more expensive models really deal with the big commercial jobs.
Make sure you really understand what you need before you buy.