Choosing a Saw
For this test, we selected top models of 7-1/4-in. sidewinder saws from the most popular brands and compared them. With one exception, the saws all have 15-amp motors and spin at 5,200 to 6,200 rpm. The saws range in price from about $60 to $150.
To test the saw, we assembled five staff members with about 80 years of combined carpentry experience, gave them a big pile of lumber and proceeded to turn the boards into kindling. We crosscut, ripped, and then tried the ultimate torture test: a 45-degree by 45-degree compound angle cut across a 2x10.
After comparing comfort, balance, features and cutting ability, we chose a few saws to receive Editors' Choice awards for Best Overall and Best Mid-Priced Saw.