Fine woodwork requires fine tools that are entering new heights today. Half a century ago, today’s miter saw would have looked something fantastic. These hi-tech devices fit well in the world where natural materials and handcrafted items are even more valued than ever.
While choosing the best miter saw stand, you must encounter several factors. First, it’s the miter saw you own or intend to buy. Second, it’s the sort of work you plan to do with it. Finally, the space in your workshop matters as well: you might opt for a regular or a folding one. If you want to operate outside of it, you must take care to equip both a battery-operated miter saw and a wheeled stand.
Here is my miter saw stand reviews that cover both versatile and specialized items, premium and affordable ones, ones for battery-operated and corded saws, stationary (miter saw tables), and portable. Build matters, as well as compatibility. Like with all tools to be heavily exploited, warranty service is essential. If you like a particular one, take your time to have a look at it offline, if possible.
7 Best Miter Saw Stands Reviewed
- ToughBuilt 10′ Gravity Miter Saw Stand: Top Pick
- DEWALT Heavy-Duty Miter Saw Stand: Runner Up
- BORA Portamate PM-4000: Great Value
- Bosch Miter Saw Stand: Gravity-Rise System Included
- Ridgid Mobile Miter Saw Stand: Ultimate Comfort
- POWERTEC Deluxe Stand: Wheeled When Necessary
- DEWALT DWX726: Model with Wheels
Here are my reviews of those I got my hands on. Note that this list is definitive, but it covers all the main types of miter saw stands.
1. ToughBuilt 10′ Gravity Miter Saw Stand: Top Pick
The name speaks for itself. This company from Lake Forest, CA, is very well known, primarily because it mostly operates on the OEM market, producing equipment and accessories for others. When it comes out under its name, though, the result is impressive. OEM manufacturers are always about quality and costs rather than design and marketing, and when it comes to working equipment, that’s the key.
The stand I review is a versatile one with both a stationary leg and a pair of wheels that let you easily roll it on the floor. It makes a stand compatible with both corded and battery-operated saws. It’s designed to be movable. Foldable and equipped with a multi-grip and a saw niche, it combines the virtues of a folding miter saw stand and a stationary one. A 12.4-inch tube frame provides sturdiness.
As for material, it supports up to 10 ft cuts. It’s been designed to fit standard sizes, so it’s compatible with most miter saws by popular brands like Delta, Craftsman, Rockwell, and others, with two customizable brackets for non-standard ones. With stops on both sides, it provides safety. And yes, it lets you unfold the full potential of your miter saw, no matter if you need to make horizontal or vertical miter cuts.
The designers, though, obviously assumed their customer must be crafty enough to assemble it without instructions. The one included is very bland, and the tools you need to make it are almost useless. You’ll need your own. As well, it will take some craft to extend or collapse its legs. You will have to if you don’t have enough space. So it will take more time instead.
- Versatile construction;
- Sturdy build;
- Compatible with many popular miter saws;
- Accessories available;
Could be better:
- Tricky to assemble;
2. DEWALT Heavy-Duty Miter Saw Stand: Runner Up
This one looks way simpler than a futuristic device by ToughBuilt. No wheels, just legs on both sides. No exquisite paint: it’s all natural aluminum with industrial orange and black. At first sight, it seems too fragile for a big miter saw. And yes, its weight (35 lbs) is about half that of ToughBuilt 10”.
But heh, it also has a lot of pros. First, it’s extendable so that you can make up to 16 ft cuts on it. Second, the item is lightweight, so it’s easy to carry despite the lack of wheels. And you may need it because such long cuts may be easier to perform outdoors. When not needed, this portable miter saw station might be folded and take little space for storage.
It’s also designed to be compatible with all the most popular sizes of miter saws. But weight is what matters. If the saw’s combined weight and the material to cut are over 500 lbs, the stand may fail to stand it.
- Easy to carry and assemble;
- Extendable up to 16 ft;
- Versatile compatibility;
- Very affordable;
- Brackets included.
Could be better:
- Too lightweight for heavy equipment and materials;
- Better compatible with Dewalt miter saws than with others.
3. BORA Portamate PM-4000: Great Value
It looks way simpler than even the one by Dewalt. And it is, but the tool has all it takes: two pairs of legs, limiters, and a couple of brackets for a saw. It supports the same 500 lbs that the Dewalt does, and it seems even simpler to work with.
Its weight is even less – just 30 lbs. It’s even more important as the stand is foldable. The legs can be folded with just a snap, so it’s the best portable miter saw stand for the money. The working height it provides is not adjustable, but 36 inches must be comfortable for most workers.
Simple as it is, the model can be equipped with extra mount sets (available separately) to expand its compatibility. So if you do not work with really heavy objects (500 lbs minus the weight of the saw), or you’re just an amateur, this one is quite a decent choice.
- Sturdy-built despite lightweight;
- Extra mounting sets available;
- Foldable construction;
- The greatest value.
Could be better:
- The height is not adjustable;
- Thin vulnerable paint;
- Alignments are not as great as one would want.
4. Bosch Miter Saw Stand: Gravity-Rise System Included
A wheeled miter saw stand by a famous German brand looks like a masterpiece; this first impression makes you want to get yourself a workshop (if you don’t have one) just to put this beauty there. With both wheels and leveling feet, it combines mobility and sturdiness. The same is with its build: made of steel tubes, it’s just as sturdy as you would expect from a 76-pound stand. Twice as heavy as that by BORA, it’s easily foldable and can be put against the wall vertically even with a saw attached to it.
Its capacity is just as great as promised by the look. It’s extendable up to 18 ft, and its height can be adjusted with its moving legs. The weight it can hold is disappointingly up to 300 lbs; one would expect more looking at its steel bones.
This stand is designed to be rolled rather than carried. Its width lets the user roll it through standard doors. If the terrain does not allow you to roll it, though, the wheels and all the great construction become useless, and you end up carrying 76 pounds of steel plus maybe the saw. 8” wheels are great for short distances but fall short on longer ones. So this beauty needs a special palace to live in and rarely if ever, leave.
One final warning. The company headquarters are situated in Germany, and this influences the entire logistics. Its practices developed for Europe may malfunction when applied to trans-Atlantic delivery. So you may run into more trouble than expected when ordering accessories or replacing the item.
- Adjustable everything;
- Great looks;
- Compatible with absolutely most miter saws;
- Decent package;
- Allow for a lot of freedom.
Could be better:
- Weight capacity is less than expected;
- Too heavy to carry if you cannot roll it;
- Potential logistical issues.
5. Ridgid Mobile Miter Saw Stand: Ultimate Comfort
That’s another famous manufacturer from Ohio, now located in Elyria. Founded in 1923, it has gained its reputation for almost a century, and now it’s well recognized. Ridgid’s miter saw stand with wheels is equipped with adjustable legs, making it great for both transportation and stationary work.
Calling its design “lightweight” is a bit of an exaggeration, given its weight of 57 lbs (almost twice the one by BORA). It lets you expect it’s made of steel tubes, not aluminum, and that’s correct. This steel construction is rigid (as the name suggests) and feels hard to shake. However, it’s easy to adjust, to fold and put to the wall vertically (with the saw attached as well), and to roll through standard doors, its width being just 22,5 inches.
Its design has less shine of tomorrow than the one by Bosch, but it still feels well thought of and hi-tech to the bone. It’s expandable and compatible with absolutely most miter saws available on the market now. Its weight capacity exceeds the analog by Bosch and can handle up to 400 lbs. It can get even more functional with a pair of extra brackets. But you need to do some searching to get them. These are quite pricey, so getting the full set may be more expensive than you might expect.
- Steel tubes provide sturdy build;
- Easily movable with the wheels;
- Decent weight capacity;
- Highly adjustable;
- Large wheels and stable movement.
Could be better:
- Assembly instructions are required;
- Extra accessories are quite expensive.
6. POWERTEC Deluxe Stand: Wheeled When Necessary
Well. It’s not the Powertec that makes benches, dumbbells, and other sports equipment you can see in your gym. It’s another Powertec, with unclear whereabouts, too few dates and locations on its website (yet with numerous typos, like POWERTEC), and enough chutzpah to adopt an already well-known name. It all indicates the company is from South-Eastern Asia, with maybe an office and a warehouse in the U.S. but not much information to provide without disclosing its real location.
The most unusual thing about this stand by Powertec is its extravagant construction. The construction has four feet that let it stand firmly on the floor. And yet it’s equipped with a couple of wheels, making it easier to transport and move the stand around.
The rest is quite typical. Made of steel tubes, the stand supports up to 330 lbs (including the saw), its weight being just 40 lbs. It’s compatible with absolutely most 10” or 12” miter saws due to movable and adjustable steel rollers. The working length of this stand is impressive: about 6.6 ft when expanded.
And, to deliver the most of comfort, it has its socket to plug the saw into. With a connected cord, you can keep this stand constantly plugged. It’s so short, though, that you might need a dedicated extension cord for it.
Despite the unclear origins of this stand, it seems to satisfy most of its owners. They do their work on it with various saws by different manufacturers, doing almost anything they intend. Be it Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, or wherever, it supports American voltage well, known to cause no harm to electrical devices. So why not consider this one, given its quite low price – about a third of that of the stand by Bosch?
- Sturdy build of steel tubing;
- Well movable and portable with feet and wheels;
- Built-in electric socket;
- Compatible with most 10” and 12” miter saws;
- Affordable price.
Could be better:
- The manufacturer is quite suspicious;
- Mounts not adjustable and sloping back
- The built-in electric cord is relatively short.
7. DEWALT DWX726: Model with Wheels
The looks of this stand by arguably the most famous developer among all listed here are a triumph or industrial fashion. It’s hard not to notice all black top, orange bottom, especially if you put it out to work somewhere outside. This is a realistic consideration, as DWX726 is quite a portable rolling miter saw stand, equipped with wheels and fitting into standard doors.
Generally, this stand is all about comfort. Easy to fold and transport, roll, and carry, it’s the most comfortable to work at. Let alone compatibility with most existing miter saws (though Dewalt, popular as it is, could have afforded to play Apple and to give preference to its own products), forget about great infeed and outfeed rollers – it offers you pneumatic height adjustment! And yes, it has a built-in socket as well.
Its length is enough to stand the competition, being up to 8 ft. As for the weight, its maximum capacity is 300 lbs. Not a record-breaker, but still a real heavy-duty mobile miter saw stand to consider. Especially if you are a Dewalt fan, then you don’t have to find another Dewalt 12” sliding compound miter saw stand while you have a natively compatible one.
- Sturdy build;
- Compatible with most saws;
- Very comfortable to use;
- Quite high length and weight supported;
- Great design.
Could be better:
- Not the most affordable one;
- Problems with folding it reported
Miter Saw Stand Buyer’s Guide
If, after reading all this, you have not run into the stand of your dreams, here is a brief guide on selecting the one you will be satisfied with. Let’s assume you already own a miter saw and can handle it. Even more: you know what you have got it for. Now, the stand should let you use your tool and do your work with it. Simple?
Sounds so. But had there been a perfect construction, everyone would follow it. And what we see is a pursuit of different, very different aims.
What is a miter saw stand?
Miter saws are great tools made for cutting wood at either horizontal or vertical angle or both. If you need angled edges in your details, a miter saw is an irreplaceable tool. With it, you can adjust the cut (choosing the density of teeth on the blade), set the right angle, connect a vacuum to remove the dust immediately, and so on.
Miter saw stands are specifically designed to make operating miter saws easier. With rollers moving along with the saw, you can work with it like you would have used with a regular table saw. Of course, before doing it, you must set all the parameters of the cut: the angle, the depth, even the smoothness by selecting the blade with the right number of teeth.
A miter saw stand may have extras, some of which are now viewed as musts. For example, the adjustable height is so much a necessity that its absence can be a dealbreaker.
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Types of miter saw stands
Two types of classification can be applied to a miter saw stand. One of them concerns the top of it, and another the bottom. So finally, we must get four types. In reality, though, it’s a bit simpler.
- Rail stands are the simplest. They offer a rail on legs that looks like it’s been just stolen from the nearest railroad, causing a crash soon. Indeed, these are said to be the most reliable and durable type.
- Compound stands. Generally resembling rail ones, these are made specifically for compound miter saws. Not limited by the rails, you can make cuts at higher angles with this type.
- Folding stands. These are never as durable as rail stands, but they (as the name suggests) can be folded to store while resting to take less space.
We chose not to mention traditional workbenches, but, in reality, they also can be used with a miter saw. The way you work on them is similar to how you do on a stand – except for a workbench is less movable (if at all). Here is an example of using a compound miter saw on a table.
Table stands are also worth mentioning. They are great if you need to do a lot of work, including sawing, in the same place. So it serves you as a surface for placing your miter saw and – at the same time – for everything else. Anyway, neither traditional nor tabletop ones are meant primarily for miter saws, so this mentioning is enough.
How to choose the best miter saw stand
From all this variety, yours is the one that fits your working manner the most. Below, there are points to consider while choosing yours.
It doesn’t matter if you only use it in your workshop: you can opt for a simple rail stand. But if you’re taking it out frequently, you’ll need a wheeled one or something easy to carry.
It matters if you share the stand with someone who uses another miter saw, or you use multiple. If you only have one, your stand should fit it – and nothing else matters.
There’s never too much of it, but if you don’t work with really heavy logs or other cuttables, you can settle for a minimum of, say, 300 lbs.
In theory, the more stable the stand is, the better. In practice, there is a place for a compromise between stability and mobility.
If you need it only unfolded when you’re using it, you better select a foldable one to hold it against the wall for the rest of the time. You can even keep your saw attached to it, thus solving the problem of storing it.
If you haven’t defined your favorite type of work yet, you better opt for a universal miter saw stand that satisfies most needs. Otherwise, there must be parameters especially important for you, like length, weight capacity, compatibility with some particular models (what if “most” means “all except yours?”), and so on.
Do I need a miter saw stand?
If you have a miter saw and you are using it, you need a stand for it. Not only does it make your work easier. Its construction also lets you make longer cuts, and it becomes the perfect space for keeping your miter saw connected. Most models are foldable even with a saw on.
Otherwise, if you like woodworking as a hobby or practice it for earning, it’s one of the most powerful tools. It might be better to purchase the two at once if you haven’t bought the saw yet.
Last but not least: given the hazards of the miter saws and the recommended safety measures, it’s better to set your mind up when you start your work. A dedicated place (like a special stand) makes the work more comfortable and creates the right atmosphere.
Miter Saw Stand FAQ
How to attach a miter saw to a stand?
There are special mounting brackets you connect your saw to, blade down. Then these brackets let you roll the saw firmly by the line. If you have a laser guide (or any other type), you can adjust your movements in real-time.
Can I build a rolling miter saw stand?
Anything a man can build another man can build too. But there are some limitations. While legs are quite easy to make and assemble, the rail part with the brackets requires some hard work to do. So if you need a DIY one, you better opt for a traditional workbench or a tabletop stand.
How tall should a miter saw stand be?
The optimal height (as considered by manufacturers) is 36 inches. But it’s better to have it adjustable, simply because people are different. That’s why most stands offer height adjustments and some even pneumatic mechanisms of it.
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Are all miter saw stands universal?
If you mean compatibility with miter saws from various manufacturers, most of them are. But there are also specialized models that I have not reviewed here.
For Further Creativity
So, this mobile miter saw stand comparison shows you that even a glance at this world takes out very different models – different in terms of parameters, capacity, movability, and, of course, price. But it’s up to you to select the one you need.
You keep in your head many things subconsciously, from the size of your workshop to the way you are holding tools, from chance, you’ll have to work elsewhere to your budget. It’s impossible to recommend you for certain, not knowing all that. But here are the guidelines to follow while choosing. Have you found the item you like among the listed ones? Or do you have your own preferences? Please, leave your thoughts in the comments box.