Adding a stand to your miter saw is a smart way to increase the versatility of one of the most useful tools in your building and remodeling arsenal.
We’ve reviewed some of the most popular miter saw stands to help you decide how to find the option to maximize your investment. After all, since a quality stand can set you back nearly the price of a saw, you would be served well by some time spent researching this purchase.
TL;DR – Our Top 3 Picks
Why Is A Miter Saw Stand Important
Miter saws are a versatile and time-saving tool. A good stand is designed to compliment your saw and creates a solid, safe, and efficient work platform.
Without a stand, you’re likely using a benchtop, a temporary surface on sawhorses, or simply setting the saw on the ground. Since the saw blade sits above the tool mount’s surface, you need to make provision to support all but the shortest materials, plus working off of the ground is plain tiring.
Benefits, Features and Safety of Using A Miter Saw Stand
A stand will bring the saw up to a comfortable work height and creates a dedicated rock-solid station for both the saw and your materials, making for safer more accurate cuts.
Adjustable material stands easily keep workpieces at the correct height. Integrated stops make multiple repetitive cuts easy to set up without needing clamps or other hardware.
Some models have wheels which can improve portability. All models will fold or disassemble for transport and storage. Several allow your saw to remain attached to the stand making for quick assembly and disassembly of the complete miter saw station.
When evaluating miter saw stands, consider what materials you will be working with. All stands easily handle small, light pieces of trim. But if you will be cutting framing, 4x4s or other heavy lumber, you will need to pay close attention to how securely these materials are supported.
Higher quality stands use stronger materials and closer tolerances to give the needed support for heavier loads.
Some units fold and store like a wheeled dolly with the saw attached. This can be useful in tight work areas where your workspace needs to adjust to different tasks.
With the saw and stand in one unit, it can be quickly moved out and set up for use, and then tucked back into storage. A 12” sliding compound miter saw can weigh over 50 pounds. Hoisting a saw like this around is inconvenient and potentially back straining, so by keeping the saw and stand together as a unit, lifting a saw into place is no longer necessary.
It’s very important to have proper miter saw safety guidelines and stand safety for both yourself and for those around you.
This model folds into a fairly compact bundle for transport to and from remote work sites. At just under 30 pounds it is little effort to lift into vehicles or navigate stairs. The saw must be detached before transport and moved separately. The manufacturer rates this unit for materials up to 10’ long and 500 pounds, although users regularly talk of taking on trim up to 16’.
Extra tool mounting brackets can be ordered to allow other tools to be mounted. Depending on your needs and ingenuity, the stand can be used to support other tools such as a bench vise.
- Easy set-up
- Plastic handle parts prone to failure
Make sure to read our full Dewalt DW715 miter saw review.
DeWalt also offers a version of a rolling miter saw stand. These designs make moving and repositioning your miter saw station more convenient. DeWalt’s unique design features a pneumatic assist for raising and lowering the assembly and offers three positions for setup.
Material stands have true rollers rather than a piece of tubing or angle iron.
However, the rollers lack any integrated material stops. The unit is rated for 300 pounds and easily accommodates material up to 16’ long. This stand weighs in at 67 pounds making it one of the heavier stands available. This is plus for stability, but with a saw attached the entire setup can reach 100 pounds making for some extra effort to move even with wheels.
On smooth flat concrete this is less of a concern, but on rougher terrain it could prove to be a liability.
- Pneumatic assist to raise and lower unit
- Material rollers
- Tools required to fasten saw to stand; not easily mounted or dismounted
- No integrated material stops
Described as a “utility vehicle” for your saw, the Ridgid stand boasts oversized 12” wheels making for easier traverse across uneven ground and stairs. The unit folds into an upright position rather than down to ground level. This makes for less bending over when moving the saw to a new location.
Brackets allow users to attach a flat work surface below the saw, creating useful space for pencils, tapes, notes or other items while working.
- Extra-large diameter wheels
- Wheels could be attached better to prevent wobbling
Make sure to read our full Ridgid R4221 miter saw review.
Bosch has cleverly designed their wheeled miter saw stand to use the weight of the saw to assist with set-up and takedown. While this stand comes in at the higher end of the price scale, Bosch has done a good job of creating a solid feature-rich stand.
This stand quickly and easily folds into a dolly configuration. The user does this all from a standing position. Eight-inch diameter wheels make for effective traversing of uneven ground and stairs. This wheeled design is ideal for a workshop where the tool could be quickly moved out of the way and into a corner.
Rapid release universal mounts have a quick connect and disconnect allowing you to take the saw off the stand without the need for tools. Material supports include integral stops and span a full 8’ between supports. Adjustable feet allow for set up on uneven terrain.
At just under 77 pounds, this is no lightweight, and with your saw attached the combined weight will likely exceed 100 pounds. While this can aid stability, loading this unit into the back of a truck will need an extra pair of hands. Even with its larger wheels the total weight of this station is a factor when moving.
As with other Bosch products, red handles and knobs indicate adjustable components, a helpful feature.
- Unique folding system keeps the user upright
Available from Harbor Freight, the Chicago Electric Heavy Duty Mobile Miter Saw Stand provides a popular budget-friendly stand. Rated at 400 pounds, this stand also includes integral material stops for multiple repeat cuts.
The stand features quick-release legs that are moved in and out of position and include provisions to level the unit on uneven ground. Once the unit is folded down, the user lifts one end and moves the assembly as a dolly.
The saw can be stored on the unit and uses a rail system that allows quick tool-free connection and release from the stand.
While initially solid, this stand suffers from questionable durability. There are complaints of broken welds and weak material components. When saw brackets are loosened, extra care must be taken to keep the saw from tipping backward and falling to the ground.
Based on users’ comments, this stand would perhaps be suitable if you don’t intend to store the saw on the unit.
- Tool mounting brackets are not available to purchase separately
- Questionable durability over the long haul
This stand provides a very solid work station and allows for leveling on uneven ground. The capacity is rated at 500 pounds and will handle materials up to 16’ long. The quick-release brackets make attaching and removing the saw quick and easy, and extra brackets are readily available.
The material supports are solid and have true rollers with integral stops. Folding the unit for transport will involve bending and moving back and forth to each end. At 34 pounds it is easily lifted for transport. Small wheels allow the unit to be moved like a dolly with the saw attached.
- Very sturdy
- Material rollers with integral stops
- Smaller wheels
The Best Miter Saw Stand From Our Research
The best miter saw stand? As usual, it depends.
If the total weight of the unit is not a concern, you should consider one of the wheeled units. Every work setup is different and the ability to quickly, safely and easily readjust your workspace, even if only by a few inches, is a valuable feature.
The Bosch T4B Gravity-Rise Stand gets our nod for its simpler folding mechanism and strong features.
If you plan on regularly transporting your saw and stand in the back of a truck, you may be better off with one of the lighter units, especially if you’re working alone.
The DeWalt DWX724 is a strong candidate for its lightweight yet solid profile. Moving this stand from site to site could be done by one person.
A good miter saw stand is a solid investment and will make time on your project safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable.