by David McCarthy
Last Updated January 21, 2019
The material your miter saw stand is made of will influence a fair number of other qualities both positively and negatively. While there is no material that is best for all situations, there are distinct qualities that can help influence your decision one way or the other.
For instance, the material will likely play a role in determining how durable the stand is. That consideration can also come from an exposure standpoint, unless you exclusively intend to use your miter stand inside a climate-controlled shop.
Finally, the different materials will provide some insight into how difficult it is to transport the miter saw from one place to another–though its type will also play a big role.
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The type of miter saw stand refers to how it is constructed, the maximum weight it can hold and how easy it is to transport, among other qualities. It is an unfortunate paradox that the largest products generally have the lowest weight capacities due to their type.
The type will also often play a large part in how easy it is to set up or break down. That said, one of the biggest differences between the different types of miter saw stands is the price, with more convenience costing a premium. It is important to consider how fine the work is that you will be doing and how often you will be moving the stand before selecting the type you want to use.
As you can see, there is no single miter saw stand that is going to satisfy all people equally. Some people may need to use their stand on the go, especially if they have professional applications in mind.
On the other hand, those who plan to work in their workshop might appreciate portability, but they will have different expectations–and a different budget.
For those on the go, we recommend the Bosch T4B with its incredibly convenient and durable Gravity-Rise pneumatic lift system.
On top of that, the entire frame and mounted wheels are all made to the highest of standards, making it the best option on our list for a contractor or crewman looking for a serious product. If you have a workshop large enough, it will perform well in that setting too.
If you only plan to use your miter saw stand in a single workshop, you likely do not need to worry about large frames and heavy-duty wheels. That said, additional storage is always nice, which is why for the workshop, we recommend the DEWALT DWX726.
Though it is not necessarily the strongest in terms of maximum weight capacity, it is designed to be stored vertically with the miter saw still mounted to it. It even has 6ʺ wheels to make moving it easy.
Not all job sites or workshops require a dedicated miter saw stand. Quite often, a simple work stand that can bat in a pinch is a better alternative.
To that end, DEWALT, one of the biggest names in power tools, appeals to this versatile demand with the DEWALT DWX725B.
Strictly speaking, this unit skirts the line between the different types of stands, but it is capable of handling many of the more common miter saw cuts.The DEWALT DWX725B is essentially a workshop horse, except it also has the ability to mount a miter saw onto it.
Oddly enough, the mounting brackets are actually fairly limited to DEWALT brand miter saws, so if you do not have a DEWALT miter saw, there is no need to continue further.
That said, this work stand has the highest maximum weight capacity on our list at 1000 pounds, which is twice as much as the next closest competitor. On top of that, the DEWALT DWX725B is also the lightest miter saw stand we found, thanks in a large part to its aluminum frame.
HTC is a unique company on our list in that it is strictly a brand owned by a larger company, Bora Tools – though it did not start out as such.
Regardless, the HTC lineup of Bora Tools makes use of the HTC specialization in mounting hardware and moving equipment. That said, neither of these brands are as well-known outside of their niche focus, which ultimately drops the price well below their competitors.
This is mostly a no-frills kickstand miter saw stand that is primarily a high-value option.
As a kickstand, the HTC PM-4000 may not top the list for any of the most relevant specs, but it will generally meet your needs depending on the type of work you are doing.
If you are making a lot of rough cuts, this product can keep up with the fastest pace with a maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds.
This stand’s primary issue is that, even though it is made out of durable steel, the HTC PM-4000’s legs are too thin and a tad too high-angled. This makes it a bit wobbly – though this causes more of an issue with cut precision than actual risk.
While Bosch may not necessarily have the same, ubiquitous brand-name recognition that DEWALT does, professionals and enthusiasts alike are well aware of the impressive track record and reputation Bosch has built up for itself throughout the more than 130 years of this venerable company’s storied history.
While Bosch is not necessarily known for manufacturing the most powerful power tools, they have made their name by focusing instead on precision and long-term quality. As such, it should come as no surprise that the Bosch T4B is rated as our Editor’s Choice Best-Performing product.
While it is not the only model of its type on our list, it is still hard to deny how great it is that the Bosch T4B is a rolling pneumatic miter saw stand. The hydraulic system makes lifting or lowering the stand a snap with a simple turn of a switch.
In fact, this pneumatic stand sets itself apart from the rest by having the patented Gravity-Rise System, which actually earned Bosch numerous awards for its innovation in the mounted power saw stand market. Aside from the fact that this feature makes setup and breakdown a breeze, it is also noted for being a more reliable hydraulic system over the long run.
Finally, the Bosch T4B comes with self-leveling feet, so you do not have to worry about your project slipping or if the ground is perfectly level.
As a rolling pneumatic miter saw, the Bosch T4B might offer plenty of value upfront, but the value it provides over the long-term truly sets it head and shoulders above the rest of the stands on our list.
For instance, this unit features a frame made out of steel, giving it high durability. Additionally, the various connections and supports of the Bosch T4B are made of aluminum. Even better, the Bosch T4B tops the list in terms of wheel quality by providing 8ʺ wheels made of rubber.
One thing to keep in mind is that this makes the Bosch T4B a great miter saw stand when everything is functioning well, but it can be costly to fix and nearly useless if it fails.
DEWALT is one of the biggest names in power tools and power tool accessories and has a storied history to match the brand name recognition and prestige.
That said, the brand has recently recovered from a bit of a downturn following an acquisition and subsequent decrease in quality by Black+Decker.
Still, DEWALT has been rebranded as the professional series of the Black+Decker brand and has made serious strides in correcting the design flaws that had crept into their products.
It should be noted that DEWALT does not truly innovate much in the saw stand market, but this product has taken many of the best features in the category and offers them at a lower cost than its competitors.
This is an especially nice product because it is both a pneumatic and rolling. This means you do not have to worry about difficult and time-consuming setups or breakdowns.
Instead, you can simply activate the hydraulic commands, and the stand will either rise for use or lower to be moved from place to place.
That is why its 6ʺrubber wheels are such a nice feature, as they allow you to easily transport the DEWALT DWX726. Ultimately, the DEWALT DWX726 is by far one of the better professional miter saw stands we reviewed.
Beyond the convenience inherent to a rolling pneumatic stand, the DEWALT DWX726 goes the extra mile by providing additional beneficial features.
For example, not only does this miter saw stand feature a wheel-mounted frame, you can actually stow the DEWALT DWX726 right along with the mounted tool. Even better, you do not lose any of the space-saving ability of the DEWALT DWX726 as it can be mounted vertically.
The transport system has also been improved with its 3 pneumatic positions.
Ever since the advent of the pneumatic miter saw stands, kickstands were almost always driven to a second-class status by comparison, especially considering that pneumatic miter saw stands are almost always mounted on a rolling frame.
While this makes some sense assuming your job accommodates the limitations of pneumatic miter saw stand, it does not change that fact that the best miter saw stands are simply able to be stronger than pneumatic miter saw stands, and though it may not have truly hit its mark, it does show that there can be benefit to finding the compromise between convenience and strength.
One of the first things you notice about this miter saw stands might also be one of the last things that you truly realize. This may look like some of the rolling pneumatic miter saw stands that you have seen, but this is, in fact, one of the few rolling kickstand miter saw stands that we saw.
This means that you get the convenience and ease of transportation that you would get from a rolling miter saw stand combined with the smaller profile size of the kickstand miter saw stand.
One thing of note is that the DEWALT DW7440RS does not have the significantly higher weight capacity for a kickstand compared to a pneumatic miter saw stand, though it is not too terribly far from the higher-end items we reviewed.
Considering this is a bit of a novel approach aimed at providing the best of both worlds, DEWALT decided to double down and make sure that the entire experience of using the DEWALT DW7440RS was as easy and effortless as possible. For instance, this miter saw stand comes with a padded, retractable handle that makes moving the DEWALT DW7440RS easy without putting any strain on your hands, especially if you leave the attached saw mounted as intended.
On top of that, this miter saw stand also features quick-release latches on the legs to make breaking down the DEWALT DW7440RS when it is time to load up easy, though it should be noted that setting up the DEWALT DW7440RS does take a little bit longer than all of the other miter saw stands reviewed due to the awkward nature of the wheels when releasing the legs.
Frequently asked questions
Rollers come to the fore when you need to move large pieces. On the whole, this is unlikely to be necessary in the average home workshop!
Yes, you can with some stands. If you intend to work with pieces large enough to make an extension necessary, check for a model that allows this and features extension lock levers.
Yes, you can. Get a piece of ¾ foot plywood and make sure it’s 4 or 5 inches deeper than the planer you want to support. Bolt down the plywood to the stand then bolt your planer to the base. Ensure the rollers of the stand sit parallel to the rollers and cutter head on your planer.