Rigid Miter Saw
If you have spent anytime building with wood you will have encountered the need to make a compound angle cut. There are several ways that you can do this but far and away the easiest is with the Ridgid MS1065LZA 28513 10-Inch Compound Miter Saw with Laser. A compound miter saw will allow you to set both the angle and the bevel before you start cutting, ensuring that you get an accurate and clean compound angle cut.
All miter saws will alloy you to adjust the angle so that you can make cuts of up to 45 degrees to the left or to the right. It is becoming more and more common for some of the better compound miter saws like the Ridgid MS1065LZA to allow you to go slightly beyond 45 degrees. Although not essential this is a useful feature that can allow you to get your work done faster since you won't need to switch sides as often. When choosing a compound miter saw you want to make sure that the miter gauge is easy to adjust and easy to read. There should be hard stops at the most common angles as well as the ability to set the angle to make any cut that you need.
The difference between a compound miter saw and a standard miter saw is, not surprisingly the ability to make compound angle cuts. That means that you can make a cut that is both angled and bevelled at the same time. If you have spent any time as a woodworker you have certainly found this necessary. A compound miter saw should allow you to tilt the saw by to up to 45 degrees in each direction in order to cut bevels. Some of the better saws will allow you to tilt them in both directions, this can save you an enormous amount of time.
The size of a miter saw is determined by the size of it's blade, the bigger the saw the larger the piece of wood you will be able to cut. However an increase in size comes with an increase in price so you need to really think about just how big of a saw you actually need. The smallest size is normally 8 inches, this is the cheapest option but it is also quite limited in what it can do, most people find a larger size to be necessary. The largest option is usually twelve inches, these will cut through pretty much anything but they are quite expensive. Most people find the 10 inch to a good middle ground, it can cut most pieces and comes at a reasonable price.
One way that you can increase the cutting capacity of a compound miter saw is by getting one that slides. A sliding compound miter saw will allow you to pull the saw through the piece of wood after the saw has been lowered. This can significantly increase the size that you can cut. Another useful feature that you should consider is a laser guide, there is no easier way to make an accurate cut than using the Ridgid MS1065LZA miter saw