Sliding compound miter saws have grown from the 8 1/2-inch saw introduced by Hitachi in 1988 to models with larger blades and a variety of features that save time and enhance accuracy. While most of these saws use bigger blades, a new class of saw also has emerged-compact sliding compound saws that come with 8 1/2-inch and even 7 1/4-inch blades and fewer of the features the big guys have. Some are corded, others run on lithium-ion batteries. But all are lighter, smaller, and less expensive than their full-sized cousins. For some carpenters and builders, they will prove exactly the right choice. Read More