Anatomy of a Winner

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Bosch 5412L

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The Bosch 5412L has superb cutting range and performance. It features large pullout extensions that expand the table to 40 inches wide, and sliding fence extensions that stretch even farther to help stabilize large stock for accurate cutting. The table wings also have a flip-up stop for making repetitive cuts up to 20 inches. The adjustable handle is easy to rotate for the optimum cutting position, even for lefties. The top carrying handle and cord wrap on the back are nice touches, too, but our favorite feature is the bevel adjustment accessed from the front of the tool. Both the bevel range and lock/release controls are by the miter handle, and the large offset pointers on the bevel scale offer great upfront visibility.

Shadow Line Cut Indicator

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DeWalt has developed an interesting alternative to laser line indicators with its new shadow line indicator. Bright LEDs illuminate both sides of the blade and project its shadow in a narrow line across the workpiece. It's pretty effective, but you still must lower the saw's head close to the work to see the line accurately.