About Dewalt and Black and Decker: a few years ago B&D ran into a lot of bad press (justly deserved) and, needing a good name, went out and bought DW. Beyond that, B&D is D-I-Y level and DW is professional.
When looking at Craftsman, one can never really tell who made it for all the best names have taken turns - Bosch, P-C, DW, Ryobi. They just made the stuff to Sears' specs.
I have a whole slew of Craftsman tools (all pro level) and haven't been happier. I even added in DW and P-C when I deemed their tool to be better. I even have a 40 year old heavier than lead B&D belt sander which I wouldn't trade for anything.
For compound miter saws - if you do not want a slider, 10 inch is probably better.
The big deal with these saws is length of bed and height of back. Higher and wider is better. Of prime importance is positive stops with no slop when engaged.
If ever a slider is considered, a little less saw can be tolerated as the slide makes up for the difference in blade size. Of prime importance is the slide mechanism as a single slide bar allows for too much play resulting in sloppy cuts. 2 bar sliders are best.
No matter what is chosen, a motor mounted on top of the blade is better as the blade can tip further than one mounted on the side, and the back does not need to be cut to allow the motor to dip.
| >I am debating the following 3 model's,
| > Ryobi 12 In. Compound laser miter saw Model TS1551DXL ($199)
| > DeWalt 12 In. Compound Miter Saw Model DW705S ($299)
| > RIDGID 12 In. Compound Miter Saw Model MS1250LZ ($299)
| >would anyone please give me some suggestions? looks like the Ryobi got
| >the laser, it that very important?
| >Thanks in advance.