The WEN 12-Inch Sliding Compound Miter Saw has a 12-inch, 60-tooth carbide-tipped blade to handle tough, uncut and large materials. At a modest 41 pounds, it may not be light enough for portability, but it could be moved around a workroom or jobsite when needed. The attached dust bag helps with cleanup and excess debris.
The one-inch arbor lock allows for interchangeable blades. It has a 15-amp, 4,300 RPM, no-load motor that allows for power, control and precision. It has a cutting capacity of 2 x 12 inches, and the sliding function allows for a 12-inch reach. This should help with wider cuts of wood such as baseboards, decking and perhaps framing lumber. It should have the capacity for door and window frames as well. The saw has an electric brake for safer operation and improved accuracy.
This saw has a left bevel range of 45 degrees. Miter cuts range from 0 to 60 degrees left and 0 to 52.5 degrees right. Dual material support arms provide extra stability as does the included hold-down clamp. The overhead horizontal handle should provide optimal control of the arm. If you are a lefty, note that the safety is only designed for right-handed users. The work table is made of sturdy machined aluminum. The saw also comes equipped with an extra set of carbon brushes. Wen provides a one-year limited warranty for this miter saw.
This saw is designed to be simple to use, so its features are somewhat limited. If you are a beginner, this may be a good miter saw to use to start your woodworking hobby. It does not contain an onboard laser guide or an overhead LED light. It is designed to be ready to go with little assembly out of the box, so setup should be fairly straightforward even for a newbie. Experienced craftsmen may appreciate the price if they need a saw for intermittent projects or need a quick replacement to finish up a job.
This WEN miter saw should have enough power for most cutting jobs and has enough allowance for wider pieces of wood. It is simple enough for any beginner to use. It may be a good saw for a first-timer or as a backup miter saw in a wood shop for a pro user.