Here's the problem with miter saws: The ones capable of making the angled cuts you need, say, for wide deck rails or crown molding, are too big to haul to the place where you're doing the work. Not so with the Bosch CM8S Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw.

The 12-amp, 37-pound tool is nearly 30 percent lighter than most models yet features an 8 1/2-inch blade – large enough to cut 2x8s or molding 2 3/4 inches high. It has the balance and handle of a tool that's designed to be carried and the power to make the cuts when you get there. [$469;]