By miter saw I'm inferring you mean a chop saw, either abrasive disk or a cold-cutting saw with a carbide-tooth blade. An abrasive chop saw is noisy, messy (very) but it can make a nice cut and is fairly cheap. You can find them at most tool retailers for less than $200 and the differences between brands probably doesn't matter a whole lot. There are several threads about them on this forum. Beware, the sparks can set dry grass or paper on fire and that can be exciting. Cold-cutting carbide saws are neater (no grinding dust or sparks, just shrapnel) but can be pricey with a larger blade. I have a 7" cold-cut Evolution Rage 4 and the size limit is a hassle.
New band-saw choices below $200 are pretty sparse. I picked up a cheapie Chinese Porta-Band lookalike because I had a discount coupon. It was about $150 and it seems to be good enough. Being hand-held it is, by definition, not a precision cutting device. The accessory base makes it more convenient to use but it's still a saw, not a scalpel. For a more-useful larger band-saw you're going to lay out several hundred dollars. Again, search for threads on this forum.
I committed a cardinal sin to some.....found a well-used Makita miter saw intended to cut wood at a yard sale for $40. Equipped with an abrasive metal-cutting disk, it has lasted through 10+ years of pretty tough use and I can't fault it. Your mileage may vary. The ten-inch disk is a limitation on the size of material you can cut through without flipping the work over, and the "real" chop saws typically have 14" disks which can be a compelling reason to go that route. If the Makita blows up, it will be replaced with a 14" model.
Hope this helps....
Last edited by canoecruiser; 06-10-2012 at 11:28 PM.
Reason: Rage 2 to Rage 4. See, used so little I don't remember the name.
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