questionswhat is the best type of miter saw to buy for…

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Depends if you will be using it for one project, or if you are expecting to use it regularly over several years.

If it's this project only, go with something from Craigslist or a pawn shop. While the angles may not be 'accurate' going by the built-in gauge, if you verify the angle when you set it, you should be OK.

If you want a keeper, I'd suggest a sliding compound miter saw from one of the 'better' manufacturers. Mine is a Ryobi, and I've been very pleased with it.

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You can cut crown moulding with any compound miter saw. Just be sure your angles are accurate. I purchased a task force from lowes and it has done a really good job over the years, but the lasting durability isn't what youd get on a dewalt or a steel city

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I would check out the reviews at http://toolshedreview.com. There's some good info there, helped me immensely when I bought my mitre.

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I bought one from Harbor Freight based largely on price, since it is not something I planned on using a ton (though I've already used it more than I expected). Their 12" double-bevel saw looks pretty good and tilts both ways for ease of use, but I have not used it.
I bought their 10" sliding miter saw because it cuts wide boards and stock up to 4" thick. They have a few models so you need to be careful to get the right one. The 61972 is the good one - the others are a little different and seem to have more problems. My local store had it in-stock and on sale (most things are almost always "on sale" at HF), with a coupon, making it under $90. You can not beat it for the price. If money were no object I would have bought a Dewalt, but that isn't the case. Mine does not have a laser but I don't feel they are necessary.

Also, Home Depot had 2-packs of decent 60-tooth blades for the same exact price as singles! B&M, YMMV, but I think that's normal. Threw one in my table saw - bonus.