The Tool Scout is a member of Amazon Associates. We earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Learn more.
One aspect of any cordless tool that should be a given, is the ability to transport and carry it easily, and that is why the Ryobi P551 miter saw is one which appeals greatly to those who work in multiple locations.
Ryobi is a very popular brand with a worldwide reputation for producing quality tools and accessories across a range of disciplines. Their P551 cordless miter saw has been in production for around 7 years, and it is safe to say that if it has been around that long, it is a popular product.
For anyone who either cuts wood as part of their profession, for example, carpenters, or as part of a hobby, this cordless miter saw has great appeal. For professionals, it may not have the full range of options that a sliding compound miter saw may have, but it will allow you to carry out the vast of majority of cuts that you are likely to need. The same applies to DIY hobbyists who should be able to use this for almost all their projects.
In addition, the fact that this miter saw is portable provides a degree of flexibility in terms of the locations in which you can use, that some larger, but fixed, miter saws cannot give you.
As with many cordless miter saws, this is a 'tool only' purchase; therefore, you will need to buy a battery and appropriate charger beforehand, in order to use it.
The saw does come with the blade, which is 7-1/4 inches in diameter, and you will also receive the blade wrench, which is needed anytime you remove and replace the blade. Lastly, but certainly not least, there is the user's manual, which will also include the essential safety instructions.
Two words which we can definitely associate with this miter saw, are lightweight and portable. It weighs just 19 lbs. albeit without the battery, but even with that connected, it is still going to be easy to carry any location.
This is helped by the fact the saw has an ergonomically designed handle which you obviously carry it with, but this also makes operating the saw much more comfortable.
With a carbide tipped blade, the cuts should be clean and precise, and the options you have for those cuts are impressive. Beveling between 0 and 45 degrees can be done, and that includes 9 pre-set stops.
There is also a cross-cutting capacity of 4-1/4 inches. Additional features include a dust removal system, a spindle lock for whenever the blade needs replacing, and for those who want to set up each cut as accurately as possible, there is a laser guide to help you.
Using a miter saw is not really something we can teach in one or two paragraphs. Besides, you may already be experienced in using one and simply need to follow the setup instructions for this one to proceed. If, on the other hand, you are a beginner, we suggest that you search for some videos on a site like YouTube, where seeing how a miter saw operates will be more beneficial than us trying to put it all into words.
What we can say to beginners and experts alike is to make sure that you read all the safety information in relation to using this miter saw, even if you have used one before. Bear in mind each brand will have its own nuances in relation to how it operates and that applies to the safe use of it.
Generic advice we wish to give includes to always wear safety gloves, a dust mask, and eye protection. Finally, to ensure each job you do is done correctly, always plan it, mark your material carefully, and operate the miter saw as intended.
If you like the Ryobi P551, but feel it doesn't quite offer enough features, then a great alternative, manufactured by the same company, is the Ryobi P3650B Cordless Sliding Dual Bevel Compound Miter Saw. To give you an idea of its pedigree, this miter saw actually won an industry award.
Specific features include dual-bevel configuration, so the capacity for you to make cuts of all types and angles is there. Other features include a dust bag, a spindle lock for changing the blade, and an electric brake for safety when you finish a cut.
Like the P511, you need to purchase batteries, with the difference being that the P3650B uses two. This means the motor has twice the cutting force, with 36 volts powering it, instead of just 18 volts.
For anyone looking for a good cordless miter saw that has all basics right, is easily portable, and isn't going to break the bank to buy one, then the Ryobi P551 18V One+ Cordless Miter Saw with Laser is bound to be high on their list of options. It comes from a great brand, has a laser guide to make cuts easier, and even the handle has been designed to make any job you do with it easier.