A carpenter is only as good as the tools he uses. A trim carpenter can’t do good work without a good miter saw. There is no way to make a decent cut with a bad saw. In order to get a miter cut to meet well it has to be cut incredibly smoothly and extremely accurately. Those results can’t be achieved with a cheap saw.
That is why a good carpenter will not try to do trim work with a used blade. A fine cut requires an extremely sharp blade. When I was trimming houses I got in the habit of buying a new blade with every house, even when the old blade was undoubtedly still sharp.
Though a 10 inch saw will do almost any trim that is required to trim the average house these days, if you are going to be doing upscale homes with the wide trim that is common in them, you will need to get your hands on a twelve inch saw. And since prices are coming down every day, it’s just as well to buy a sliding miter saw. They are not too expensive and will cut very wide boards. There is no problem even cutting a one by twelve with a twelve inch slider.
But the one problem with a big sliding miter saw is that they are extremely heavy. It’s not like a ten inch saw that you can just grab and go with. A twelve inch saw will break your back if you try. When you buy the big saw will be the day that you finally invest in a good rolling miter saw stand.
Even though a rolling stand is not my first choice in stands, because they are heavy in and of themselves, they should be the first choice here. While a good light collapsible stand can be the right choice for a saw that is easy to haul by itself since you can pair it with the stand and haul each in separately.
Since a twelve incher is so heavy itself, it makes sense to pick up a rolling saw stand to get the saw from place to place. Wheel it out of the shop and haul it into the truck, the wheel it out of the truck and into the house you are going to be trimming. If you buy one of the gravity rise saw stands, you won’t have to fight with raising up the stand against the weight of the saw.
If you get it right, you will be able to work in the upscalest of the upscale houses without having to sacrifice your back for the sake of your art.