There is no denying the need for a mains-powered, dual-bevel, slide compound mitre saw for heavy use onsite and in workshops – especially one with a pile of great features like the AEG.
The AEG 1800W dual-bevel slide compound mitre saw is robust. You can feel the quality in the aluminium frame and moving/sliding components. It has a market-leading 70-degree mitre capacity, making it the only saw that can safely make these unique cuts, and dual-bevel adjustment makes for quick angle changes with less material handling. An LED cut line and work light mean good visibility and improved accuracy of cuts.
Test 1: Brute Power
The 1800W motor has a no-load speed of 4800rpm and it purred along as we put the blade through pine and timber. To test the motor, I leaned the saw over to its maximum bevel and mitre. I figured that would expose any weakness in a compound mitre saw, and to its credit there was zero sign of strain. Neither blade nor motor slowed.
This saw is built for heavy-duty use with high-end precision finishes.
Test 2: Cut Quality
The precision of the cut for higher-end quality dress finishes is where you can tell the difference between an okay product and a great product. As you can see from the images, there wasn’t a single splinter out of place on any of the cuts, even the compound cuts. I couldn’t fault it. The saw itself comes with a 254mm x 48T (Arbor 30mm) blade which also gave a great result.
Test 3: Feel And Adjustment
As any tradie will tell you, the quality of a tool is often a mixture of the performance of its set task and the way it sits and feels in the hand. It’s true of the AEG 1800W dual-bevel slide compound mitre saw. Having market-leading, 70-degree mitre capacity is enormous, and there will be a lot of builders and chippies happy about the dual bevel and mitre capabilities for roof frames.
The operational feel and ergonomics of the saw are very nice, with solid and accurate detents on the standard mitre/bevel angles. It’s a smooth process to adjust and slide between angles.
On the mitre front, there is a quick-release mitre lock which was a nice inclusion and easy to find and use.
The mitre stops (L/R) are: 0º, 15º, 22.5º, 31.6º, 45º, 60º and 67.5º. The bevel stops (L/R) are: 0º, 15º, 22.5º, 33.9º and 45º.
No-load speed: 4800rpm
Cutting capacity (90/45) :
89mm x 305mm/38mm x 305mm
Max mitre/bevel: 70º/48º
Product weight: 24.6kg
Warranty: 6 year tool
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
I’ll be the first to admit it was a little weird when the AEG 1800W dual-bevel slide compound mitre saw came out of the box and I actually had to plug it in to the mains. It was weird because in the years I’ve been working with WTW it was the first tool I can remember plugging in. But after setting up the saw and squeezing the trigger you could market-leading, 70-degree mitre capacity is enormous, and there will be a lot of feel every ounce of the 1800W of power, and looking at the beautiful clean edge of the cut spoke of precision and quality. There are a lot of inclusions you would expect, like a built-in dust-collection port for use with a vacuum system, even though the included dust-collection bag did a great job at collecting dust on its own.
I believe the AEG 1800W dual-bevel slide compound mitre saw is punching well above its price point of just under $500, and the AEG stand provided for me to sit the saw on was a great addition. It made life easy by offering a solid, mobile, cutting platform.
For more information visit www.aegpowertools.com.au