Milwaukee has announced that they’ve come out with a new miter saw stand, 48-08-0551, and it’s lighter and more compact than their previous stand, 48-08-0550.
Thank goodness! Their older miter saw stand is a robust beast, but also unusually wide, bulky, and heavy. It’s not very portable.
This new Milwaukee miter saw stand was designed with portability in mind. When collapsed for storage or transport, it measures 43″ long. With the arms fully extended, it spans 100″.
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It weighs in at 31 lbs, compared to the older stand’s 56 lbs.
The older stand had built-in wheels and a pull-along handle, along with a centered carrying handle.
The new one has a carrying handle, and there will also be an optional carrying strap.
Despite its smaller size and lighter weight, the new Milwaukee miter saw stand can still support loads of up to 500 lbs. Its main support structure is made from aluminum, and the legs and support extensions are made from steel.
There’s a new optional table top accessory, 48-08-0552, which serves as a place to rest your blueprints, marking tools, tape measure, fasteners, or other such things. There’s a recessed storage tray for securing items that are prone to rolling, such as pencils.
The saw comes with one set of tool brackets, and the extendable work supports are built-in. There looks to be an adjustable foot, for leveling or stabilizing the saw stand on uneven ground.
The extending support arms have height-adjustable work supports with flip-over stops.
The tool brackets can fit Milwaukee’s M18 Fuel sliding miter saw, as well as other brands’ saws. You can buy additional brackets (48-08-0554) for $25 per set.
- Table Top (48-08-0552): $25
- Carrying Strap (48-08-0553): $15
- Additional Brackets (48-08-0554): $25
ETA: June 2017
Although not optimistic about the price, this looks like a competitive miter saw stand.
I’ve used Milwaukee’s older miter saw stand, 48-08-0550, and while it is sturdy, its size and weight are completely impractical. I also found it to be awkward to set up and take down. Other brands’ full-size miter saw stands are often just as long, but they’re lighter, narrower, and much more easily moved and handled.
The inexpensive add-on table top accessory is a potential plus, although it’s something you can easily make for other brands’ miter saw stands with an extra set of tool brackets and some plywood, MDF, or other sheet material.
If I were in the market for a portable miter saw stand, and ignoring the price for a moment, this model would make it to my shortlist.