I love my old Delta Compound Miter saw. I have a fairly basic model, but it does what it is designed to do: make straight cuts at measured angles. But with basic saws you do miss out on some cool features of more expensive models.
Like laser guides, for instance.
I usually make a pretty accurate cut, but when I found that Irwin makes a Miter Saw Laser Guide accessory that works with most miter saws, I had to try it.
Installation of the Irwin Laser Guide was straightforward. You just replace the outside washer of the saw blade with the laser guide, and bolt it back on. The laser activates automatically when the saw blade starts spinning. And that's all there is to it - the basic saw now has a laser that accurately marks the cut point of the saw blade. Neat!
There are a couple of downsides. The first is that the automatic activation means that blade needs to move to get the laser to draw. I wish I could manually turn it on instead, as it seems unnecessarily risky to activate the saw just to check a measurement. The second downside is common to most laser guides, and that is that the laser is nearly impossible to see when the saw is being used outdoors on a sunny day.
But hey, for only $25, the Irwin Miter Saw Laser Guide is a great accessory for an inexpensive miter saw.