Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews on Evolution mitre saws. This brand is now known as Evolution Power tools. Their mitre saws are very popular with for those of us who enjoy our DIY projects or making home improvements.
Many people in the trade are also starting to purchase Evolution mitre saws.
The main reason for this popularity is their price point which makes the Evolution brand highly affordable for almost anyone.
The Evolution brand truly are at the right sort of price for most budgets in the UK. They bring the whole range of mitre saws into the affordable price bracket. They range in price from around £70-£100 for the basic models and up to around £300 for their top of the range models.
When compared to other brands such as Dewalt then you can see that they compare very well in the pricing and affordability of their products.
They used to offer two distinct lines which they branded as the RAGE(Orange colour) and the FURY (green colour). That has disappeared and now they are marketed as Evolution Power Tools, though you may still see RAGE and FURY in the product names.
Buying Tips for Evolution Mitre Saws
Before you spend any of your hard earned cash, we want to offer you some very important buying tips to ensure you avoid any costly mistakes. It is important to know exactly what you are buying before parting with your money.
Two Types of Evolution Mitre Saws
There are two distinct types of mitre saw:
- Compound Mitre Saw - This is a basic mitre saw that will allow you do straight, mitre and bevel cuts. These are limited to the width of the wood they can cut. The average price for these is £70-£100
- Sliding Compound Mitre Saw - This is a sliding mitre saw that will allow you do straight, mitre, bevel cuts and compound cuts. This sliding saw allows you to cut larger widths such as high skirting board and floor boards. The average price for these is £120-£250
We have shown these different widths below, and it can make a huge difference, depending on what you are trying to cut. Most people use these for doing skirting boards so the cutting width is very important.
Compound Mitre Saw
Straight Cut 125mm x 55mm
Mitre Cut 85mm x 55mm
Bevel Cut 125mm x 35mm
Sliding Compound Mitre Saw
Straight Cut 300mm x 80mm
Mitre Cut 210mm x 80mm
Bevel Cut 300mm x 45mm
Compound Cut 210mm x 45mm
A compound cut is a combination of a mitre and bevel cut.
This should be your main decision. For cutting trim, making frames, small skirting boards etc a compound mitre saw is what you need. For anything wider, you will have to pay a bit more and get a sliding mitre saw.
Evolution Power Tools R210CMS Compound Mitre Saw
92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews
This is the Evolution Power Tools best selling mitre saw
It is part of their RAGE range and allows you to cut steel, aluminium and wood (even wood with nails), using just one blade
It uses a a 210 mm blade diameter with a 25.4 mm bore diameter and the blade is multi-material and has 24 teeth
It can cut 0-45 Degree bevel and 45-45 Degree mitre settings, 125 x 55 maximum cross cut capacity
It comes with a top hold down clamp, a 6 mm blade change Allen key and a dust bag
This model has a 1,200 watt motor
The saw weighs 5.7Kg so easy enough to move around.
There is also a 110V version of this
Evolution Power Tools R255SMS+ Sliding Compound Saw
94% buyer satisfaction based on 600+ online buyer reviews
This model measures 73 x 70.5 x 36 cm and weighs 15.3 Kg
The saw can cut a variety of materials such as mild steel, wood even with embedded nails, aluminium, plastic, copper and more thanks to the 28 tooth TCT blade
It has a large 300 x 80 mm cutting capacity ideal for cutting copper pipe, plastic pipe, aluminium channel, cable tray, armoured cable, scaffold boards, skirting board, architraves, MDF etc
This model comes with a R255-TCT multi-material blade (28 teeth) with a 255 mm blade diameter and 25.4 mm bore diameter.
It also has dual quick release clamps, a slide rail protector, a dust collection bag and a dust port adaptor for use with vacuum extraction
It also has integrated carry handles and a 3 metre power cable
Evolution Power Tools R185SMS+ Sliding Compound Saw
96% buyer satisfaction based on 250+ online buyer reviews
This is a 185 mm sliding saw with a 1200 watt motor
It measures 44.5 x 43.5 x 31.5 cm and weighs 10 Kg
It comes with a 20 tooth TCT blade with a 185mm diameter and a 20mm bore
It also comes with a multi-material blade a 3-pieces hold down clamp, a dust collection bag and a dust port adaptor
It can do straight cuts 45 degree bevel, and 50 degree mitre
Evolution Power Tools 053-0001A R255SMS-DB+ Double Bevel Multi-Material Sliding Mitre Saw with Plus Pack
92% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews
This is one of the most expensive the Evolution Power Tools mitre saws
It is called a pack as along with the saw you get a blade for cutting wood (255mm), a Multi-Material blade (255mm), a top clamp, front clamp, and a dust bag
The motor is larger at 2,000 watts so more powerful and it has an optimised gearbox
This model also has laser guidance, a trench cut facility, 300 mm slide, 0˚ - 45˚ double bevel and 50° - 50° mitre settings, which covers all common cutting angles and a large 300 x 80mm straight cutting capacity
Are The Evolution Saws Good Quality?
Almost instantly when you see products that are at a cheaper price, you start to think about the quality. A basic Dewalt will cost around £200 whereas a basic Evolution will cost around £70-£100. That does make you think about the quality and if the cheaper product is any good.
The answer is pretty simple though in that the Evolution brand aimed to fill a particular market for many home owners and people who enjoyed working on various home projects.
Does your average person who wants to do a few jobs around the home like fitting some skirting, or doing a bit of coving really want to spend £200 buying an expensive saw? The answer to that is no and that is why other brands like Evolution came in and tried to cater for the average person who will do a bit of DIY from time to time.
In my opinion the Evolution products stack up pretty well but they are not at the high end of the quality chain. That said, I have used them and they work really well and certainly get the job done. In many ways it is a bit like buying a car.
If you want to travel in the ultimate style then a Rolls Royce would be one of the ultimate drives. A Ford Focus will get you there just the same and is a heck of a lot cheaper. That is exactly what Evolution have done and have done it rather well.
Evolution Powertools Warranty
Evolution Powertools offer a 3 years limited warranty (only valid if purchased in the UK)
Difference between 230 Volts vs 110 Volt Mitre Saws
The 110 volt models buyers often confuse with being either European or American. That isn't actually the case though. In the UK, safety standards introduced the 110 volt power tools as a safer method of work.
These are always recommended in most construction sites now.
You would not buy a 110 volt one for the house. If you were working in construction then this would be the best choice. These work off a step down transformer, which is usually available on site from a generator. Otherwise you will need to buy one of these to make your 110 volt mitre saw work.
Evolution used to do a few 100V options, but from what we have read, they appear to have only a couple left in that small range where they use an industrial plug.
Evolution Saw Blades
Evolution also do a range of blades and again these are popular with many buyers. They come in different sizes and also for use on different materials. Their best selling blade is the multi-purpose one as it can cut through just about anything. It will come down to the type of finish that you want at the end of the day. The good news is that you do have plenty of choices.
- Evolution Fury Multipurpose Blade 210 mm
- Evolution Diamond Blade 255 mm
- Evolution Rage Multipurpose TCT Blade 255 mm
- Evolution Rage Multipurpose TCT Blade
Evolution Mitre Saw Stand
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Evolution also do their own stand which is suitable for any of their range of saws. The average cost for this is in and around £75 depending on where you buy it.
This stand is also compatible with virtually all makes of mitre saw. It has convenient folding legs. That makes it easy to store or to take with you, wherever you need it.
It also has very useful extendable support arms. Those allow you to work with longer work pieces. To top it off there are also handy quick release brackets.