Miter Saw / October 27, 2018 / Evelin Nordin.
The GCM12SD in its perfect completeness also offers best in class dust collection at 90% dust efficiency when cutting 2x material with a vacuum attached to its integrated standard dual-purpose dust port. The new axial-glide design also expands the miter saws cutting capacity to 14" horizontally 6.5" vertically against the fence (base) and 6.5" when cutting crown against the fence (45 degree spring) for the most optimal usability. Additionally the saws etched stainless steel easy-to-read miter scale aligns with 10 adjustable miter detents allowing you to cut unique angles with accurate detents over the saws 52° left to 60° right miter range. Furthermore two 33.9° bevel stops are conveniently integrated and the saws high-visibility scale enables front bevel angle adjustments from 0 - 47° left or right. Situated conveniently at the front of the saw its push-button miter detent override additionally offers fractional adjustments for the most precise cut-lines.
How often will you use it? What will you need to cut? Where (shop garage job site) will you work with it? and etc. Having a plan and a budget before you begin looking seriously for your miter saw will help you make a better decision. Cutting Capacity: The most popular and most universal miter saws typically offer a 10-inch or 12-inch cutting capacity. Though you will find miter saws with capacities that are both larger and smaller than this I recommend most users stay within those parameters. Across the board a 12-inch sliding compound miter saw offers the greatest cutting capacity but it will also be a more expensive heavier tool. Choosing between a compound and a sliding compound miter saw then requires a few considerations.
When searching for high-end power tools at a low price craftsmen should also look for reconditioned tools. Reconditioned tools or recons although sometimes hard to come by are an extremely great value bringing craftsmen the highest-performance tools at a tiny fraction of regular cost. Recons for some minor cosmetic or technical defect have been returned to the manufacturer for stringent inspection and restoration processes. These tools are tested and restored to meet rigid manufacturer standards and are then re-released with a "R" trailing the model number. This little "R" (and potentially hundreds of dollars) is truly the only difference between a brand new tool and a recon. The value with these tools is truly a no-brainer; when recons are available snatch them up as an incomparable investment. Dewalts DW718R and DW716R miter saws are tremendous examples of the value of buying reconditioned.
There are three basic types available; the power miter saw compound miter saw or sliding compound miter saw. The power miter saw is a basic model that is good for a person who only intends to make simple cuts of 90 degrees or less such as the cuts necessary for trimming studs to frame a house. A compound miter saw is more versatile than the simpler power model since it adjusts for both miter and bevel cuts. Sliding compound models are more advanced and most versatile model of all miter saws. Because the motor and blade assembly is mounted on a movable arm this saw is perfect for accommodating longer pieces of wood while still performing beautiful cuts on smaller pieces as well. If the project you are doing around the house is quite extensive you might want to consider also purchasing a miter saw stand. The stand is one of the most important elements of a miter saw setup. If the saw does not have a good stable place to sit operating the machine will be frustrating and tedious. A stand will also provide a place for very long pieces of wood to rest while being cut. The purpose you intend to use the saw for will determine what type of stand you should purchase.