Miter Saw / October 29, 2018 / Fiore Calabrese.
These precise miter cuts are made with the downward motion of a circular saw blade that spins with the power of the tools motor. There are several types of miter saw available the standard miter a compound miter and a sliding or compound sliding miter saw. The standard miter has a blade pivot from right to left to cut miters; this saw is however becoming less popular as compound miters have more applications and are only slightly more expensive. Compound miters have the ability to bevel cut or tip the blade to either the left or right side (00 - 500). Some can bevel in both directions allowing operators to miter and bevel within the same cut (-500 through 500). A sliding miter saw is just like a compound miter but with extension rods that allow the saw blade and motor to move forward and back.
Sliding compound miter saws also have a depth cut setting to cut dadoes into materials at a variety of depths - with all these perks however they also tend to be the most expensive. With so much variety within the miter saw community it can be difficult to discern which miter saw best suits your specific degree of need. It is true that professional builders generally require an entirely different saw than those craftsmen engaging only in simple home repairs. Ultimately despite this surplus of options there is a right miter saw for every craftsmen. Beginning for our contractors and Bravehearts with the most heavy-duty high-quality miter saws on the market today Makita Festool and Bosch each build machines capable of reinventing the miter saw as we know it.
Some saws can also be hooked up to a shop-vacuum for easier disposal and better collection. Upkeep: Brushes: Be certain to check your brushes every-so-often for wear and tear. Its important to keep healthy brushes in your tools for performance purposes but it also helps in diagnosing a problem. If you already know the condition of your brushes you either know the brushes are bad or that the problem lies somewhere else. Power Cords:Check power cords for cracks or fraying. Faulty cords will obviously prevent power from getting to your tools but they also present a safety hazard. Additionally if you must use an extension cord use the shortest length possible reach your project. Cleanliness: Keep the tool blown out and your parts clean and tight.
A distinguishing characteristic of a miter saw is the rounded miter index that allows the angle of the blade to be changed relative to the "fence" the bar that holds your stock in place. The protractor-shaped index often has pre-designated "stops" so you can quickly swing the saw head to the angle you want and lock it in place. The Makita LS1040 has nine stops: four to the left and right and the 90-degree straight cut setting. I had previously used a friends mitre saw at a job site and had experienced some trouble with the grip which didnt fit my hand very well. So that was definitely one of the features I considered before choosing the Makita. My new saw has a vertical grip design with a thumb-activated safety switch that lets me use the saw comfortably with either hand. The large paddle trigger is easy to squeeze no matter how Im holding the handle. Motor and Blade Brake There are a number of motor sizes used in miter saws. The LS1040 has a 15-amp motor which is one of the larger motors found on this size of compound mitre saws. Ive found that I can easily cut through tough hardwoods with this powerful motor.