Miter Saw / October 26, 2018 / Daniela Nilsson.
The world of high-performance miter saws though offers craftsmen a kind of double-edged sword. Because the tools can perform so many applications because theyre built in many different sizes with different features focuses and benefits choosing the best miter saw for your life and work-load can be surprisingly difficult. Accordingly Ive put together the below information to help guide you (or compound slide you) in the right direction. Features and Considerations You: Ultimately the first point to consider is not necessarily on or about the miter saw at all. Instead your first thoughts should be about how you are going to use the tool.
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.
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.
Miter saws can be used in a woodworking shop as a permanently installed tool or on the jobsite as a portable or semi-portable unit. I will discuss the construction of miter saw tables appropriate to both types of installations. The purpose of a miter saw table is two-fold: (1) to elevate the saw to a comfortable working height for the operator and (2) to provide a surface to the left and/or right of the saw for the extension of the fence and to provide support for long materials while being cut. If you have ever tried to cut a 45-degree miter at one end of a 2 x 6 x 12 you know why a miter saw table or roller stand is absolutely required. Very often miter saws are used to make repetitive cuts of the same length.