Miter Saw / November 19, 2018 / Pernilla Lund.
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.
This also allows you to push the tool directly against a wall for use with literally zero clearance behind it and because the saw is insanely compact (weighing only 65 lbs) its simple to use in cramped low-space work-spaces and convenient to store and transport. In place of the sliding rail interface of former saws 12 sealed ball bearings make up the GCM12SDs new enclosed system one that maintains its integrity for essentially all-time providing the smoothest blade movement and vastly better control. Because this system is also enclosed its bearings and rollers wont accumulate jobsite debris thus ensuring it remains with a glide like nobodys business for its entire life-cycle. The thing also features a glide damper allowing you to adjust the saws resistance changing the "glide" mechanism as you see fit. Built with a totally transparent lower guard the saw additionally ensures youll have completely unimpaired visibility through each cut.
With the exception of Bosch miter saws whose bevel controls are conveniently up-front most saws bevel controls are placed at the back of the saw. While this is typical and more-or-less intentional it has proved less ergonomic than up-front access. Extension Wings: To increase cutting capacities some saws are also built with slide-out extension wings to support larger boards. While in theory this is a great feature unless you invest in a more expensive tool these wings are often not all theyre cracked up to be. Conversely on a more high-quality saw theyre a definitely a convenient extra.
A saw with a compound feature is called as compound miter saw or CMS. - A slide allows the cutting blade to be moved several inches along the cutting plane which in turn allows the cutting blade to make cuts which are longer than the diameter of the blade. A slide which combines the features of slide and compound miter saw is called as sliding compound miter saw or SCMS. - A laser guide gives the exact indication of where the cut will be made in the work piece in the arrangement. - A blade guard is a cover for the sharp teeth of the cutting blade. Most modern saws have a self retracting blade guard which automatically retract when the blade is lowered onto a work piece and re-cover the blade when it is raised. One question that a lot of people have when they are buying a miter saw is just how wide of a cut can be made with this particular saw. In this article we will look at how big a cut a 10 inch miter saw can make since they are by far the most common size. We will also discuss what you can do if you need to make a bigger cut. A standard 10 inch miter saw can handle cuts of up to six inches in most cases.