Miter Saw / November 15, 2018 / OdeletteGervais.
The saws all metal bevel lock lever and range selector are also integrated perfectly into the front of the saw eliminating the need for users to crawl around the thing to make adjustments. The tools soft-grip trigger handle is also ergonomic and ambidextrous for the most comfortable use for every craftsman. The GCM12SD additionally boasts Boschs high-precision Squarelock fence famous for requiring no adjustments its one touch lock/unlock slide and its always stable fence support. Precision machining also ensures the two-piece fence is always aligned to the table top at exactly 90° to produce cuts accurate enough to predict the weather (so to speak). Each side of the miter saw also sports integrated expanding base extensions or material supports that pull-out and lock into position to provide 40 inches left-to-right material support - thats a full 60% more than the leading competitor.
Motor Placement: Some saws are built with the motor fixed above of the blade. This makes for easier bevel cuts (especially in thick stock) and typically offers a better line of site while working. Although there is more to every miter saw than the few features listed above these points should help you find the right path to the right saw. Between big cutting capacities bevel adjustments and sliding-tubes there is a miter saw out there that will perfectly compliment your needs. This fact of course brings us right back to our first consideration - that at the end of the day the most important part of any miter saw is its operator.
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.
All miter saws come with a left and right fence that connect in the middle of the saw. These standard fences are very accurate and great for perpendicular cutting. Because they are aluminum however they can bend or break relatively easily so remain cautious with your saw even when just making adjustments. Independent fences are also available for purchase. These are remarkably accurate and tend to yield pretty commendable results. Dust Bags: Because saw dust can be a problem with miter saws dust bags are essential for shop cleanliness and safety. They make a surprising difference in keeping your tools and parts clean but also save operators from inhaling airborne particulates. The dust bag connects directly to the miter saw and collects excess dust and debris during use.