Miter Saw / November 19, 2018 / Pernilla Lund.
If you are going to be making cuts of more than six inches regularly you will want to make sure that you get a saw that can handle them. Basically you have two options one is to move up to a 12 inch miter saw the other is a sliding 10 inch miter saw. Most people will find that the sliding 10 inch miter saw is the better choice for their needs. If you are about to embark on a large home improvement project you probably have a general understanding of common tools used for projects around the house. Hammers nail guns power screw drivers and saws all prove to be useful for DIYers trying to complete home improvement projects. If you are planning on adding crown modeling trimming studs or perform bevel cuts you are in need a of miter saw; also known as a drop saw or chop saw. If you are in need of a miter saw its time to start shopping. Before you make a purchase there are some things you will need to consider.
Slide the guard up slightly. This will reveal the screw that holds the guard to the miter saw. Loosen that screw so that you can slide the blade guard further backward. Slide it back as far as it will go positioning it about 170-degrees behind its usual position. This gives you access to the saws locking pin and blade bolt. Depress the saws locking pin (in the very center of the blade) and spin the saw blade until it locks. If your saw does not have a locking pin wedge your scrap wood (ideally a piece of 2x4) in front of the blade to prevent it from moving. Next using an Allen wrench (or an open-ended wrench) remove the blade bolt. Though many saws have a reverse threaded blade bolt the thread pattern is not universal to all miter saws. Accordingly you should look for an indicator on the tool of which way to loosen the bolt or review your tools manual before going to town on it. Remove the flange and finally remove the blade.
The most portable power miter saw has a blade of eight (8) to twelve (12) inches. The power miter saws cut your woodwork in a certain motion and is against a fence where it produces an angle that is so precise. Since the birth of the first chop saw miter saws have steadily become more advanced more popular and incredibly more useful. In fact where precision crosscuts and accurate miters are concerned there is scarcely a better tool than a miter saw. Allowing users to work faster and with far greater accuracy to perform compound miter cuts bevel cuts and to work with larger pieces of material the multipurpose miter saw is a tool that little else can contest.
There is however some variation in this so you will have to check your particular saw. If you look at your saw blade you will notice that it is wider in the middle than it is in at the bottom or the top clearly the closer to the middle of the blade you can get when you are making the cut the wider you will be able to go. Some saws allow you to go deeper than others particularly if you are using a compound miter saw. This will allow you to get another inch or so. That being said you should probably not expect to get more than six inches with a 10 inch miter saw. One thing to keep in mind is that the six inches that you get refers to a straight cut this is something that a lot of people dont think about when they are buying a miter saw. They assume that because it can cut six inches they will have no trouble cutting a 2x6 this is not however the case. If you cut a miter on a 2x6 the distance that you have to go is going to be a lot longer than six inches. If you have a 10 inch miter saw you should assume that a 4x4 is the biggest piece that you will be able to cut.