Miter Saw / November 30, 2018 / Tina Abrahamsson
When searching for high-end power tools at a low price craftsmen should also look for reconditioned tools. Reconditioned tools or recons although sometimes hard to come by are an extremely great value bringing craftsmen the highest-performance tools at a tiny fraction of regular cost. Recons for some minor cosmetic or technical defect have been returned to the manufacturer for stringent inspection and restoration processes. These tools are tested and restored to meet rigid manufacturer standards and are then re-released with a "R" trailing the model number. This little "R" (and potentially hundreds of dollars) is truly the only difference between a brand new tool and a recon. The value with these tools is truly a no-brainer; when recons are available snatch them up as an incomparable investment. Dewalts DW718R and DW716R miter saws are tremendous examples of the value of buying reconditioned.
This is incredible handy and especially helpful when cutting molding. Miter saws are available with one one bevel (single bevel blade tilts to the left) and two bevels (dual or double bevel blade tilts to the left and right). In order to make a bevel cut in the opposite direction single bevel saws require that stock be flipped end for end (which can be a pain). Double bevel saws on the other end offer simple bevels to both the left and right. While double bevel miter saws are more expensive the price difference (about $50 - $100) is almost negligible if you use the feature.
Screw the fence to the table loosely so that it can be adjusted. Use the long straight edge on the miter saws table and on the front of the fence to align the fence perfectly and screw down tightly. Repeat for the other side of the table if there is one. For the left fence place a "right to left" reading stick-on measuring tape along the top of the fence. For the right fence place a "left to right" reading stick-on measuring tape along the top of that fence. Before sticking down the tapes must be aligned perfectly. The left tape is measuring the distance from the left side of the saw blade teeth and the right tape is measuring the distance from the right side of the saw blade teeth. With a simple wooden fence like this you can use wooden stop blocks clamped to the fence with C-clamps for repetitive cuts.